Israel Called Biggest Threat to World Peace - by Stephen Lendman
Israel is a modern day Sparta.
America easily takes top honors, followed by Israel, Britain, and France, the real axis of evil.
In Israel's case, it's easy to see why. It's been top regional rogue state for decades. No other Middle East nation matches it.
A new European Commission poll rated 15 countries. Respondents called Israel the biggest threat to world peace. So did past surveys, including a previous 2003 European Commission one.
New developments provide added reasons for concern. On November 2, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) headlined, "Israeli Government Grants A Green Light to Gaza Offensive," saying:
Air and ground attacks depend on if resistance fighters resume firing rockets. They respond to premeditated Israeli bombing and/or shelling. Israel calls it terrorism. International law calls it self-defense.
Egypt tried brokering peace. On and off ceasefires followed. "Israeli sources stated that no shells were fired into southern Israel Tuesday, and the army decided to postpone what it called 'stepping up its retaliation.' "
Others call it premeditated aggression, bogusly claimed to be self-defense. Further Israeli belligerence depends "on the severity of Palestinian attacks."
Army forces were authorized to strike Gaza "and will not need to wait for another government decision...." However, no action's planned while Egypt negotiates with Gazans.
On November 2, Haaretz headlined, "Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran," saying:
He and Defense Minister Ehud Barak favor military action. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Iran poses the most dangerous threat to world order. His comments are extremist rants, not thoughtful reason.
Cabinet opponents outnumber belligerents. Despite recent attention on Gaza, "political leaders have diverted their attention to arguing over a possible war with Iran."
No decision was reached, and if made announcing it won't follow. As long as media reports discuss internal debates, war remains unlikely. On June 7, 1981, when Israel destroyed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor, it wasn't suggested in advance. The element of surprise was maintained. Enemies aren't alerted to prepare.
On October 28, journalist Nahum Barnea discussed the possibility, saying Israel's military/intelligenge leaders oppose it. He also explained how Israeli political and military officials operate, saying:
"....(T)he political echelon decides, the operational level implements....But the process is more complex than" what's commonly believed. Israel's "professional level is an equal partner in discussions (on) every relevant subject" under consideration.