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Another highlighted his anti-democratic agenda, targeting human rights and peace organizations. A June 2011 one worried that he's "dooming Israel to live eternally by the sword," saying:

He leaves "no opening for reconciliation and understanding with the Palestinians and the Arabs of the Muslim world....There is no surer recipe for turning his claim" about an insoluble conflict "into a self-fulfilling prophecy." As a result, he's heading the region for more chaos.

On Iran , Haaretz said:

"(B)ombing (its) nuclear facilities is effectively equivalent to starting a war. The implications of such a decision are liable to be dramatic and painful for the entire Israeli public."

Yet Netanyahu and extremists around seem hell bent for it. So do hardline generals, including IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz. On December 30, he called Iran's nuclear program a regional and Israeli threat. 

He stopping short of saying what many fear - preemptively attacking and destroying it. He did say, "through appropriate international and Israeli preparations, which I will not specify here, this challenge can be met."

Moreover, Israel may attack Gaza. According to Southern Brigade General Tal Hermoni:

"We are preparing and, in fact, are ready for another campaign, which will be varied and different, to renew our deterrence."

Stopping short of saying war, he left little doubt what he means. So does IDF chief General Benny Gantz. Commenting on Cast Lead's third anniversary, he called it "an excellent operation that achieved deterrence for Israel vis-a-vis Hamas."

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