Israeli strategy goes as follows, it said. It thinks it can delay, not destroy, Iran's nuclear facilities. Only America has that capability. Doing so means total war. Obama won't risk it pre-election.
Romney is more hawkish. Netanyahu favors him. Polls suggest a close race. Attacking Iran pre-election forces Obama's hand. Tehran's response assures extensive Israeli casualties and damage. America will have to respond.
"Netanyahu is gambling" that Obama has to or risk electoral defeat. Haaretz doesn't oppose war. It's concerned about having enough support for victory. Issues of law and righteousness don't matter. Winning is the only bottom line that counts.
Israel's longstanding strategy calls for eliminating regional rivals. Two essential premises are followed:
(1) To survive, Israel must dominate the region and become a world power.
(2) Success depends on balkanizing regional nations along ethnic and sectarian lines. It's modeled after the Ottoman Empire's Millet system. Local authorities governed confessional communities with separate ethnic identities.
Strategy calls for waging winnable wars by exploiting sectarian and ethnic differences. In the 1980s, dividing Iraq into Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish areas was envisioned.
Syrian strategy called for dividing it into a Shiite Alawite coastal state, an Aleppo area Sunni one, another in Damascus, and for Druze to set up their own.
Dividing Iran into multiple provinces was planned. The same held for the entire region. Decades ago, divide and dominate became Israel's strategy to survive. It may self-destruct by trying.
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