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By late 2010, the successes (temporary, perhaps) of the Stuxnet virus in crippling a certain percentage of Iran's centrifuges seemed to cool off passions on this subject, but now we're back to worrying. Keep in mind one important thing: The clock the Israelis are watching is not the one telling them that Iran is close, or not-so-close, to actually constructing a nuclear warhead and a delivery system for such a warhead. The clock the Israelis care about is the one that will tell them when they've run out of time to take effective preemptive action against the Iranian program, which is to say, when the Iranians put their centrifuges so deeply underground that they become beyond the reach of Israeli bombers. This is the issue we should be watching. Here's some bonus conspiracy material for those who enjoy such things: Last week it was announced that Prime Minister Netanyahu had canceled his scheduled appearance at the Jewish Federations' annual General Assembly in Denver this year, set to take place in the days immediately before the IAEA report comes out. The GA is currently ranked third as the world's most Netanyahu-friendly audience, just behind the United States Congress, and AIPAC. He doesn't usually like to miss such events.
Originally posted by SpeachM1litant
This is in the realm of redicoulous. As the Prime Minister of Israel, you would assume his intent would be to protect the Jewish people, not send them to an avoidable war, or a war of choice. I am worried that there is only a small majority in the cabinet opposing such decision, however, I hope realists prevail an war in averted. I would expect to see some resignations filed if such an attack were to occur.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a "small advantage" in the cabinet for the opponents of such an attack.
Netanyahu and Barak recently persuaded Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.
Senior ministers and diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency's report, due to be released on November 8, will have a decisive effect on the decisions Israel makes.
The commotion regarding Iran was sparked by journalist Nahum Barnea's column in Yedioth Ahronoth last Friday. Barnea's concerned tone and his editors' decision to run the column under the main headline ("Atomic Pressure" ) repositioned the debate on Iran from closed rooms to the media's front pages.
Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said he preferred an American military attack on Iran to an Israeli one. "A military move is the last resort," he said.
Can anyone confirm from creditble sources that Israel actually has nuclear long range weapons? Or is this all just wild speculation?
Kuwaiti paper says Binyamin Netanyahu believes the heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet may have leaked plans for attack
Israel's prime minister has ordered an investigation into alleged leaks of plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, it has been reported.
According to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida, the main suspects are the former heads of the Mossad and the Shin Bet, respectively Israel's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies.
Netanyahu is said to believe that the two, Meir Dagan and Yuval Diskin, wanted to torpedo plans being drawn up by him and Ehud Barak, the defence minister, to hit Iranian nuclear sites. Tzipi Livni, leader of the opposition Kadima party, is also said to have been persuaded to attack Netanyahu for "adventurism" and "gambling with Israel's national interest"....