The Cancellation of a U.S.-Israeli Drill

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Whatever the impact of this development on the Israeli leadership, on Monday it was Netanyahu himself who continued in his deputy Yaalon’s vein, telling a Knesset committee that

The sanctions employed thus far are ineffective, they have no impact on [Iran’s] nuclear program. We need tough sanctions against [its] central bank and oil industry. These things are not happening yet and that is why it has no effect on the nuclear program.

He also said Iran had been quickly penetrating Iraq since the U.S. withdrew its forces, and that Israel, as a result, had to strengthen its defenses against possible attacks from the air and the ground.

In an atmosphere, then, of implicit and open accusations and counteraccusations, it is tempting to see the cancellation of “Austere Challenge 12” as a U.S. slap at Israel. While an alternative Israeli site claims that’s the case, mainstream Israeli outlets don’t go that far.

One of them, the Jerusalem Post, even hinted that it was a joint decision, reporting that “In recent weeks, [Israeli] Defense Minister Ehud Barak led talks with the Pentagon about the possibility of canceling the drill and holding it at a later date.” More typically, Israel Hayom reported that “the drill was postponed to avoid any moves that could heat up the region amid already high tensions between the U.S. and Iran.” (Officials are also quoted saying both countries’ budgetary constraints were behind the decision, while other officials are quoted denying this.)

In any case, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is on the way to Israel this week to hold talks with the Israeli chief of staff and other top brass. It comes as no surprise, the Wall Street Journal having reported on Saturday that the U.S. is increasingly worried about an Israeli strike on Iran.

If, then, the drill was called off because of fears of heating up the region, it seems more likely that the fears were on the U.S. side. For Israel the region is already heating up—possibly unbearably so. Israeli analysts Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel say that whereas, for Israel, Iran’s underground enrichment at Fordo is the crossing of a red line, “the American red line…is more distant—at the point were Iran has progressed in the development of a nuclear warhead….”

Israel doesn’t want to wait that long. It would much prefer that the international community join forces to stop Iran’s march to nukes. Its leaders are not convinced that’s happening.

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  • Flipside

    Sorry Mr. Israeli citizen with an FBI name P. David Hornik, but the Neocons have been dismantling our Constitution and taking our rights away on the basis that terrorism is bad and the USA is good, and that England and France stink. Now Israel commits an act of Irv Rubin terrorism like the Times Square bombing only successful, and we are supposed to say good job? Now Britain and France are awesome and the USA stinks? This is the Zionism I know.

    • HermitLion

      Oh no those zionist neocons and their mind-control helmets are out to get you! Better call a sane, genocidal muslim to protect you from them.

      • Flipside

        The time is over when a Zionist can hold a Muslim up beside himself to make himself look normal.

        • HermitLion

          That's not even close to a retort. Can I offer you a good psychiatrist? He's Jewish, not muslim, which means he can help you see between reality and the hateful haze that you call your mind.

          • Flipside

            Right. Everybody who opposes dropping white phosphorus on children must need mental help.

          • MixMChess

            The International Red Cross confirmed your claim is a lie, just like pretty much everything else you post.

          • Jpeditor

            As opposed to an idiot like you who stands with those hamashole homo-jihadis who hide behind their own mothers and children and launch rockets at Jewish civilians and then hold parades when they sneak into Jewish homes and slice the throats of Jewish women and children.

            Hey, see YOU on the "flipside" in hell, you sanctimonious swallower of jihadism.

    • Maher

      « Now Israel commits an act of Irv Rubin terrorism » You are pretty sure about what Israel « commits », are you a Mossad operative? No, you are just an idiot. Once again, which country Israel would like to whip out of the world map?
      « Now Britain and France are awesome and the USA stinks? This is the Zionism I know. « As a Frenchman I can assure you that in France (same all over Europe) the Arabo-Muslim immigration stinks.

      • Flipside

        You’re a Frenchman, Myer? Then act like one.

        • Maher

          You didn't answer my questions.
          You are definitely an idiot. A racist idiot (this is a pléonasme, so what?), Flopside!

          • Flipside

            Your questions are rhetorical piss. If you look at Israel it’s not even really on the map. It’s trying to finish getting on the map.

          • Maher

            Israel is not on the map but got already 10 Nobels. The Koran is really a hard drug to you, Flushside!

          • pat

            Flopside is an ignoramus and a Jew hater. No matter what you say to him isn't going to change his mind because he is blinded with hate and is illiterate. You cannot argue with idiots….they bring you right down to their level.

