Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 11 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Mixed Messages Coming from Israel on Iran

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   1 comment
Become a Premium Member Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Or how reputable the author is? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too.
Author 40828
Message Dave Lefcourt
Become a Fan
  (21 fans)



Isreali Lt. General Benny Gantz

by Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press




Whether it's a sense that attacking Iran's nuclear facilities would have disastrous consequences, would be fool hardy and crazy, the Israeli leadership seems at odds with itself over Iran.

The latest has Israel's top military commander, General Benny Gantz saying, "Iranian leaders are rational actors" and "would decide not to build a nuclear weapon".

Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contends he "would not count on Iran's rational behavior" while Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says he doesn't see Iran "as rational in the Western sense of the word, meaning people seeking a status quo and the outlines of a solution to problems in a peaceful manner", (whatever that means).

In a recent interview on Al Jazeera English, Israeli deputy premier and minister of intelligence and atomic energy Dan Meritor said, "President Mahmood Ahmadinejad never called for Israel to be "wiped off the face of the map".

And last month, Meir Dagan, the recently retired chief of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency said, "An attack on Iran is a stupid idea."

All this coming out of Israel of late after President Obama told Netanyahu in their meeting in early March that sanctions were working and this is not the time for "loose talk of war" on Iran. Also in the last month, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has also called Iran a "rational actor".

So has the Israeli leadership, particularly Netanyahu and Barak stepped back from the precipice and their urgency for attacking Iran sooner rather than later, especially with a number of Israeli intelligence and army leaders saying essentially it's a bad idea?

Let's hope so.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).


Rate It | View Ratings

Dave Lefcourt Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

An Ominous Foreboding, Israel vs Iran

The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

A Nuclear War Would Be Insane

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, While the Middle Class Gets Decimated

CIA in the Crosshairs

Iran Offers 9 Point Plan to end Nuclear Crisis, U.S. "No thanks".

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: