Israeli army refuses to attack Iran

On July 31, the Zionist entity’s prime minister Netanyahu in a rare interview with Israel’s Hebrew channel and the Russian channel admitted that no matter how he and his defense minister Gen. Ehud Barak love to attack Iran – many of his cabinet members and Israel’s military generals are against a war with Iran.

In the Israeli democracy, the one to decide is the ministerial level, and the one to carry out the decision is the military. I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said Netanyahu.

It seems Netanyahu agrees with former deputy prime minister Gen. Shaul Mofaz, who in an interview with the New York Times (April 6, 2012) had admitted that Israeli should let Obama attack Iran  on Israel’s behalf.

Israel’s daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on July 31 that the army’s Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the head of Mossad Tamir Pardo also oppose attacking Iran. Two other Israeli Generals who have voiced similar opinion, are Gen. Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad, and Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel’s internal security agency Shin Bet.

The US-born Israeli journalist, Larry Derfner, in August 1 article wrote that Israeli military/intelligence establishment, backed by Obama administration have come out forcefully against war with the Islamic Republic, isolating Netanyahu – who needs the cabinet’s support to attack, and there is no way he’ll get it. Larry Derfner was fired by Israeli daily the Jerusalem Post last year for speaking the truth that Palestinian terror is result of Israeli occupation.

It’s not often that the story out of Israel, and out of America’s relationship with Israel, is good, but the story that’s emerged over the last few days is much more than good, and given Israel’s build-up toward war with Iran for the last five years at least, the story is so out of character that it’s hard to absorb. But here it is – Israel is not going to attack Iran. Not before the November 6 presidential election, not afterward if Obama wins, and maybe not afterward even if Romney wins, which is unlikely,” wrote Derfner.

It’s not that Netanyahu doesn’t want to bomb Iran – he does, and he makes that clearer every day. What’s happened is that there’s been such a torrent of opposition in the Israeli media this week from the security establishment, starting with IDF chief Benny Gantz, and backed by the Obama Administration and Pentagon, that there’s no way Bibi can get his cabinet to vote for a war, and without the cabinet’s backing, he can’t do it. The ministers will not support Bibi in an extremely risky war opposed by the heads of the IDF, IDF Intelligence, the Air Force, the Mossad, the Shin Bet and the United States of America,” adds Derfner.

The Obama Administration has as much as promised Israel that if Iran gets within reach of nuclear capability – which it isn’t now – the U.S. military will smash it up to an extent that Israel can’t… As Gantz was reported by Channel 10 to say, an Iranian missile counterrattack on the Israeli homefront “will not resemble anything we have known in the past”. So I think the game is up. Making the case for war with Iran is now a losing battle, and people are going to start running away from it, beginning, I expect, with Ehud Barak, who has been Bibi’s equal partner in this whole scaremongering affair. There are other political/personal tensions pulling the two apart, but the air of futility that now surrounds the Iran file is enough for Barak to get off it. At some point even AIPAC may get the hint. Either before or after AIPAC, Bibi himself will give up, he’ll “move on,” until the only people still backing an Israeli war on Iran will be Sheldon and his boy Mitt,” says Derfner.

Patrick J. Buchanan predicted this in April 2012, when he said: “Israel cannot do to Iran what Bibi wants done to Iran. Only Obama can“.

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