    • Asher

      We should bring the Mossad here to America and implement the Military Marxmen loyal to America!

    • Ted G

      There now Flippy, all those comments you made in response to my questions on another page about your personal philosophies like that you believe in freedom and all that were just lies eh! You can't have it both ways flip, and I bet you don't even see the contradiction do you?

      • Flipside

        No. Why don’t you explain it to me.

    • tanstaafl

      Still waiting for your apology, Flippy.

      • Flipside

        I didn’t even notice where you demanded one. What was I supposed to apologize for?

  • crackerjack

    Please keep the "International Community" out of this. Israel, rejects any form of international cooperation regarding it's own nuclear programm, rejects the Non Proliferation Treaty and is effectively a rouge nuclear state.

    • HermitLion

      Remember those courageous words of yours when the nukes would be turned on a target other than Israel, oh gentle hater of Jews.

    • aspacia

      Israel is not a signatory to the Nonproliferation Treaty, Iran is. It is Iran that is violating international law, as are most Muslim-majority countries. They started and continue the violence. They refuse to assimilate their brethren.

      • Flipside

        So you admit that the Nonproliferation Treaty is a scam?

        • alan g

          When was the last Israel threatened to destroy another nation? Never. So get off your rediculus anti-zionist rant. Israel deserves to exist.

          • Flipside

            Sure they do. With limited borders constrained to ONE COUNTRY.

          • ziontruth

            "With limited borders constrained to ONE COUNTRY."

            You might want to discuss the matter with the Arab imperialists coveting every inch of land the Jews still have.

          • intrcptr2

            So maybe the Palis will agree to this too?

            So why haven't they already? Oh, yes, their borders are the river and the sea, judenrein.

            Not good enough.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          So you admit that the Nonproliferation Treaty is a scam?

          If I were president I'd create the ObamaYoMoma Doctrine. It would state to the effect that any Islamic country that continues pursuing nuclear weapons 24 hours after the first warning, would summarily be obliterated.

          • Flipside

            Of course I admit that. The NPT is a world powers cartel. Jeez, Jim. The things you’d do if a blogger ran the world.

        • intrcptr2

          More rather Iran's not withdrawing from it, rather than their supposed adherence to it, is.

    • Maher

      Which country Israel sais and dreams (and tries hard by his proxies) whipping out of the world map?

    • stern

      Actually no, Israel may have started out as a "rouge" state, but you won't find that many Kibbutzim these days.

      Seems your spelling is about as competent as your political analysis.

      • intrcptr2

        Yeah, I sorta thought along those lines too…

        Ah, the delights of spellcheck.

    • Stephen_Brady

      "Rouge" is a form of makeup. I think what you were trying to say was "rogue". Unfortunately for you, both are proper spellings, so a spell-check will not avail you.

    • Asher

      Wait until the enemies of Israel find out just what kind of weapons she has!

      • Nakba1948

        Wait, don't tell me….latke launchers?

        • intrcptr2


          Sufganiot cluster bombs.

          Wrong holiday there, chief.

    • Nakba1948

      What makes Israel (and India and Pakistan, for that matter) so trustworthy that we can ignore its nuclear program when its not a signatory to the NPT? This may be hard for you people to understand, but the rest of the world doesn't place too much faith in a regime that shoots Palestinian children in the head for sport and bombs hospitals. Sorry 'bout that.

      • Maher

        How can you trust a country (Israel) where people like you (genocidal Jews haters) are freely teaching in the prestigious universities, freely speaking in the prestigious medias, freely elected in the parliament. I don’t trust Israel either…
        Don’t be sorry about lying Nakba, your islamofascist brothers are proud of you!

    • intrcptr2

      "red" state, hmm? So then Israel votes Republican? Odd, I thought Jews voted Democrat.

      Please to notice India, Pakistan also have not signed the NPT, South Africa demoblized all their warheads, and North Korea withdrew. Hmm, the only representative government in the ME, the largest democracy on the planet, Union of SA, North Korea, Pakistan. Definitely a rogues gallery there.

      Hint, hint; India and Paki have fought three hot wars since the 60s, conventionally. Neither Israel nor SA used theirs.
      North Korea continues to threaten the Pacific Rim with destruction, and Iran is doing the same thing in the ME.

      If Israel were truly a rogue state, there would already be no Palis to fail to negotiate with, Sinai, Judea and Samaria and Gaza, and the southern half of Lebanon would all have been annexed entirely by now. And it is possible that the Ka'ba would be a sheet of glass.

