Israeli Plans to Prevent a War Against Iran
"Israeli annoyance over recent
interviews with U.S. officials means that they don't want to have a critical
public debate, because that would weaken support within Israel for an attack
that is already being planned. This makes the radical exposure of every
potential scenario all the more urgent."
is angry over recent interviews with U.S. officials and analysts, in which an
Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is deemed more or less
unfeasible - and that could be good news, because it may mean that Israel still
has leverage to exert through military threats, which is leverage it doesn't want
to see diminished. And if the Israeli government had already settled on a plan
for attack, then a certain degree of recklessness would have already accompanied
annoyance could mean that they don't want to have a critical public debate,
because that would weaken support within Israel for an attack that is already
being planned. This makes the radical exposure of every potential scenario all
the more urgent. The Middle East's recent past is littered with cases in which
leading politicians have been in error when predicting the turn that events
most glaring example of course is the 2003 Iraq War, but Israel's 2006 war on
Lebanon also falls into this category. With that in mind, everyone should stop talking
about a "military strike." That would involve a prolonged military operation
- a war - that would not be limited solely to Iran, but would extend to its
allies in Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza.
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