Israel, of course, has no threats except ones it invents. Netanyahu prioritizes doing so. Fear is hyped. Pressing domestic concerns affecting Israelis most aren't discussed. At issue is whether regional war follows.
Haaretz hyped fear. The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) is an Israeli think tank. Emily Landau serves as arms control director. Retired Israeli ambassador Shimon Stein is senior fellow.
Their January 18 commentary headlined "Time for Obama to clarity US policy on Iran," saying:
Previous negotiations "failed to make headway." Bilateral US/Iranian negotiations were mentioned. Prominent US voices "emphasized the need to make one more determined and sincere effort to negotiate with Iran before moving to military force."
"Others emphasized that (Obama officials were) serious about not allowing Iran to become" nuclearized. "(I)f negotiations proved futile, (America) would indeed take military action."
Fear-mongering substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Annual US intelligence assessments explain best. They say Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
Nothing suggests nuclear weapons development. Washington and Israeli officials know it. Targeting Iran unjustly continues. What follows remains to be seen.
According to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, America prepared plans to strike Iran's nuclear facilities "surgica(lly)." They're ready if diplomatic efforts fail. He challenged the notion that full-scale war would follow.
"What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be a readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won't work because the world is determined to block them."
America "prepared quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels. So it is not an issue of a major war or a failure to block Iran. You could under a certain situation, if worse comes to worst, end up with a surgical operation," he claims.
In recent days, Washington upgraded its regional strike capability. Six F-22 stealth Raptors were sent to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reports suggest they're deployed longterm.
They're America's most advanced jet fighter. Their strike capability was enhanced. Ostensibly they can evade enemy radar. A UAE spokesman said basing them there poses no threat to Iran. Others aren't so sure.
Raptors have been operational for over a decade. They've been technically challenged. Their systems may not work as claimed. They've yet to be used in combat.
They carry eight "smart bombs." They can be launched at four targets simultaneously at high speed without losing stealth capability, it's claimed. Upgrading permits carrying out precise ground attacks. Multiple targets can be struck in one mission.