An Israeli Strike on Iran? Not So Fast

(Times of Israel) David Horovitz - Prior to Israel's last two operations against nuclear reactors in Iraq (1981) and Syria (2007), Israeli leaders did not spend weeks and months talking endlessly about the nature of the danger and an imminent possible resort to military force. There was silence. And then there was devastating intervention. This time, on Iran, Netanyahu, Barak and others have talked and talked. This is not the behavior of a nation that has decided on military action; it is the behavior of a nation seeking to sound the alarm. Israel evidently wants Iran to know that it is potentially poised for action in order that the international community will ratchet up the sanctions. All those well-sourced articles, with their tantalizing aroma of insider information, are adding to that impression. Which, presumably, is precisely what those anonymous security sources who spoke to those authors want to achieve: Bolster the sense that Israel feels it may soon have to resort to military action - precisely in order that Israel does not have to resort to military action.

2012-02-24 00:00:00

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