"Israelis remain divided over what to do about Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon," said Freilich. He knows full well none exists but won't say so. Instead he said:
"Many believe that a nuclear Iran poses an existential threat"and that Israel must do everything within its power to prevent such an outcome."
"Others believe that the threat is 'merely' dire, though probably not existential, that Israel should do everything within reason to prevent it - but not necessarily everything possible - and that Israel could, in extremis, live with a nuclear Iran."
Lying for a living pays well. Freilich and others profit from proliferating stuff they know is false. They say it anyway. Their careers depend on it.
In America and other Western societies, truth-telling gets little public play. It's excluded from major media discourse. Effectively it's orphaned on its own. That's how the propaganda model works.
In Israel, said Freilich, Netanyahu needs majority cabinet support for all national security decisions. He can't attack Iran on his own.
Freilich omitted saying he can't go it alone without Washington's approval and help. Israel never did it before. It won't now.
He explained that internal high level decisions occur in four forums:
(1) The cabinet plenum comprised of all government ministers.
(2) The Ministerial Committee on Defense (MCoD) for more expedited more discreet decision-making.
(3) Informal sub-cabinet committees like the "Forum of Nine." It's a ministerial body involved with high-level security issues.
(4) Informal consultations convened by Netanyahu. The defense minister and other senior officials are involved.
Positions adopted by the Forum of Nine and informal consultations have no legal standing. They're not binding. The cabinet and MCoD go any way they wish. At the same time, consensus achieved by the Forum and ministerial consultations often sway cabinet plenum and/or MCoD decision-making.
Most sensitive is potential war on Iran. MCoD members will likely make the call, not others. Majority consensus is needed. Adding Avi Dichter as minister for homeland defense tips the balance further for war.
Freilich admits that most Israelis oppose war. At the same time, they've been brainwashed to believe an Iranian existential threat exists. They hear it repeated ad nauseam. So do Americans and Europeans.