While insisting it was untrue that Israel had made any decision to launch an attack on Iran in the coming weeks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak sought to downplay the “delusional” media reports that a war with Iran would result in significant Israeli casualties.
“There will not be 100,000 casualties, and not 50,000 casualties, not 5,000 casualties and not even 500,” insisted Barak, saying the current IAEA report was probably the international community’s “last chance” to try diplomacy before starting a massive war on Iran.
Israeli media has said Barak, alone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are united in believing that an attack should be launched soon, and have been trying to convince the rest of the cabinet of the wisdom of doing so before winter makes it less convenient for Israeli warplanes.
Several members of Israel’s cabinet have expressed a preference for Netanyahu to focus on getting the United States to attack Iran instead, but despite repeated threats to that effect few expect President Obama to do so in what Israelis would consider a timely fashion.
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Great! that's wonderful, so you won't be needing any help then. go for it, and let us know how it goes,
and maybe we can keep that 3 billion a year to offset the rise in oil prices while you start a war with a country that somehow is an existential threat , but can't even attack you.
actually, I was thinking it's about time we start making them pay us back for everything we've given 'em…
Israel is at this moment the most dangerous country in the world. An attack on Iran would be the start of unbelievable carnage and death and could spark WW 3. The scumbag and liar Netanyahu together with his war pal Barak are right before the moment plunging the world into misery! The world especially the US should punish Israel for even thinking of doing so. Iran has not a nice leadership but they are no fools. They will not attack other countries (even Israel, whatever the rethoric) because they know that would mean disaster for their country. Attacking Iran because of the possibility they could have a nuclear weapon, will only make things worse (it won't stop Iran's nuclear program). Iran has a legitimate right to defend itself from an unprovoked attack and will do so. That means the US, EU, Russia and China will be involved pretty soon which could have disastrous consequences.
Offensive military action is ALWAYS economically driven. And by that, I mean it's created for the sole purpose of acquiring resources and substantially befitting those who orchestrate it, both fiscally- and by increasing their power of influence.
The "Human Rights" argument 'validating' our Iraq and Libya endeavors *MIGHT* seem believable, except for that part about us torturing detainees, etc.
"Torture" in the name of "Human Rights" is like trying to gain weight by being anorexic, or save electricity by leaving all your lights on constantly.
I am glad it will be so easy. It makes it so much easier to tell Bibi to do it himself. Send the Israeli jets into the battle and we will as usual replace any equipment lost. Of course if the guy is wrong and there are 100,000 killed there not much that we can do but I will say a prayer those dead and I will wish the grieving israel families well. So please since you feel the need to start another war that you do the bleeding. We have buried too many of our kids for your profits.
Oh, yeah, the warmongers are hurrying along, to and fro, finishing up their preparations to strike in November, right on schedule while their puppets at the NYT make the case for war against Iran just like they did 9 years ago against Iraq.
Not only are they trying to provoke the USA into an unjustified, needless and catastrphic war, but if the Israelis themselves did it (unlikely) at this time, just as the US troops are leaving Iraq, Iran's response would have deadly effects on the USA as well as Israel.
Attack Iran at the onset of winter? Hmm.
I call shenanigans.
Good point,but this will probably be an exclusive air war,which is less affected by cold weather.
Once the shooting starts, all bets are off.
Great, so no need for Americans to fight another pointless war. Glad to hear it.
Off you go, Israel. Have a good fight.
And when Hezbollah, Hamas, and assorted other decided anti-Israel outfits decide to throw their hat into the ring, the casualties will still be so low? Bibi and Barak seem to forget the drubbing the IDF got at the hands of Hezbollah a few years back- and now they're risking another confrontation with them as well as having to deal with the inevitable havoc Iran will play with Israel domestically? If I were an Israeli citizen I'd be scraping up some shekels for a plane ticket OUT before they start something they can't finish. Both of them are mouthing off and not caring one bit for the thousands of Israeli citizens who will be undoubtedly caught in the cross fire when Iran comes around for some payback for any Israeli attack.
On a related note, is Barak taking volunteers for Israelis to be included in the 'not even 500 casualties'? I'm sure Shlomo and Yakov- and their families- are beating the doors down to be killed at such a discount.
