Israel is fully prepared to attack Iran if needed, declared Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, saying the military threat is one convincing method of forcing Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
According to the military chief, “the vectors of international diplomatic isolation, economic pressure and sanctions, disturbances to the [nuclear] project… and a credible military threat” make the list of factors that can influence the direction of Iran's nuclear program.
“In order to be a credible military threat, we must be super-ready, and as far as I’m concerned, we’re super-ready,” Gantz was cited by Israeli media as saying to the country’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Israel's F-16I fighter jet (AFP Photo/Yoav Lemmer)
Memo to Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gantz;
sir, I would very strongly caution you to be very careful about what you wish for here.
First, according to many studies, Israel may be able to start this war by itself, but will most likely need US military intervention to assist you to succeed in it.
And I can assure you, sir, that the American people have no appetite whatsoever for this war. They understand fully that they were lied to about the war in Iraq (for which Israeli leadership was cheerleading, as Iraq was being characterized as its "existential threat du jour" at the time).
They fully understand that to date, because of IAEA inspections, no nuclear materials have been diverted from its energy program into any kind of nuclear weapons program. The 20% enrichment which is happening in Iran is for the creation of medical isotopes; not to make weapons with which to blow things up.
They also understand that, due to the provisions of the Symington Amendment, and because Israel refuses to become a member of the NNPT and allow its nuclear missile sites to be inspected (there is no more "ambiguity" over this program, sir), that every dime the American government gives to Israel in military or financial aid, is completely illegal.
To be sure, the Obama regime may institute some kind of martial law with which to gag protestors against American military participation in such an attack; this will not, however, change the way Americans will feel about it, which will be that they have been betrayed by their government.
But let's say this war is neither a clean "surgical strike", or short, but drags on for a couple of years?!? The Israeli casualties will be enormous, and Hezbullah will be attacking every Israeli asset in the region and beyond.
And one question, sir: in attacking Iran, how comfortable does the Israeli military and political leadership feel about knowing that an attack against Iran will also kill members of one of the oldest surviving Jewish communities in the world, your fellow and sister Jews who are living in Iran?!? Just checking.
And even if the US does assist you militarily, this does not insure a positive outcome, and for the following reasons: the US government doesn't have the troops, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome.
And lastly, Chief of Staff Gantz, leaders of nuclear-armed countries such as Russia, China, and Pakistan have recently publicly stated that should Iran be attacked, they will go to its aid militarily.
So what we have here, sir, is the potential for a global thermonuclear war over an alleged Iranian nuclear program which cannot, to date, be proven to exist.
So please, be very careful about what you wish for as an outcome to a war with Iran; the unintended consequences from such an engagement could be both catastrophic and irreversible, not only for Israel and its future, but for the entire world as well.
( WELL SAID )
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