In recent weeks, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held at least five secret meetings with senior Israeli military officials to discuss plans for a potential strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities according to a leaked report.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
At the Hertog National Security Conference in Tel Aviv last Tuesday, he stated that it is more challenging to deter Iran's nuclear objectives through a reliable military deterrent “the longer you wait.”
Netanyahu shared his radical ruminations with Professor Walter Russell Mead in an interview while Mike Pompeo, the former US Secretary of State, and David Friedman, the former US Ambassador to Israel, were present at the conference.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the only way to prevent rogue nations (a quick jab at Iran) from acquiring nuclear weapons is through a credible military deterrent or actual military intervention.
“The only thing that has credibly stopped rogue nations from developing nuclear weapons is a credible military threat or a credible military action,” Netanyahu said.
He noted that it is not enough to merely couple economic sanctions with other approaches. Instead, he argues it is necessary to apply the use of military force to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
“The longer you wait, the harder that becomes. We’ve waited very long. I can tell you that I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That is not merely an Israeli interest; it’s an American interest; it’s in the interest of the entire world,”
Of course, America inevitably will get dragged into this conflict because the warmongering Middle East nation’s security has been, and always will be, a vital American interest.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen reinforced Netanyahu’s sentiments by imploring the US to provide a “credible military threat” to defend Israel.
“If the United States does not establish a credible military threat immediately, either Israel will attack, or Iran will have a nuclear weapon, which we will not allow under any circumstance,” said the foreign minister.
Israel's security is not America’s security.
Even if Israel is a just, honest actor in the region, which they are not, there’s much to address here at home first.
Every year, Washington sends billions of dollars in foreign aid to this apartheid regime that’s killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including 11 people in a brutal West Bank massacre last week while the U.S. has 37 million people living in poverty and tens of millions more without healthcare.
The dollars would be better spent at home.
Israel still receives the Pentagon’s support despite boldly announcing their bellicose intentions to potentially start a preventive war because they consider Iran a serious nuclear threat in light of their acknowledgment of 84% Uranium enrichment.
But, Israel already has nukes…
Oh, but they’re the good guys, and our ideological neighbors so it’s ok.
No hypocrisy to see there.
Netanyahu noted that in the past, Israeli military intervention has hindered Iraq and Syria from achieving their nuclear goals, citing the 1981 Israeli attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor in Operation Opera and the 2007 strike on a potential nuclear reactor in Syria in Operation Outside The Box.
Netanyahu pointed out that the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Tehran was only able to be agreed upon by the six world powers due to the credible Israeli military threat. Notably, Trump pulled out of the agreement established under the Obama administration which was foolish, and many experts previously believed the agreement should’ve been maintained, but broadly reinforced.
Netanyahu expressed that, due to the fear of being bombed by the "crazy guy in Jerusalem," Iran was initially willing to negotiate; however, the resulting agreement was deemed unsatisfactory as "they left the cash on the table."
Probably not a great idea to allow a Western-backed, war-hungry apartheid government with nuclear warheads to launch a preventive strike against another sovereign nation that may also have nukes, but that’s just my thoughts.