We´re on our own, and that´s okay (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) Dr. Gabi Avital 04/01/12)
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On Sept. 30, 1980 Iranian Phantom fighter jets bombed the nuclear
reactor in Iraq. The damage was minor. According to foreign reports,
there was also an unsuccessful attempt by the Mossad to sabotage the
reactor. Then, in accordance with intelligence assessments, Prime
Minister Menachem Begin decided to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
The decision sounded easy and pleasant, but until the day the reactor
was bombed, and even after, Begin faced countless detractors: Defense
Minister Ezer Weizman, Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin,the Mossad
chief, the military intelligence chief, the head of the atomic energy
committee and Shimon Peres, to name a few. These officials’
objections were preceded by years of American diplomatic efforts,
which also failed.
The parallels to today’s situation are many. Today, like then, Iran
is on the threshold of acquiring nuclear weapons. Like then, the
express goal is to destroy Israel. Like then, opposition to an attack
is coming from left-wing civilians as well as security personnel.
But despite all this, back in 1981 it was the prime minister who made
the final decision, as is customary in a democratic country. After
one delay the date for the bombing was set for just hours before the
Shavuot holiday began. The operation was renamed “Operation Opera”
(from the original “Operation Ammunition Hill”). And indeed, it was
an entirely different opera: the fighter jets evaded radars, overcame
fuel limitations, arrived at the target and destroyed it.
Back to present day. Israel is again facing mounting pressure not to
attack. “Suddenly” a congressional research facility serving the U.S.
Department of Defense “reveals” that an Israeli attack would delay
Iran’s nuclear program by only six months, and that the location of
the various nuclear facilities is difficult to determine. This report
is leaked to the media. An unrelated expert commissions a poll to see
how worried Israelis are about a possible attack in Iran.
Then, the masks come off. The magazine “Foreign Policy” asserts that
there is growing concern in the U.S. over an Israeli attack.
Diplomats and intelligence agents maintain that Israel has struck
close relations with Iran’s northern neighbor – Azerbaijan – so that
it can use its airfields to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear
facilities. According to the magazine, Israel has gained access to
abandoned Azeri airfields from which fighter jets could take off.
It appears that our closest ally is “worried” and doesn’t think
Israel should attack Iran. In other words, when a possible Iranian
response that could claim dozens or possibly hundreds of lives is
weighed against tens of thousands of deaths in an Iranian nuclear
attack, America and Europe are telling the Jews to sit tight.
During the First Gulf War, Israel was prohibited from attacking, and
we still got bombed by Iraq. Now, too, it looks like no one is going
to help us. If we go the military route, it is imperative that we do
it with a loaded gun. The government must choose the optimal course
of action, even if the so-called “enlightened” don’t like it. History
proves that when Israel defends itself, the outcome is good for the
Jews, especially in the long run. The writer is a PhD. of
Aeronautical and Space Engineering.
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