Will Israel attack Iran before the US 2012 election? The people of Israel do not agree on whether they should. But they seem to think that war will come, and they’re getting ready for it.
Israel getting ready to strike?
Mike Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team) said yesterday that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak had almost made up their minds to hit Iran. The reason: they don’t believe America will do it for them. Evans might have seen this article in Ynet News that said the same. (Russia Today reported on this, too. They wouldn’t cite the article, though.)
Israel’s Channel 10 said that putative US President Barack Obama would meet Netanyahu early in the fall. Obama will tell Netanyahu that America will attack Iran if “sanctions” don’t persuade the Iranians to drop their nuclear plans. The target date: June of 2013. But Israel’s Channel 2 said that Obama told Netanyahu not to rely on American help.
Netanyahu might not want to wait that long. The longer Israel waits, the harder the targets will be. Even the Americans know that Israel cannot wait too much longer. They speak of an “immunity zone” that Iran will enter by making its uranium-enrichment and other labs invulnerable to attack.
Sar Kenan. Here Abraham first came into Israel. (Photo: CNAV)
So why haven’t they struck yet? Because the Tzahal brass don’t want to. Furthermore, the people of Israel cannot agree on striking now, or ever. Amir Oren, of Haaretz (“The Land”), told his people to wait. The Iranians, he said, wouldn’t develop a nuclear bomb until they had a missile to carry it to a target in Israel or even America. And Iran is three years away from that. Oren is more afraid that Obama might demand that Israel demolish its experimental nuclear reactor complex in Dimona if Israel drags America into war with Iran.
Haaretz has always stood against war. But even they had an article about Iran’s leaders wiping Israel from the map. (And that comes from Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the real head of state, not the figurehead President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.)
Iran’s leaders don’t take Israel seriously. They say that Israel is only waging a psy-op. Netanyahu told this to American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta more than two weeks ago. He also told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that he shouldn’t go to a “non-aligned movement summit” in Iran.
Israel has other reasons not to trust the Americans. Why, for instance, couldn’t the White House Press Secretary answer a simple question about which city is the capital of Israel? In fact, it’s almost as if the US State Department thinks that “Israel” and “Jerusalem” are two different countries.
People of Israel get ready to hunker down
The people of Israel aren’t waiting for Netanyahu or Barak or Obama to make up their minds. They’re getting gas masks and gas-attack antidote kits as fast as the government can make them. They might fear the breakdown of law and order in Syria just as much. But the people of Israel talk about Iran, and the idea of attacking it, all the time. And the number of people against going to war has dropped below fifty percent in the latest polls.
So the people of Israel are getting ready for war, and talking about it. And talking. And talking. But this talk doesn’t seem to have slowed down Jews worldwide from moving to Israel for good. (350 of them landed at Tel Aviv yesterday, in the middle of all the war chatter.)
For earlier articles on Israel and Iran going to war, start here.