      Strangely, your opening shot is exactly what we're, and the Israelis, have been asking since before the '82 pursuit of the PLO into Lebanon; keep the UN out of this.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Well, I’ll be… We did not know that the Soetoro USA can have nuclear weapons, including 90 that Gates and his boss assigned to Turkey and are in storage at the INCERLK TAFB, and trod on places nobody want them. Yet at the same time believe that Israelis do not know the facts. Further, some of the folk there has the insolence to believe Israelis must not be allowed to either live in their ancestral land or defend themselves. The fact that the Piltdown man defrauders “invented” a non existent “pestilinean” rabble to steal JEWISH 30000 years old Land, will not be given a wave.

    The USA sent spies to sabotage Israeli self defense protocols and were cordially told to vamoose. Regretfully they left behind some 8500 meandering soldiers that, while running away from Iraq, missed the boats there and run all the way to Israel.

    Gentlemen. Israel will not accept murderous islamics or their associates to invade Israel and those erring on that are in from hard wake up call.

    Israel does not need your “hep”, capishta? For what I see few really want your help anywhere.

    So be good boys go spend some money you owe to the whole world and be quiet.

    • Asher

      We are for Israel first and foremost!

    • intrcptr2

      " I will bless those that bless you, and curse those who curse you", the Lord of Hosts, to Abram, ca. 1850 BC.

      Baruch HaShem H'Adon

  • Underzog

    If Iran gets the nuclear bomb or enough of them, I’m not so sure Israel will be the target but I know the U.S. will be one. Why do I say this? The Obama administration has been kissing Iran’s derriere so much that it invites the contempt of the Mullahs. Hitting the U.S. with a nuclear bomb after Obama has done so much to appease Iran would utterly humiliate the great Satan and — in Ahmadinejad’s eyes — bring about the hidden iman to boot.

    Keep in mind that picture behind Ahmadinijad in his world without zionism speech, and you would remember that while the Israel egg is falling, the American egg (also depicted as an egg) is smashed on the ground. Depicted here:

    So just which country will be on the receiving end of an Iranian nuclear bomb? And when an Iranian bomb does strike America, world antisemitism will blame the Jews for not using planes to delay the centrifuges.

    There will be a whipping up of hysteria against the Jews that will overtake rationality.

  • Steve Chavez

    I think Israel wants to keep their forces on the ready for attacking Iran and this exercise will take away forces in case they are needed. Israel also knows that Iran must build a bomb, or be given a few by Russia/KGB Putin our friend, before the election since they know that there will be a new Republican President who will take immediate action against Iran which will be too late.

    Jimmy Carter gave us Iran which is the world's major troublemaker now for thirty years and who funds Hezbollah and Hamas. Barack Obama will be the President who let Iran acquire a nuke which they will use to blackmail the world forever! Mr. Peace instead will be remembered by history for causing a world war and probably fought with nukes!

    Don't be surprised when Iran tests a nuke right before the election!

    • EdwinS

      Dont be surprised if the USA attacks Iran just before the election – it would make Obama a shoo-in for a second term.

    • Asher

      Never trust the present American Government until it changes leaders to someone who's record you can trust as a born American citizen and Truth teller.

    • Davod

      Jimmy Carter, and the State Department, and the CIA..

  • Uncle Samuel

    Debka claims it was Netanyhu who (wisely) cancelled the joint US/Israel military exercises.

    With the US having an unabashed Islamist president at the helm, any sane leadership of Israel would not do so.

    The Mossad (and half the US) knows who 'BH Obama' really is biologically and ideologically and what his aims really are: to make the US into the 58th OIC Islamic state. He believes he is the chosen one of Islam. He has used our weapons and money to establish Al Quaida across the north of Africa right under the noses of the US military and congress.

    Chutzpah is not enough of a word for 'Obama'. Gullible, blind, stupid – there are not enough words for the leftist idolators who placed him in the place of power and privilege where he could and continues to loot, rape, demoralize and kill the US.

    Islam, marxism and (fiscal/social) liberalism have much in common. They destroy people and nations. They cannot stand the scrutiny of truth (facts, evidence, history). They can only survive by repressing the truth and denying freedom and punishing dissent.

