Israel to Attack Iran, After All?

Well, according to the Hebrew language newspaper, Ma’ariv, yes.

Apparently, on Thursday, Israel’s security cabinet voted eight to six in favor of giving Bibi Netanyahu permission to initiate an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities whenever he feels like it’s appropriate to do so.

Now, Ma’ariv is one of the top three newspapers in Israel, along with Yediot Ahronot and Ha’aretz. I don’t recall any other newspaper occupying the top spot. (Yes, The Jerusalem Post is a very nice newspaper, but it’s not an upper tier publication in Israel.)

So, why has no one but Zero Hedge picked this up?

I’m a little suspicious, but I am reminded of the fact that the USS Enterprise is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, which means that we will have three supercarriers stationed on either side of the Strait of Hormuz.

Coincidence?

I don’t know, but it would be a good idea to pay extra attention to the news over the next few days.


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Here’s the (rather poor) Google translation:

Evaluation: Most of the cabinet for Iran attack

Eight ministers tend to support the position of Netanyahu and Barak for attack Iran, against six opponents. Cabinet members told the Knesset, Netanyahu’s speech yesterday: “It sounds like a speech preparation for attack.” A senior official: “The prime minister did not wait for U.S. elections in November”

03/15/2012

Israeli political sources believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a majority Cabinet support Israeli military action against Iran without American approval.

Netanyahu’s speech yesterday (Thursday) in the Knesset on the Iranian issue was the so emphatic, incisive, and most explicit prime minister raised the issue last year.

He announced that he would not hesitate to perform the operation without the approval of President Obama mentioned the precedent of the decision to attack the Iraqi reactor, Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and with the comments heard yesterday some cabinet ministers say privately that “It sounds like a speech preparation for attack.”

A senior official said yesterday that Netanyahu is determined not to wait until after U.S. elections in November, because he does not believe that President Obama would handle the matter after the election, and he fears that the gift next year could cause that Iran will have nuclear.
Cabinet has not yet convened to discuss a crucial issue

Political – Security Cabinet 14 ministers. According to estimates, at this stage tend to support Netanyahu and Barak’s approach eight ministers, and six against it (including the traditional opponents octet: Moshe Ya’alon, Dan Meridor, Benny Begin and Eli Yishai).

It should be noted that the Cabinet has not yet convened a crucial topic for discussion and evaluation of forces based on secret talks held between Prime Minister to his ministers, and separately.

Speech

Netanyahu yesterday raised concerns among opponents attack, also in the political system and security system.

It should be noted that since Netanyahu’s return from the United States is not discussed or consulted with the ministers on the subject, and almost non-convergent octet in recent months because of the talk about the leaks coming out of it. More tranquility comes from the Netanyahu and Barak increases, the greater concern among opponents of an attack on Iran.

Missile after speech

Eric Bender adds: Netanyahu addressed the Knesset yesterday shortly before the Grad missile fired at Beersheba, and said that he salutes the residents of the south on firm stance. He noted that “there is no hermetic protection, and will never be. Combination of offensive ability, defensive ability and national resilience – this winning combination that we need to cultivate”.

But the bulk of his speech, debate imposed on him by 40 Knesset members from the opposition, Netanyahu gave the Iranian threat, while linking between the terrorist attacks from Gaza. “Israel will not tolerate an Iranian terror base in Gaza,” he said.

“Sooner or later, Iran’s terror base in Gaza uprooted. What is happening in Gaza is Iran. Where did the money come from? Iran. Who trains the terrorists? Iran. Who builds the infrastructure? Iran. Gaza is an outpost of Iran. Today everyone understands that the terrorist organizations in Gaza – Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah in Lebanon, sheltering under an Iranian umbrella “.

Netanyahu addressed the Knesset members and added: “Now imagine what happens when this becomes nuclear umbrella. Imagine that terrorist organizations standing behind a calling for our destruction, and armed with nuclear bombs. Any responsible leader who understands he must not let this happen.”

Livni: “enough to intimidate the people of Israel”

Netanyahu disputed during his speech to Kadima’s Knesset members. “We did not put Iran into Gaza – you put Iran to Gaza,” he snapped at them. “I know some people say I am full of terror. I heard people saying exactly the same things as my friends and I warned you before when we said that Gaza disengagement will become a giant terrorist base”.

“I left the government when I fly rockets from Gaza, Ashkelon, Beersheba and Ashdod. Said we sow panic. Said that the withdrawal one – sided breakthrough will bring peace. A break? What peace? Put Iran into Gaza – we pull out from Gaza to Iran”.

Netanyahu said that on his last visit to the U.S. He emphasized the “recognition of Israel’s right to self defense and” our right and duty to be masters of our destiny. ” “I never deposited it by others, even the best of our friend,” he said, recalling how then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, acted against the Iraqi nuclear reactor despite the demand for him to wait.

“In 1981, it must be guided for when faced with the issue of Iraq’s nuclear reactor,” he said. “He knew the international criticism will come, including the U.S., but dutifully follow. Over time we will find that our relations with the U.S. just go and become better acquainted. We prefer that Iran abandon its nuclear program peacefully, but the duty imposed on me is to maintain Israel’s self-ability to defend itself against any challenge. ”

Netanyahu’s speech came after opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, who said: “Historians will remember of your administration as using the threat and killed the hope. The Iranian threat is certainly a strategic threat, but enough to intimidate the people of Israel. We certainly have the right to defend ourselves, but not right but she was questioned the wisdom to use it. Responsibility is much more slogans.

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