The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

The Real Iranian Threat to Israel

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In “Making an Enemy of Iran,” Patrick Seale best captures Israel’s real fear of Iran:

Why has Netanyahu chosen to portray Iran’s nuclear programme as the gravest threat to the survival of the Jewish people since Hitler? He must know that this is pure fantasy. Ehud Barack, his defence minister, has himself admitted that Iran poses no ‘existential threat’ to Israel. With its own vast nuclear arsenal, Israel has ample means to deter any attack.

But a nuclear Iran — if it ever came to that — would indeed pose a different sort of challenge to Israel: It would not threaten its existence but it would curtail its freedom to strike its neighbours at will. Israel has always sought to prevent any of its neighbours acquiring a deterrent capability. It wants to be the uncontested military power from Tehran to Casablanca. Hence the hysteria it has sought to generate over Iran’s nuclear programme and over Hizbullah’s rockets. How dare Israel’s neighbours seek to defend themselves!

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

November 6, 2011 at 4:11 am

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  1. […] around the world” having chemical weapons, try to imagine a world where Israel’s freedom to attack its neighbours with impunity whenever it chooses to do so is impaired. Share […]


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