    However, both Israel and the West have compromised their own basic foundation – the Law and Commandments of G-D. Scripture teaches that only when we return to this as the basis for living and being a nation, can we withstand our enemies. When Israel rebelled, Assyria/Egypt/Babylon always rose up to attack, lay siege, take her captive. When Israel Repented, Returned to the Book of the Law, she was allowed to return to Jerusalem and Rebuild. Those are some of the basic Rs that are the foundation of national strength, prosperity and stability.

    We in the West and Israel now have laws that enable us to break all of G-Ds Commandments and some that would force us to do so. Unless we Rectify this, we will perish…Assyria is at our door. They do not have the strength of Righteousness, but will conquer us unless we Repent and Return to the Lord.

    We cannot defeat Goliath the Philistine in our own strength… only in G-Ds strength.

    (Isaiah 31:8-9, II Chronicles 7:14, 20:12, 34:14, Nehemiah 8:1, II Kings 22:8, Zechariah 4:6)

    • Asher

      Man is destroying himself, trust in Elohim, The All Powerful One and Creator!

  • Uncle Samuel

    During one of the GOP Debates, Rick Santorum said in few words what I have attempted to say in the many above.

    Santorum said (paraphrase): A nation's strength is in her laws, but only if those laws conform to the Law of G-D.

  • Uncle Samuel

    Meant to add this:

    Netanyhu has issued Israel's statement, not on the joint US military exercises, but to the Islamic and Western world.

    Read it carefully:

  • mrbean

    To flippyside and other genetic refuse. If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of victory There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, and only a small chance of survival. paraphrased from Winston Churchhill, whose bust was replace by Macolm X in the Oval Office/

    • Flipside

      Keep quoting your bust.

  • Asher

    The US government has been hijacked by Radials and Islamists. Israel's time is coming to stand on her own, Her power will be Supernatural and her enemies will be eliminated!

  • willywallace

    Concerning Iran's scientist. What if the scientist was about to defect, quit, or reveal to the world that he and others were in charge solely to build a nuke or already even have one? Good reason for Iran to knock him off and then blame others lke Israel right?

  • Debanjan Banerjee

    Wow now the West and ISrael enjoys killing a scientist.

    You know what my dear friends , this particualr forum has several times in the past condemned Muslims for barbaric ways like honor killings and the destruction of Bamian Buddhas or Fatwas to Salman Rushdie and Ayan Hirsi Ali etc etc.

    Now when a Muslim scientist is killed by the weapons of the West , it is considered as a just act by people like you.

    Actually history tells us that the West has been killing her best minds from eternity with the murder of Archemedes at the hands of invading Romans , the treatment meted out to Gallileo and of course the gillotining of Lavosier in the consequence of the French revolution.

    Roshan has joined the Pantheon of those scientists like Archemedes , Gallileo and Lavoisier who suffered for the cause of expanding the frontiers of knowledge.

    And you have joined those same mobs of "Barbaric hordes" whom you always claim to celebrate those barbaric events like stoning and beheading which you so often like to show to prove your moral superiority.

    Congratulations to you.

    • mrbean

      Ohhhh dear,,,, barbaric marines take a wee wee on the taliban terrorists corpses, They should have wrapped them in their prayer rugs soaked in pig grease, put them all in piles and burned them, and lett Allah sort them out! Even that would be nothing compared to the atrocities committed by the Muslims.

    • 9-11 Infidel

      Gee and how would a couple of western agents get away with killing someone in a police state like Tehran across from RG HQ? All those roadblocks, a paranoid Nazi guard corpsand cops? That was some fete. Oh but those Jews are magical aren't they? But those nasty American Marines peeing on a couple of dead swine is worthy of contempt. But the murdering, raping pedophile worshippers are not? Your Utilitarianism is just hooey.

  • tekow

    Israel is the true terrorist rogue nuclear state,

    • Nakba1948

      Accusation of "anti-Semitism" in 3…2…1…

      • Ghostwriter

        You both are slime.

        • Nakba1948

          Anti-Semitic slime? I hear that's the worst kind.

          • intrcptr2

            Merely redundant

    • ziontruth

      If the anti-Zionists believed half of the powers they attributed to the Jewish State, they wouldn't dare utter a single world against it. Oftentimes in the past few years I've been thinking Israel needs to make some of the accusations facts.

