Israel´s plan to attack Iran put on hold until next year at the earliest (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Amir Oren 03/29/12)
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At 8:58 P.M. on Tuesday, Israel´s 2012 war against Iran came to a
quiet end. The capricious plans for a huge aerial attack were
returned to the deep recesses of safes and hearts. The war may not
have been canceled but it has certainly been postponed. For a while,
at least, we can sound the all clear: It won´t happen this year.
Until further notice, Israel Air Force Flight 007 will not be taking
According to a war simulation conducted by the U.S. Central Command,
the Iranians could kill 200 Americans with a single missile response
to an Israeli attack. An investigative committee would not spare any
admiral or general, minister or president. The meaning of this U.S.
scenario is that the blood of these 200 would be on Israel´s head.
The moment the public dispute over whether to attack Iran is put in
those terms, Israel has no real option to attack in contravention of
American declarations and warnings.
That´s the negative side. The complementary positive side was
presented this week, on Tuesday evening. At 8:20, Pentagon spokesman
George Little announced that the Defense Department would be seeking
more money to help Israel fund the Iron Dome antimissile defense
Noting that support for Israel´s security was a top priority for U.S.
President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Little
said that, given the Iron Dome system´s success in intercepting 80
percent of the rockets fired from Gaza this month, the Defense
Department "intends to request an appropriate level of funding to
support such acquisitions, based on Israeli requirements and
Thirty-eight minutes after that, Defense Minister Ehud Barak publicly
thanked both Panetta and himself ("The decision was the result of
contacts between the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon" ).
Israelis may be the world champions of chutzpah, but even biting the
hand that feeds you has its limits when the bitten hand is liable to
hit back. When Barak thanked the Obama administration "for helping
strengthen Israel´s security," he was abandoning the pretension to
act against Iran without permission before the U.S. presidential
elections in November.
For all intents and purposes, it was an announcement that this war
was being postponed until at least the spring of 2013. (© Copyright
2012 Ha´aretz 03/29/12)
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