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Left unsaid was that months of Turkish supported anti-Assad violence also "wreak(s) disaster in our region." Attacking one or both countries may destroy it and perhaps Turkey with it.

Yet signs suggest it's coming. On March 15, Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn headlined, "Netanyahu is preparing Israeli public opinion for a war on Iran," saying:

He's stoking fear of an existential threat comparable to Hitler's holocaust. Claiming it, of course, desecrates and cheapens its significance and meaning. Nonetheless, he claims Israel's only option is "attack(ing) Iran's nuclear infrastructure, which is buried deep underground."

Addressing Israel's Knesset, he "urged his colleagues to reject claims that Israel is too weak to go it alone in a war against a regional power such as Iran and therefore needs to rely on the United States, which has much greater military capabilities, to do the job and remove the threat."

Though US support is important, Netanyahu mentioned other times when Israel acted contrary to Washington's wishes and got away with it. None equal the potential consequences of attacking Iran, let alone illegally for fraudulent reasons. 

Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. Israeli and Washington leaders know it. Attacking a nonbelligerent country is lawless aggression. The same holds for Syria. 

Moreover, Israel had Washington's support for earlier aggressions Netanyahu mentioned, whatever position US administrations stated publicly. Earlier prime ministers made sure they got it quietly if no other way to avoid challenging a vital ally.

"That being the case," said Benn, Netanyahu hinted "he received Obama's tacit approval for an Israeli attack against Iran -- under the guise of opposition. Obama will speak out against it but act for it, just as past U.S. administrations speak against the settlements in the territories but allow their expansion."

Amos Regev , editor of the Hebrew-language Israel Hayom daily newspaper published a rare front page editorial. It advocated war on Iran titled, "Don't be cocky and don't be afraid." 

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