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Israel Sets Aside $2.8 Billion For Unilateral Iran Attack
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:27:09 pm »
Despite ongoing talks and negotiations between Iran and the West over the Iranian nuclear program, Israel is taking no chances. Based on recent statements by senior military officers, a whopping amount of at least 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billion) has been set aside by Israel for a potential unilateral military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities in 2014.

These revelations reported by , quote three Knesset members who attended joint committee hearings on Israel Defense Forces plans held in January and February. This decision effectively retains the same budgetary allocation made in 2013 for the possible strike, and reflects the determination of the Israeli government not to be bound by the interim accord that was reached between Iran and the Western nations. And as second-round talks on a permanent accord resumed over the past few weeks in Vienna, Austria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continued to reiterate this viewpoint:  “…letting Iran enrich uranium would open up the floodgates…That must not happen. And we will make sure it does not happen.”

The Israeli government decision is based on the stated need to ensure its self defense, even as it becomes clearer that the U.S is not going to lead the campaign against Iran or to be a dependable ally for a military solution against Iran.

Excerpts from a recent report by quotes Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon: “Israel will do what it must to defend itself…We thought that the one who needs to lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S…we (now) have to behave as if we can only rely on ourselves…Weakness certainly does not pay in the world, no one can replace the U.S. as the world's policeman. I hope the U.S. will come to its senses."

Ya'alon made these comments with reference to the crisis in the Ukraine as an example of declining U.S. influence globally, given that Russian President Vladimir Putin seems unimpressed with President Obama's warnings.

The latest round of talks involves the European Union, Iran and top diplomats of the six ‘P5+1’ powers(U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) working towards brokering a permanent accord, thought by analysts and observers to have the potential to become a reality as soon as this July. 

According to, Iranian media reported that officials with the Iranian delegation said this round of talks will focus on how much uranium enrichment Iran will be permitted as part of a final accord, along with the future of the heavy water plant at Arak and the lifting of sanctions. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif reportedly wrote in the Financial Times that his country is not seeking nuclear weapons and said the West’s suspicions will threaten Iran’s national security. Zarif said Iran must convince the West that it is not seeking nuclear arms, based on an unpublicized fatwa ostensibly written by supreme leader Ali Khamenei forbidding production of nuclear weapons.

Why is the Israeli government now escalating its rhetoric on potentially striking Iranian nuclear facilities?

For one, indications are that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fears that a final deal will leave much of Iran’s nuclear capabilities intact. The Times of Israel reported that Netanyahu’s warnings about Iran have been largely ignored, and that a frustrated Israeli leadership now appears to be ratcheting up the pressure on the international community to take a tough position in its negotiations with Iran.

The “wake-up” call from Israel also comes closely on the heels of evidence that Iran recently tried to facilitate a missile smuggling shipment to anti-Israel groups. The seizure of the shipment did not seem to have impacted the course of the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear facilities, with the placid Western reception effectively shrugging off the ships’ deadly cargo. The reaction must have been particularly alarming to Israel’s leadership.

According to the Associated Press, Netanyahu said the world’s indifference to the naval raid was “hypocritical,” and he lashed out at Western leaders for condemning Israeli settlement construction while ignoring Iran’s transgressions. “The greater the pressure on Iran,” he said in his speech to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), “the more credible the threat of force on Iran, the smaller the chance that force will ever have to be used.”

Another likely reason for the political sounding of the Israeli alarm bells over Iran is to further rally its citizenry’s support against the Iranian nuclear threat. In a poll 4 months ago reported by the Times of Israel, slightly fewer than half of Israelis backed the use of a military option against Iran’s nuclear program, with the number dropping even further should the US not lend support for such an action. Hardly an emphatic local endorsement that could encourage or embolden Israeli leadership.

Other observers believe that an Israeli strike in the midst of the ongoing diplomacy would be considered inappropriate and would be overwhelmingly unpopular, so by highlighting its concerns now, Israel is just drawing attention to the need for extra caution in just how far the non-Iranian parties go in allowing concessions to Iran in this matter.

The Associated Press recently reported that an Israeli military strike would be extremely difficult to pull off, both for logistical and political reasons. Any mission would likely require sending Israeli warplanes into hostile airspace, and it remains unclear how much damage Israel could inflict on a program that is scattered and hidden deep underground. In addition, it would likely set off an international uproar, derail the international negotiations and trigger retaliation on Israeli and US targets.

It therefore remains to be seen whether Israel will actually take the unilateral action to attack the Iranian nuclear facilities. Current circumstances may not be conducive for that, but chances are that the timing of such an attack will never be conducive, especially with the lack of support from the U.S.

Ongoing diplomatic negotiations may well end up directly or indirectly boosting Iran’s nuclear ambitions, if her capabilities are not adequately put in check. And should Iran at some point decide to use its developed nuclear arsenal against Israel, irrespective of any prior written agreements with the West, it will be too late to undo the damage or manage the consequences of the Israeli response.
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Re: Israel Sets Aside $2.8 Billion For Unilateral Iran Attack
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 06:53:21 pm »
Israel strike on Iran would spell doom for US Empire: Analyst

If Israel launches a military attack on Iran, it will end the US Empire which might be more accurately termed as the New World Order bankster empire, a political analyst says.

“If Netanyahu attacks Iran and succeeds in dragging the US and Russia into the war, this week could witness not just the end of the US Empire, but the beginning of the end of civilization,” Kevin Barrett, a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, wrote in an article for Press TV website.

He added that while irrational attachment to Israel has lured the Empire into a series of disastrous attacks on Muslim-majority states, US President Barack Obama has thus far resisted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's orders to attack Iran.

    “The US is still doing the bidding of the Zionist bankster oligarchs who are the real power behind the Western throne. And those oligarchs – or at least the hawkish among them – are still pushing for world war,” the analyst said.

He said the oligarch hawks and the Israeli premier as their front man, frustrated by US resistance to attacking Iran, are trying to start World War III in less direct fashion.

    “Now, with the great powers on hair-trigger alert, Netanyahu, who has spent $3 billion preparing a go-it-alone plan to attack Iran, can light the fuse of World War III any time he chooses,” Barrett explained.

He pointed to the Malaysian Flight 370 incident and suggested it might have been an attempt to inflame Western public opinion against Iran.

Following the disappearance of the Malaysian plane, many American and Zionist propaganda outlets focused suspicion on a fabricated story about two Iranian men who supposedly boarded Flight 370 on stolen passports, he added.

The commentator pointed to the apparent photoshopping of the two Iranians boarding Malaysian Flight 370 and asked, “Was this yet another attempt to incite wars against Israel's enemies?”

“Even if the Empire's lunatic fringe [the Israel-centric neoconservatives] is stymied this week, they will have many future opportunities to wreak havoc – unless relatively rational Western leaders, assuming that any exist, decide to expose the neocons' gravest misdeeds and put an end to their reckless warmongering,” Barrett concluded.
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