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FT Scorns Israel’s ‘Rhetoric’ against Iran Deal

Israel would be better off acting on its own, without the deadweight of American support.
Former National Security Adviser Ya'akov Amidror (seen with IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz) told the Financial Times Israel should be able to attack Iran on its own.

Former National Security Adviser Ya'akov Amidror (seen with IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz) told the Financial Times Israel should be able to attack Iran on its own.
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Was the Financial Times editor curling up his or her upper lip when they wrote the sneering headline this morning: “Israel steps up rhetoric ahead of Iran talks”? Well, they were within their rights to be mocking this ridiculous Jewish premier screaming his head off, throwing everything and everyone into a desperate campaign to prevent Iran from receiving the economic relief it needs so it could go about making the bomb. You have to give it to him, he really looks silly these days.

Except now he’s been changing his tune, this silly Jewish prime minister. He’s no longer warning the world of what Iran is planning to do to Israel—and Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States, and, eventually, Western Europe—now he’s spelling out what Israel will do to Iran.

Israel’s former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror, a close associate of Prime minister Netanyahu, told the FT that the IDF could do to Iran’s nuclear program what it once did to Saddam Hussein’s atomic aspirations: put them on hold “for a very long time.” And he had no doubt that Netanyahu would decide to strike on his own, if he deems it necessary.

“We don’t need permission from anyone – we are an independent state,” Amidror told the FT. “We have our own sovereignty. If Israel is in a position in which Israel must defend itself, Israel will do it.”

That’s three mentions of Israel in one sentence—can you get more unilateral than that?

Amidror told the FT that the Israeli Air Force had been conducting “very long-range flights all around the world” in preparations for the long rage mission against Iran.

The FT spoke to defense experts who questioned Israel’s ability or willingness to strike—on its own, without the backing of the U.S. military—against Iran’s nuclear sites, including the underground enrichment facility at Fordow.

If you ask me, Israel would be better off acting on its own, without the deadweight of American support. I wouldn’t count on the U.S. military to do well in a mission that requires swiftness, perfect coordination, exceptional endurance and secrecy.

The U.S. is yet to carry out a significant, stealth mission without some screw up. Starting with Jimmy Carter’s choppers in the desert fiasco, through Reagan’s cut and run Lebanon fiasco, Clinton’s Black Hawk down fiasco, and Obama’s Bin laden fiasco – as one chopper went a-crashing even before the show started.

The U.S. military only wins in situations where it has a hefty ten-to-one advantage, and even then its percentage of death by friendly fire is the highest on the planet. What Israel needs from America are bunker busters, not pilots, thank you very much. Although by now Israel has probably figured out how to make a few of those.

Unlike what the FT military experts are saying, Israel does not need to remove the Iranian nuclear facilities from God’s good earth in their entirety. Just hitting the side of the mountain and covering the entrance with a pile of boulders would be nice for now. And who said Israel can attack only once? They can go back to finish up the next night.

Of course, Iran will shoot its ICBMs with conventional loads at Israel. Saddam did that, 41 times. Israel endured it then, as it did the Hezbollah and Hamas rocket attacks. But, you know, it’s just possible that Israel’s enemies nearby would think twice about doing that, because when caught on a bad night, Israel has the capacity to send them back to the stone age. The fact that it played nice in the past is no guarantee it would stay nice on a particularly bad night.

The U.S. been opposing a unilateral Israeli strike, which could draw Washington into a broader regional war. But Washington made a deal with Israel: you give us peace talks with the Palestinians, including the release of Arab murderers with innocent Jewish blood on their hands—we’ll continue to press Iran with sanctions until they cry uncle. Now they reneged on the deal; do they really expect Israel to smile politely and accept its inevitable demise? seriously?

Washington is on an equally forceful blitz to belittle Netanyahu’s concerns, depicting him as an alarmist who doesn’t really know all the details of the deal the more important countries are carving out for him. Secretary Kerry cannot hide his contempt for the pesky Israelis. Remember when, back in 2004, everybody called him a Boston Brahmin? Well, the BB is out again, and he’s livid.

Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz said last week that the total boost to the Iranian economy of easing sanctions could be $40 billion a year. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki disagreed, saying: “There are very large, inaccurate, false numbers out there in terms of what’s on the table.” And Colin Kahl, a former senior Pentagon official, said the figure was closer to $6-7 billion.

Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in Bloomberg last October that the U.S. was planning to release the $50 billion Iranian frozen assets after the deal is signed. That’s before letting Iran go back to selling its oil for $120 billion a year (it’s down to $45 billion). Whom do you trust, Bloomberg or the Obama kids?

The FT connects Israel’s latest warnings to the diplomatic talks with Iran scheduled for Wednesday, which U.S. officials say are “close” to success.

Of course, if you define “success” as Iran gets all its frozen assets and renews oil sales on the open market while putting its nuclear works on hold for six months—if at all—then we’re all winners, big success all around. But those pesky Jews just can’t be satisfied.

Benjamin Netanyahu did the news shows again on Sunday, blasting Obama and Kerry for the poor deal with Iran. And French president François Hollande, after the inevitable visit to Yad Vashem on a three-day visit to Israel, reiterated his tough demands of Iran.

Netanyahu told CNN on Sunday that “an exceedingly bad deal” with Iran was at hand. He warned that any easing of the sanctions would send “companies and countries scrambling” to invest there, with Tehran having to do nothing to earn it, in terms of abandoning its nukes works.

“I think a lot is being offered by the P5 + 1 for Iran,” Netanyahu said. “It’s getting just an enormous deal, from their point of view, and it’s giving practically nothing in return. They’re keeping their infrastructure to make nuclear bombs.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “FT Scorns Israel’s ‘Rhetoric’ against Iran Deal”

  1. ward says:

    Israel has all the bunker busters they need to do the job already. the United States provided them sometime ago.

    unfortunately though just as the prophets Jeremiah and Joel have stated Israel is going to have another war only this time they’re going to lose that battle and enter another captivity being dispersed among the nations for a short period until Messiah Jesus comes back to end the captivity sending His angels out to gather the remnant of the Christ believing Israel after the Great Tribulation referred to in the Old Testament as the day of the Lord and set up his kingdom on earth… but for now there is no government on earth that is a friend of Israel so Israel must beware them all

  2. Ward, get your scriptures straight. Read Amos CH 9 verses 11 -15; also Ezekiel/Yehezqel CH 34 to the end. Why would you speak a curse on yourself? There is no old testament, it us called the Tanach. Your animosity shows and you need to repent/tshuv/turn back to Master Yahweh. Why would Master Yahweh the King of kings, Master of masters, Heavenly Abba whom you say doesn’t keep His Word(Y’shua) who is the Word made flesh, and whom you speak evil against by declaring His Word(Y’shua)Master Yahweh a lie, and you spread these lies against His People?

  3. There are only two ways: the US congress to increase the sanctions to Iran or Israel has to strike Iran.

  4. ward says:

    Belinda go read Isaiah chapter 1 the 9th verse it specifically says except the Lord of Hosts had left us a very small remnant we should have been as Sodom and we should have been like on to GomorrahGomorrah

    continuing on order to show you the time frame in the second chapter of Isaiah in the second verse it says it shall come to pass in the last days which of these days by the way

    visiting chapter 3 verse one below it says for behold the Lord the Lord of Hosts take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff and the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water, the mighty man and the man of war the judge and the Prophet and the prudent and the ancient the captain of 50 and the audible man and the counselor and the cunning artificer and the eloquent or orator.

    further my advice to you is to read Zechariah chapter is 12 to 14 it is very descriptive about this last day event.

    it talks about all the nations surrounding Israel being in siege against them.

    it is a bittersweet time for Israel because they also find there Messiah Jesus in this day. in the 12 chapter and the temp verse of Zachariah it says and I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplications and they shall look up on me home they have pierced… that’s God talking by the way.

    King David in Psalms the 22 by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Week or the exact details of what Jesus endured on the cross. everything written there is confirmed in the Gospels so if you’ve never read them you should take a peek because it will be enlightning.

  5. Jonny Uziel says:

    Please get these annoying Messianics out of here! Come on Jewish Press – a little editing would not be amiss.

  6. It should be obvious by now that iran is hell bent on becoming a nuclear weapons country and NOTHING, I mean NADA, will stop them from achieving this ambitious goal! They want parity with Israel's assumed nuclear weapons capability and will achieve this goal at ALL cost. Israel is well aware of what is going on (the centrifuges are ALL spinning 24/7/365) and time is not on the side of the good guys. Israel will strike the rabid islamo-fascists at the right time regardless of what obama-kerry may or may not decide. After all, Israel has no choice if it wants to survive – and the Jews hopefully learned from the nazi holocaust that you can not be caught with your "pants down" when your very existence is at stake.

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