Haaretz’s editor-in-chief, Aluf Benn, wrote recently…
Netanyahu is preparing Israeli public opinion for a war on Iran
In response to Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech, Haaretz’s editor-in-chief says that what looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war.
…”Netanyahu is hinting that in his Washington visit, he received Obama’s tacit approval for an Israeli attack against Iran – under the guise of opposition. Obama will speak out against it but act for it, just as the past U.S. administrations speak against the settlements in the territories but allow their expansion. And in this manner Netanyahu summarized the visit: “I presented before my hosts the examples that I just noted before you, and I believe that the first objective that I presented – to fortify the recognition of Israel’s right to defend itself – I think that objective has been achieved.”
This morning, the editor-in-chief of the Israel Hayom newspaper, Amos Regev, published on his front page an enthusiastic op-ed in support of a war against Iran. Regev writes what Netanyahu cannot say in his speeches: that we cannot rely on Obama – who wasn’t even a mechanic in the armored corps – but only on ourselves. “Difficult, daring, but possible,” Regev promised. We need not be alarmed by the Iranian response: the arrow would take down the Shahab missiles, and Hezbollah and Hamas would hesitate about entering a war. The damage would be reminiscent of the Iraqi scuds in the 1991 Gulf War – unpleasant, but definitely not too bad. The analysts are weak, but the soldiers and the residents of the Home Front have motivation. So onward, to battle!“
The rightwing rag, Washington Times, ran this agitprop… Netanyahu says Israel won’t need U.S. OK to hit Iran
Then, you have more DC agitprop, backing Bibi up… Panetta: US will ‘take action’ if Israel hits Iran
…Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the United States would intervene if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, although he did not indicate the extent of the possible military involvement.
“Obviously Israel is an independent country, and they’ll make whatever decisions they make on their own based on what they think is in their national interests,” Panetta told Al Hurra, an Arabic news outlet, today. “If they should make that decision, then obviously the United States will — would take action to protect our facilities in this area and protect our interests in this area.” Panetta had been asked specifically if the United States would “intervene with Israel” in the event of an attack.
“We think we have the room and the space to try to conduct diplomacy,” Panetta also said. “Military action should always be a last resort.”…
Now, do you suppose Bibi is a tad bit pissed…? I’d kidnap Israeli soldiers if I were Palestinian – Shalit