Since Irans threat to close the straits of Hormuz failed to throw the world into a panic they have decided to up the ante. The deputy head of Iran’s armed forces, Mohammed Hejazi, said: ”We are no longer willing to wait for enemy action to be launched against us. Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions … We enjoy the ability to show them all types of confrontation in case of a foolish act by the Zionist regime.”
This was a response to Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barack statement that, “Whoever says ‘later’ may find that later is too late.” It is no secret Israel, Iran’s main target, has been planning a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities for sometime. Only now it has become front page news. It is also no secret that the U.S. thinks, that at this time, it is a bad idea. Our military people feel such a strike is logistically unrealistic and would only cause more harm than good.
But Israel’s military is known for doing the impossible and making it look easy. One must wonder though how much more time will it take before Iran caves in to the world economic sanctions: enough time to actually build a bomb, with Russia’s help. But even if the US refuses to face the real danger of Iran’s nuclear program Israel doesn’t.
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Dan Meridor said, “Whereas in the past, there was a battlefield where tanks fought tanks, planes fought planes, there was a certain push not to see the homefront affected. Now the war is mainly in the homefront. The whole of Israel is vulnerable to tens of thousands of missiles and rockets from neighboring countries. So of course we need to understand the change of paradigm. If there is a war, and I hope there isn’t a war, they are not just going to hit Israeli soldiers. The main aim is at civilian populations.”
The U.S. is so concerned with the situation Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, was sent to Israel to discuss the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Brussels, “Israel has indicated they’re considering this, and we have indicated our concerns.”
But Israel is more than prepared to go it alone. An unnamed Israeli official is reported to have told the US envoy, “You stay to the side, and let us do it.”
So it looks like the Israeli’s have again pointed out that if the U.S. refuses to take action in a situation that threatens Israeli security they will be more than happy to carry the ball. With allies like us they really don’t need any more enemies. And the trust between us and Israel has degraded to the point Israel has bluntly told the United States it won’t even inform the White House of the situation until the strike has taken place. That says it all.