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Regev's a close Netanyahu associate. Earlier, he served with other inner circle members between his two prime ministerial terms. His senior political analyst currently advises Netanyahu and writes speeches for him. Both men have agendas. Israel Hayom's used to advance them. They reflect lawless policies Netanyahu and extremists around him promote.
Like Netanyahu, he claimed Iran poses an existential threat. Comparing it to Germany's holocaust is reprehensible and duplicitous. Regev concluded saying, "Yes, it's possible to attack - and to succeed." He also urged doing it with or without America.
Distributed free, Israel Hayom's widely read. In 2010, it surpassed Yedioth Ahronoth as Israel's largest circulation broadsheet. It first published on July 30, 2007. Whether endorsing war will enlist more popular support remains to be seen. Many Israelis oppose it, including current and former government officials.
Benn suggests it's coming, saying:
"(W)hat looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war, and not just a 'bluff' or a diversion tactic."
"Until his trip to Washington, Netanyahu and his supporters in the media refrained from such explicit wording and made do with hints. But since he's been back, Netanyahu has issued an emergency call-up for himself and the Israeli public."
Benn and others think it's coming but don't know when. AIPAC's long been out in front urging it. Among other ways, in late February, Ilan Berman, vice president of the right-wing American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), hosted an American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) briefing session.
Forty congressional staffers attended. At issue was promoting Iran's alleged existential nuclear threat and support for global terrorism. AIEF's an AIPAC affiliate. AFPC's board includes Newt Gingrich, James Woolsey, Robert "Bud" McFarlane, Thomas J. Ridge, and other hardliners like them.