Is Chatter about Attack on Iran Dangerous for Israel?


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The increased chatter about an imminent Israeli attack on Iran has made the Iranian leadership nervous and heightens their level of unpredictability. In his Friday sermon, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranians that if his country is attacked, it would be “ten times worse for the interests of the United States than it would be for Iran.” He added, “Threatening Iran and attacking Iran will harm America, and added, “Sanctions will not have any impact on our determination to continue our nuclear course … In response to threats of oil embargo and war; we have our own threats to impose at the right time.”

ABC-News recently reported that Israeli facilities in North America and around the world are on high alert.  Iran’s threat to target Jews and Jewish institutions worldwide are taken very seriously, especially in light of the July 1994 bombing attack – carried out by Iran’s sub-contractors, Hezbollah – that killed 85 people and injured hundreds when they destroyed the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.

On Friday, February 3, 2012, Khamenei called Israel a “cancer tumor” that would definitely be cut off, and according to a report this past Sunday on Israel’s Channel 2 TV, the head of the Iranian Parliament’s research center, Ahmed Tavakoli, called for a pre-emptive missile attack on Israel before the end of the year to prevent an Israeli attack on the Islamic Republic.

Israel’s superior intelligence and geographic proximity to Iran prompts it to take action against Iran while they feel it is still possible.  President Obama is currently more concerned about getting elected in November than he is about Iran becoming a nuclear power and a worldwide menace.  A U.S. strike against Iran would help boost his reelection chances, however, there is a risk of economic consequences – like skyrocketing oil prices – which might further damage the U.S. and global economy, and possibly ruin his chance for re-election. Clearly, Israel cannot wait for Obama to act, and will not ask Obama’s permission to deal with its existential threat.

Sanctions, as the Ayatollah Khamenei stated, will not deter Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.  Yet, President Obama is counting on diplomacy and the sanctions to avoid war. He may yet face the shame of being considered a “second Neville Chamberlain” for his appeasement of Iran, and the war, when it inevitably comes, will be more costly.

This chatter, then, about an imminent Israeli attack, from both from American and Israeli leaders, is unproductive and dangerous.  The Islamic Republic is fully cognizant of Israel’s military capabilities, knowledge of which has served to deter them starting a war against the Jewish State. Iran’s “messianic” leadership, however, is heavily influenced by eschatology of martyrdom and, to expedite the arrival of the Hidden Imam (the Shiite messiah); it may unleash a preemptive strike against both Israel and the U.S. with grave consequences. It would be much better therefore to “speak softly and use a big stick.”

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  • Amused

    Your article contdadicts itself in a number of ways .What would you have Israel do or say ? lol…what would you have this Administration do or say ? You present scenarios pro and con and condemn both . I dont think you know what you're talking about , for this is simply another vehicle to slam the present Adminisrtration,which in your eyes would be wrong no matter what it does , and you're willing to criticize Israel off-handedly in that process .

  • David M

    The Muslim Nazi mullahs have advocated destroying Israel for the past 33 years. It doesn't matter if Israeli politicians say something but it gives the Left (the allies of mullahs) a reason to blame Israel. My impression is that Israel (although with first-hand intelligence, air force and best pilots) is aware that F15s and F16s with all their capabilities are not enough to deal with tens of secret underground and many other military facilities. The F15s and F16s have short-distance capability and they have to fly over hostile countries (Jordan and Iraq or Saudi Arabia) or worse Turkey ruled by Islamist terrorist supporting Erdogan and it seems unwise and very dangerous if not impossible The only country that can help Israel with long range bombers and cruise missiles is the USA (forget Europe) but it needs a man like Santorum or Gingrich to help Israel. I'm worried that the time is running out. Iran will use the bomb and the main question is if Israel has the bomb and in that case I suggest the city of Qom (the epicenter of Shia terrorism) as the first target and there are targets in the Sunni world but I restrain to name for the sake of avoiding controversy. I STAND WITH ISRAEL.

    • choi

      Destruction of Qom and it's nearby Fordo (built into a mountain)Nuclear Plant would truly make the world a better & SAFER place.
      Qom is the DEVIL's LAIR and Fordo is where they're "cooking" the DEVIL'S BREW.

  • Marty

    iran will attack Israel and other intended victims when it believes it has the means to do so and the political clout to get away with it. In that sense, what Israel does and when Israel does it, may not matter. The dilemma remains: the only strategy worse that rendering iranian nuclear installations harmless is to do nothing and wait for annhilation by genocidal sociopaths.

  • Nakba1948

    This is one of the most ridiculous articles I've seen on this website, and that's saying a lot. If the chatter about Israel attacking Iran is "dangerous" for Israel, it's because Israel has been doing the lion's share of the chattering. It's like worrying about a bully who may get a black eye because he keeps threatening to beat everyone up on the playground! No doubt Iran rhetoric toward the Zionist entity is less than friendly (and who could blame it?), but it's never threatened to attack Israel. Israel and its fifth column here in America, by contrast keep saying that the Zionists WILL attack Iran; it's not a question of if but when. Man, you Zionazis can dish it out, but you can't take it. Hopefully both the Zionist regime and the Islamist government in Iran will "vanish from the pages of time," preferably through nonviolent struggle.

    • choi

      NOT ONLY has Iran threatened to DESTROY Israel,but SO HAVE Y.O.U.R. FAKE "people".
      The PLO ,HAMAS ,PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD,etc. EXIST TO attempt the DESTRUCTION of Israel,and your very screen name here bearsthat out.
      There was NO "Nakba" in 1948,but the GLORIOUS RE-BIRTH of INDEPENDENT ISRAEL !

    • Ghostwriter

      C'mon Nakba1948,you're living in a dream world. Iran has repeatedly said it wants to wipe Israel of the map. Why don't you live in the real world,instead of your fantasy one. Why don't you and the rest of your Jew hating friends disappear back to the Middle East where you will be much happier.

  • choi

    Destruction of Qom and it's nearby Fordo (built into a mountain)Nuclear Plant would truly make the world a better & SAFER place.
    Qom is the DEVIL's LAIR and Fordo is where they're "cooking" the DEVIL'S BREW.

  • Amused

    Nakba , you're irrelevant , and btw so is your screen name .
    When the threat level reaches critical mass in the eyes of the Israelis , they will act accordingly ….it's their survival at stake . Blunderbust from American chicken-hawks notwithstanding .
    While conservatives and liberals , right and left ,are engaged in their unrelenting pissing contests , Israel through it's own intelligence apparatus , will be calculating and assessing the situation …their timing will be right as it always is .
    Confusing political babble such as this article , are in the realm of the useless chatter .

    • Nakba1948

      Wrong. It's the Israel-firsters like you who are irrelevant. The people are seeing through your murderous, hate-filled ideology. One day, the Zionists won't be able to rely on their American puppets for assistance. And when that day comes, the world will finally be able to deal justly with the Apartheid State and vanquish it once and for all. Viva Palestina!

      • choi

        Folks here is a prime example of TURNSPEAK.
        This POS and his MADE-UP 'Palestinian" people FALSELY ACCUSES the Zionists of EVERYTHING the Arab/Muslim world has been GUILTY OF DOING to them since Time imemorial.