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Excerpt: "Israel's former defence minister Ehud Barak has said in an interview that three Iran attack plans backed by both himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were blocked by the military."

An Israeli mobile artillery drives during a military exercise in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 19, 2012, amid tensions over Iran's nuclear drive. (photo: Jack Guez/AFP)
An Israeli mobile artillery drives during a military exercise in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 19, 2012, amid tensions over Iran's nuclear drive. (photo: Jack Guez/AFP)


Israeli Military Apparently Blocked the Bombing of Iran

By Agence France-Presse

24 August 15

 

srael's former defence minister Ehud Barak has said in an interview that three Iran attack plans backed by both himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were blocked by the military.

Barak, defence minister from 2009 to 2013 told the privately run television station Channel 2 overnight Friday that the plans were drawn up between 2009 and 2010.

They were approved both by him and Netanyahu, but the response of the then chief of staff, General Gaby Ashkenazi, "was not positive".

Ashkenazi's successor Benny Gantz told the country's political leadership that "the possibilities (for an attack on Iran) exist, but you know its limitations and risks", Barak said.

He said the military's reservations convinced two members of the eight-member security cabinet -- Moshe Yaalon and Yuval Steinitz -- not to back such a plan, depriving the premier of the necessary majority to proceed.

Yaalon, the current defence minister, had the strategic affairs portfolio at the time, while Steinitz who is now infrastructure and energy minister was then finance minister.

Barak said an opportunity in 2012 to attack Iran was shelved as it would have coincided with large joint military exercises with the United States "which was likely to embarrass Washington and give the impression the Americans were directly involved in the attack".

In 2013, former prime minister Ehud Olmert accused his successor Netanyahu of spending nearly three billion dollars on preparations for an attack on Iran that never materialised.

For years, Netanyahu has trumpeted the threat to use the "military option" to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

He categorically opposes the agreement reached in mid-July between the Islamic republic and major powers which will lead to the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran.

Netanyahu and a large majority of Israeli politicians believe the agreement is not strict enough to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons which they could use against Israel.

Iranian leaders regularly call for the destruction of Israel, which they do not recognise.

Tehran has constantly denied its nuclear programme has a military dimension, saying it is for purely peaceful purposes.


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+18 # Dongi 2015-08-24 09:38
The Israeli military showed good sense in blocking the invasion of Iran. It has no nuclear weapons while Israel has 80 - 200. Just what does Israel have to fear with this preponderance of atomic bombs? Something else is going on in Natanyahu's mind beyond defense against an Iranian threat.

If there was an Israeli attack, Iran would probably close the Strait of Hormuth causing a world wide depression cuz of the shortage of petroleum. The shit would really hit the fan then. What would happen in the Mid East would be anybody's guess.
Thank heavens for the Israeli high command.
 
 
+4 # Billy Bob 2015-08-24 10:00
My personal feeling is that Israel is a fall guy for Western oil-funded imperialism. Israel is thought by many (left and right) Americans to be the driving force behind the aggression in the Middle-East. I think it's certainly aggressive and needs to be controlled. But, I also think the U.S. military industrial complex is using it as a convenience. None of OUR aggression is ever really about Israel at all.
 
 
+10 # REDPILLED 2015-08-24 10:34
Many of the neoconservative s, such as Richard Perle, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, and Paul Wolfowitz, are "Israel-Firster s"who pushed for war on Iraq, and for "regime change" in Syria, Iran, and Libya, still ongoing. Obama has retained many neocons as advisors.

Robert Kagan's wife, Victoria Nuland, is Obama's Assistant Secretary of State who managed the U.S. coup which overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in February, 2014. Neocons believe the U.S. must dominate every nation on earth.

Republicans share the neocon worldview, as does Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders, despite his disapproval of Netanyahu, is extremely pro-Israel.

Years before Dubya was given the presidency by his Dad's & Reagan's SCOTUS cronies in 2000, the neocons (Project for A New American Century) had planned for the overthrows of many Middle Eastern regimes to protect Israel's security.

See:
1. A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clean_Break:_A_New_Strategy_for_Securing_the_Realm

2. Powell's Chief of Staff Mentions Role of Neocons and Israel in Iraq War
http://home.comcast.net/~transparentcabal/article18.html

Do NOT discount the influence of the pro-Israel neocons as well as the Israel Lobby (AIPAC, etc.) on the 2016 elections. That influence is formidable and not necessarily beneficial to the interests of the U.S.
 
 
+11 # Farafalla 2015-08-24 13:35
This being an article from the MSM, points out that "Iranian leaders regularly call for the destruction of Israel, which they do not recognise." BTW: Most of the Israeli Right calls for the annexation of occupied territories (Eretz Israel) and to deny a Palestinian state forever. This is the position now in power in Israel. Why does that never get mentioned?
 
 
+2 # lewagner 2015-08-24 19:59
Quoting Agricanto:
This being an article from the MSM, points out that "Iranian leaders regularly call for the destruction of Israel, which they do not recognise." BTW: Most of the Israeli Right calls for the annexation of occupied territories (Eretz Israel) and to deny a Palestinian state forever. This is the position now in power in Israel. Why does that never get mentioned?

Yes, MOST RSN articles are from the MSM.
NO Iranian leader has "regularly called for the destruction of Israel" including all of its people, but a destruction of the present make-up of the GOVERNMENT.
Meanwhile, Palestine and the Palestinian people ARE literally being "wiped off the map", by Israel. The first link below shows territory loss. The second shows pictures of victims.
When Israel can show the same losses in Israel, caused by Iran, then I'll be willing to listen to their complaints about Iran. Until then, I call B.S.
https://fasttimesinpalestine.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/four-panel-map.jpg
https://electronicintifada.net/content/photos-gaza-buries-its-children-israeli-attacks-intensify/11914
 
 
+2 # Krackonis 2015-08-24 20:48
I was going to mention that. Plus Iran's has the largest Jewish population in the middle east. It's not like the people are full of bile and hate.
 
 
+5 # elizabethblock 2015-08-24 15:53
Iranian leaders hope for the disappearance of Israel, which is different from announcing an intention to destroy it -- which, of course, they cannot do. Israel has nukes.
I am sometimes asked if I want to see Israel destroyed. "No," I reply. "I just want to see regime change."
 
 
+1 # lewagner 2015-08-24 20:01
Quoting elizabethblock:
Iranian leaders hope for the disappearance of Israel, which is different from announcing an intention to destroy it -- which, of course, they cannot do. Israel has nukes.
I am sometimes asked if I want to see Israel destroyed. "No," I reply. "I just want to see regime change."

Yes, but "regime change" is only for them to want and KILL for, not for us to even want.
 
 
+3 # Krackonis 2015-08-24 20:49
Well unlike Iran, the US actually does fight and kill for regime change.
 

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