FoxNews reports that those Israeli cabinet ministers who’d previously opposed a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities have changed their mind and now support it:
Sources close to senior Israeli cabinet officials told Fox News that senior ministers who used to oppose a strike are now for it. They believe sanctions won’t be tough enough on Iran, and point to Israel’s 1981 attack on an Iraqi nuclear facility — which was never rebuilt — as compelling precedent.
But other analysts warn the situation 20 years ago in Iraq is not like the current situation in Iran, where nuclear sites are spread out and harder to penetrate.
Though the report doesn’t specify which ministers changed their view, even a shift of one would offer Netanyahu a majority in the senior ministerial committee which approves such major governmental decisions. This would mean, if true, that Netanyahu has surmounted the final hurdle in gaining approval for an Iran attack. Which would mean that unless the domestic and international campaign against an attack has any impact on the decision makers, an assault could begin at any time.
Though virtually all current and past Shabak and Mossad directors oppose a strike, there’s always one dissenting voice. In this case, it’s Danny Yatom, former Mossad chief who supports an assault on Iran (Hebrew). You’ll recall that Yatom was the fellow responsible for the botched assassination attempt on Khaled Meshal in Jordan. That was the time when the assassins not only failed to kill the target, but they were caught doing so. This allowed the Jordanians to demand the antidote for the poison in return for safe passage of the would-be killers back to Israel. The entire mess caused a major rift between Israel’s formerly best ally in the Arab world.
Just as in the Meshal incident, Israel cannot possibly achieve its mission in attacking Iran. At best, it can delay the inevitable. Just think what was the result of the Meshal affair: the victim became a folk hero and rose through the ranks to become Hamas’ supreme leader and quite a capable enemy as far as Israel is concerned. That’s what happens in nature too when you fail to kill an elephant or lion, but only wound it. Your quarry becomes enraged and a far more dangerous creature than had you not attacked at all.
Israel can only wound Iran. It cannot land a knockout blow. A wounded Iran is a very dangerous creature.
Umm had a dram or two? “who’d previously opposed a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities have changed their mind and now oppose it”
U.S. is watching every move Israel/Iran makes. It won’t be a surprise attack.
Surprise attack? It’s all over the papers, TV and the Net. Everything short of promos and trailers.
Soon in the theaters! Tickets available!
Israel wraps itself in the flag of the irresistible force. Cannot lose. No siree. Is also immune and impune in respect of international law, so aggressive warfare is OK. That, at any rate, is the mindset.
And the reality? Who knows? UN is beginning to fight back (when the nations can strike without much cost to themselves, true): see UNESCO. How long until ICC? As to military invulnerability, Hizballah seems to have stymied Israel once, might do it again.
No way to know but to try. Wrapt in its flag of irresistibility, I think Israel will try it. It has no parents to set bedtimes. Those old Mossad fuddy-duddies, softies all, try to set a bed-time, but the children run this family. Uncle Obama is no use at all — just gives ice-creams whenever baby asks.
Baby has a testosterone problem. Not the first time in history.
RE: “Baby has a testosterone problem. Not the first time in history.” ~ pabelmont
BOYS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (Facebook jpeg image) – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=152832719154#!/photo.php?fbid=2516344104571&set=o.152832719154&type=1&theater
RE: “Israel can only wound Iran. It cannot land a knockout blow.” ~ R.S.
FROM TED RALL, 07/22/10: …Umberto Eco’s 1995 essay Eternal Fascism describes the cult of action for its own sake under fascist regimes and movements: “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”…
SOURCE – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/07/22-1
P.S. Triumph of the Will – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will
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Short of using nukes Israel can only hope to provoke the Iranians into unwise acts of retaliation. The military exercises, missile launches and daily blusters of jingoism from Israel’s organs of disinformation are smokescreens, that underlie the impotence and increasing desperation of Netanyahu’s regime.