11 thoughts on “Israeli anti-Iran war demonstrations tomorrow

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  2. Netanyahu, Barak clashed with army over Iran attack: report

    JERUSALEM | Mon Nov 5, 2012 3:19am EST

    (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered Israeli defence chiefs in 2010 to prepare for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities but were rebuffed, a television report said.

    Excerpts released on Monday of an Israeli Channel 2 documentary said the armed forces’ chief of staff at the time, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Mossad intelligence head Meir Dagan both objected to the order to raise the military’s alert level to “F-Plus”, which means a strike could be imminent.

    Barak, interviewed on the Uvda investigative show, said Ashkenazi told him the army did not have the operational capability for a successful strike against Iran’s nuclear programme, which Israel believes is aimed at producing weapons, an allegation Tehran denies.

    The documentary said Ashkenazi disputes Barak’s account and that he told confidants that while the military was capable of carrying out such an attack, to do so would be a strategic mistake.

    Ashkenazi, the report added, cautioned that just giving the order to raise the alert status could set off a chain of events that could spiral out of control and lead to a wider conflict.

    In an excerpt broadcast before the programme airs later on Monday, Barak played down the significance of the alert order.

    “It is not true that creating a situation in which the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) … are on alert for a few hours or a few days to carry out certain operations forces Israel to go through with them,” Barak said.

    Dagan, who since his retirement as Mossad chief has voiced opposition to a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, accused Netanyahu and Barak at the time of trying to launch a war illegally without cabinet approval, the television report said, citing participants at security discussions.

    Barak and Netanyahu have since signaled that an attack on Iran was not imminent. In September, Netanyahu told the United Nations that Tehran would be on the brink of nuclear weapons’ capability only in the spring or summer of 2013.

    Barak said last week that Iran has pulled back on its nuclear programme, which has given Israel more time to contemplate its next steps. {ID:

    (Writing by Maayan Lubell)

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  10. Uri Avnery: Israel’s Fake Enemy

    Israel’s fake enemy is still an enemy. After all, what would life be like without enemies?

    TOWARDS THE END of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war on the US. Their Nazi ally followed with its own declaration of war, and so did all its satellites.

    The joke tells about the Hungarian ambassador in Washington who delivered his declaration of war to the Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who decided to have some fun.

    “Hungary, Hungary,” Hull queried, “Are you a republic?”

    “No,” the ambassador corrected him, “We are a monarchy.”

    “Indeed? So who is your king?”

    “We don’t have a king, but a regent, Admiral Horthy.”

    “An admiral? So you have a large navy?”

    “We have no navy at all, because we have no outlet to the ocean.”

    “Strange, a monarchy without a king, an admiral without a navy. So tell me, why are you declaring war on us? Do you have claims against the USA?”

    “No, we have claims against Romania.”

    “So why don’t you declare war on Romania?”

    “We can’t! Romania is our ally!”

    I REMEMBER this joke every time Binyamin Netanyahu utters his blood-curdling threats against Iran. The struggle with Iran heads his agenda. He warns of the danger of an Iranian effort to produce nuclear weapons and implicitly threatens her with our “secret” nuclear arsenal.


    God knows. I search desperately for a reason for the Israeli-Iranian conflict, a struggle of life and death, and do not find any. Nothing. Niente.

    Wars between nations are based on conflicts of interest. Are there any conflicting interests between Israel and Iran?

    None whatsoever.


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