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  • Nakba1948

    Awww…are Bibi and his little coterie of sociopaths upset that their plan to drag the US into another war for Zionist hegemony has hit a hitch or two? This time, I fear Israel's machinations will drag not only the US but the entire world into a very bloody conflict. Of course, that's of no concern to the Zionist extremists and Israel-firsters on this site. You people are content to see the rest of the world go to hell to ensure that 6 million squatters can sleep a little more comfortably at night. Not only is there no hard evidence that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program, why would they EVER launch such weapons against Israel? It'd be suicide, and not even the nutty mullahs in Tehran are they crazy.

    • Maher

      The Arabs occupied peoples since the 7th century A.D. The nature of their rule never change: ethnic and religious cleansing. It turned native Jews and Christians into minorities in their own lands, forcibly converting them to Islam, appropriating their shrines and erasing their history. Jews in Arab countries were stripped of their rights and dispossessed of their property. In 1925 the Chaldeans (non Arabs, non Muslims) were a majority in Iraq (British census); less than 1% today. Same for the Copts in Egypt. So you are lecturing us about what, Nakba?

    • ziontruth

      "…6 million squatters…"

      The only squatters in Palestine are the Arab settler-colonist land-grabbing thieves falsely calling themselves "Palestinians." The only true Palestinians are the Jews. Free Palestine from all Arab imperialists stealing land from the one and only true Palestinian nation, the Jewish nation!

      "It'd be suicide, and not even the nutty mullahs in Tehran are they crazy."

      They're Islamic believers. That's reason enough to doubt the scenario of Mutually Assured Destruction would be such an effective deterrent as it was in the days of the Soviet Union.

    • intrcptr2

      Suicide is the point, the 13th imam won't return until the world is on the edge of the abyss.

    • 9-11 Infidel

      Nakbah eh? Well we know where you stand. Arabic is an interesting language. So is their history. Like this comment from a member of Al-Sai'qa in 1977:
      "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct Palestinian people to oppose Zionism.
      For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."
      – Zuhair Muhsin

  • Ghostwriter

    To the vile Nakba1948,the Mullahs are crazy enough to do that. That is what make them CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ekofo

    Leave Israel alone stupid leftists, you for years and for so long you've been hypocrites on your murders and genocide in Congo while in contrast you are the first to point the finger at Israel for defending itself in the front of the seas of mohamediens genocidal cult.. Congolese have been murdered by millions and their contry spoiled by the European unions( Belgium , France) and United states evil policies on encouraging The Criminal Kagamé et Joseph Kabila( with the latest most fraudulent re-election of a Criminal against the will of the congolese people).. Where were you about all champions of freedom??? Hypocrites, racists, anti-semites leftiste.. Your Champion Bill Clinton has Millions of congolese blood on his hands..nobody talk about it

    • ziontruth

      "Leave Israel alone stupid leftists,…"

      Hear, hear! Criminalize Marxism! Let the Jewish State punish the Leftist meddlers daring to tell the Jews where and how much to build on their one and only piece of land in the world! Anti-Zionism is illegitimate! Marxism is treason!

      • Flipside

        Their one and only piece of land? What about West Palm Beach?

        • intrcptr2

          But that's Seminole land!!!

          • Flipside

            Tell Bernie Madoff.

  • Stan Lee

    Apparently, the Obama Regime is trying Obama's one and only foreign policy technique…appeasement. This Obama Regime is so pathetically weak, it's beyond belief or description for an American government. Furthermore, if there is one individual in that regime who does understand the Iranian mind, that individual has yet to appear.
    Obama is absolutely ignorant of what makes the Iranian power structure tick, and Clinton is the saddest excuse for a Sec. of State in my lifetime of eight decades.
    All these clowns at the White House are accomplishing, with their attempts at kissing up to Tehran, is to give an impression of America's weakness.
    This will finally trigger a very reckless Iranian response and the war Obama thinks he's going to prevent, to help him win reelection, will be a full-blown war he can't possibly prevent. He is feeding the Iranian fanaticism by his failure to present Iran with the fact of our strength and committment to our friends.

  • Davod

    Macolm X in the Oval Office/ What happened to MLK? Not nip enough for Obama?

  • Fred Dawes

    The real Reason why the monkeys stopped the Drill the russians said " we will use nukes if you attack"..its been all over the world News but nothing in the controlled news system here inside the big camp system. BH Obama is so owned its a joke.

  • Andrew Benjamin

    Be advised it was Benjamin Netenyahu who called off the games.

    Not the other way 'round.

  • Flipside

    Sometimes the guy who keeps a gun to protect his family is Dick Cheney.

  • intrcptr2

    Love the user name, you should go to IntenseDebates and register.