Radoli’s Take: Netanyahu’s Peacock Nets Iran’s Restraint

February 25, 2018

Playmaker Don Radoli has an eye for influence strategy and the gamesmanship it propels. Watching the high drama of the recent Munich Security Conference, Radoli broke down the influence plays of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who took to the podium and raised what he claimed was a piece of a downed Iranian drone.

Using the Taxonomy of Influence Plays, Radoli decoded the PM’s flourish as part Call Out, Challenge, Declare and Peacock (and, we think, a bit of the Bait). It was all to incite a mud slug with the attending Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif. “Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should, it’s yours,” Bibi deadpanned.

As in physics, for every play there is an equal and opposite counterplay. “The FM’s response was brilliant,” Radoli wrote. “Instead of using confrontation plays, Zarif resorted to the more moderate Reject (Repudiate to separate) and Deflect (Evade to avoid) to sidestep the PM’s trap.” That the FM called Netanyahu’s stunt a “cartoonish circus,” also suggests the presence of the framing strategy, the Label (Simplify to stereotype).

A veteran journalist and communications strategist, Radoli has seen it all. He might have expected a quid-pro-quo of provoking counterplays. “It goes to show that a confrontational play doesn’t have to carry the day. You can actually pull it back from the precipice.”

Post by Alan Kelly with thanks to Don Radoli.