From The Times of Israel:
Israel can strike Iran alone if needed, says PM’s ex-top security aide
Yaakov Amidror, who stepped down earlier this month, warns there is ‘no question’ Netanyahu is prepared to act if necessary
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF November 18, 2013, 3:30 am
Israel can stop Iran’s nuclear program militarily and can do so on its own, Yaakov Amidror, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former national security adviser said Sunday.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Amidror said the Israeli Air Force has been conducting “very long-range flights…all around the world” in preparation for a potential strike on Iran, which could set back its nuclear program “for a very long time.”
Netanyahu’s former national security adviser, who stepped down earlier this month, said that there was “no question” the prime minister would make the unilateral decision to use military force should it become necessary.
“We don’t need permission from anyone – we are an independent state,” he said, adding “we have our own sovereignty. If Israel is in a position in which Israel must defend itself, Israel will do it.”
More at the link. The article noted that Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at a joint press conference with French President François Hollande, who is also opposed the the deal in its present configuration. Mr Natanyahu said:
When someone says they are out to destroy you, we have learned in our Jewish history to take them seriously. It is my duty to prevent anyone from credibly threatening or executing another holocaust against the Jewish people. This is my obligation, but I also believe it’s our common obligation for the sake of mankind, for the sake of our common future.
Realistically speaking, what choice does Israel have? The Israelis clearly do not trust President Obama to have their backs, and this “suckers’ deal,” as French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called it, isn’t doing anything to change their opinions.The Jews of Europe learned the hard way just what trusting their safety to the magnanimity of other people meant. Theodor Herzl’s seminal work, Der Judenstaat, was published in 1896, long before the rise of Naziism, long before anyone had heard of Adolf Hitler,1 because anti-Semitism was still a major problem in Europe; l’affaire Dreyfus was very much in the pubic eye at the time, and the anti-Semitic newspaper La Libre Parole was very successful at the time. Herr Herzl, though born in Hungary and commonly thought to be primarily a Viennese resident, lived in Paris at the time of the Dreyfus Affair, and saw Jews as being safe nowhere they lived when surrounded by a larger, non-Jewish population. The presence of Jews in an appreciable numbers, he wrote, led to anti-Semitism on the part of others, because it was useful and convenient to use the Jews as scapegoats. Naziism and השואה were simply the most extreme end of anti-Semitism, and, in a way der Führer surely never imagined, gave a rebirth to the state of Israel. It is a lesson that no Israeli can ever forget, and it is, at heart, the reason that Israel will act in its own defense if it believe it must.
When someone like Yaakov Amidror makes statements to the effect that he did, it’s not something casual. Such a statement by the former national security adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel is obviously meant to send a message to President Obama and Secretary Kerry that if they do not want Israeli to go ahead and strike the Iranian nuclear program’s facilities, they should not agree to any deal which eases pressure on Iran and still allows the Iranians to pursue their nuclear weapons program.
Will it work? Your Editor rather doubts it. While I do not believe that our President is the closet Muslim that some of his opponents have made him out to be,2 he does come from an Islamic tradition on his father’s side, and may well have more sympathy for the Muslim nations than have most of our Presidents. Even if he really doesn’t, the Israelis probably believe he does; in their position, they can’t really afford to give him the benefit of the doubt.
This could get very ugly, very fast, and it will take a change of heart and of policy by President Obama to prevent it. That isn’t something I expect.
- Adolf Hitler was only seven years old at the time. ↩
- The President claims to be a Christian, but does not seem to me to have any particularly deeply held religious views. To be either a serious Christian or Muslim would mean that Mr Obama would have to believe that there was something greater than himself, and I see very little evidence that he would think that! ↩