Now this is some of the most disgusting, bellicose and irresponsible political rhetoric I’ve heard from Israel in–I don’t know–about a week. But it truly goes beyond the pale. The story in Ynetnews is titled, We Need to Kill Him:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has to be killed. Really be killed, I mean, physically. He should be eliminated, put to death, assassinated, and all those words that serve to say the same thing.
Former Mossad Director Meir Amit said this explicitly in a recent interview with the Kfar Chabad weekly (Hebrew). It is indeed a very impolite way to express our disgust with the Iranian archenemy. Government officials, including ones who have retired already, usually merely hint at such matters – that is, if they choose to talk about them at all.
And still, Meir Amit is right. Here too, while we are so busy with manners and etiquette, the man in Teheran is vigorously advancing the extermination plan for the people of Israel.
Since at this time he is personally responsible for Iran’s nuclear program, and since he is ignoring the insistent pleading, various pressures, persuasion attempts and temptations, an attempt should be made to eliminate him.
There is no doubt that our president and intelligence establishment has run roughshod over civil liberties in this country and the world for the last six years. But I can’t imagine a former CIA director calling publicly in an evangelical right-wing publication (the equivalent, say, of Kfar Chabad) for the extermination of the Iranian president. Nor can I imagine the second most widely read daily newspaper in the U.S. publishing such trash as Yediot Achronot has done here. It’s repulsive.
Unfortunately, there is precedent for such histrionics. When he was Ariel Sharon’s enforcer, Ehud Olmert told the Jerusalem Post that Israel would consider assassinating Yasser Arafat. Indeed, Sharon’s confidant, Uri Dan, has just written a book about Sharon in which he reveals that Sharon clearly indicated with a wink and a nod that the Mossad did precisely that.
This is precisely the problem with a U.S. Mideast policy that unleashes the worst impulses within Israel’s cowboy intelligence community. I say, if Israel wants to unleash a Mideast nuclear confrontation by assassinating the leader of Iran that the U.S. should let them know in no uncertain terms that we won’t look kindly on this. But of course, nothing of the sort will happen because our Mideast policy has no independence or authenticity. One might credibly claim that the folks like Dick Cheney would actually encourage such statements and behavior.
Sol Salbe very incisively suggests that we replace the name “Ahmadinejad” in the Yediot story and substitue either “Bush” or “Olmert” and say it comes from an Iranian media source. Can you imagine the furor it would create here in the U.S. or in Israel? And we wonder why Iran lashes out in such an angry fashion at provocations like these? We call Iran mad or bellicose? Let’s look at ourselves and the lunatics in our midst who call themselves “journalists” or “intelligence officers.” We breed just as much talk of blood as the Iranians.
I don’t know whether the Mossad put Uri Orbach up to writing this article as a PsyOps tactic against Iran or whether it was Orbach’s brilliant idea himself. Does it matter? Israel should be saved from its worst impulses.