Bibi and Barak fully understand the danger in the attack. That is why they and their traitors in AIPAC are working so hard to get the USA to do the attack. Why have nice IDF boys and girls die when there are just so many of our kids that the congress and senate are willing to get killed. I fear that the 535 prostitutes in the senate and house will provide the pressure to get us into this useless attack.
Notice that the opposition to Barak and Bibi is not based in awareness of the folly of the war with Iran, but in a 'preference' for getting the US to do the fighting.
What are we talking about here? A bombing raid like the one that took out the Iraqi reactor a decade and more ago, or some kind of regime-crippling 'shock and awe'? I can't get my head around any of this.
There is a lot of difference between a quick run across the border and dropping some bombs and flying 1500 miles and refueling. Who is going to refuel the jets? Who will grant fly over. What is going to happen if the Israel fly over Saudi and the Saudi attack them. If they do not attack then Iran attacks Saudi for allowing the air space. You will then see Saudi and iran oil off the market and the price of oil too expensive for most.
So Israel is all gung ho about launching an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation huh?
Isn't that grounds for dismissal from the U.N.?
I say this with the absolute most sincerity:
ISRAEL: YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. AND NO, WE ARE *NOT* GOING TO HELP YOU FUCK THINGS UP ANY LONGER (or ever again.)
50 years of continuing to act like a spoiled toddler and persisting to make your problems The World's problems, have led me to the conclusion that continuing our alliance with you is a lost cause.
Please quit pretending to fight wars in the name of "peace", destabilizing the region to "ensure stability", and using offensive military action in the name of "defense".
If you're concerned about Iran's nuclear capabilities: BUILD A MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM, and well I dunno,
MAYBE TRY AGREEING TO DISMANTLE YOUR OWN NUCLEAR ARSENAL IN EXCHANGE FOR IRAN TO DO THE SAME?
*WHY HAS NO ONE SUGGESTED THIS YET?*
Because they own US(and every other western nation) ,our media and politicians.And that alleged forgery is all untrue,correct?Bogeyland for me for pointing out the emperors old clothes?
So I'm thinking that we should probably award Nobel Peace prizes to Hitler and Stalin, since the prize in '09 went to the commander of the largest military expenditure and deployment on the planet!
It's too bad too, I really thought that the Nobel Peace prize actually *meant* something, after Dr. King won it in '64…
We should probably award some kind prize for "Fiscal Responsibility" to AIG and Goldman Sachs too while we're at it…
Who is on the Nobel committee that gives out the prizes?I think that would be revelatory.
He's absolutely right, you know. There'll be no casualties at all. None. Oh wait, that was George W. Bush talking about Iraq. Let's try again: you just have to kick the door down, and the whole rotten edifice will come down. Oh, no, wait, that was Hitler talking about Soviet Russia.
These sorts of predictions have a way of going horribly wrong.
Now If I was a Mad Mullah from Iran retaliating against an Israeli First strike,I wonder what I would strike????
What would hurt the Right Wing more than any other thing on the Planet. Would it be Dimona, maybe, but that would be a War Crime. no the thing that would hurt the Right wing Politicians of Israel more than ANYTHING would be the destruction of "the Wailing wall"
That would hurt Bibi and Barak more than 10.000 dead Israelis, more than 10 Million dead Israelis.
Politically if that happenned because of their actions, their Political lives would be over.
Obama should allow the American Zionists to enlist in the Israeli army and take out their frustrations heroically without bothering us disgusted Yankees, It would be great fun following their adventures for free and without shedding one drop of our blood. Do go and serve proudly you brave heroes,
That is a very good suggestion. Heaven knows we would be much better off with the 535 members of the senate and house away. McCain is a former fighter jet pilot and he could lead the attack. Lets hope he does not wreck 5 jets learning to fly like the last time. George Bush is a jet pilot and he could be McCain wing man.
It is amazing how few of our elected official served in the military. The generals learned that the big bucks are in lobby activities so why be a congressman when you can be very rich getting useless military equipment produced.
The IDF have not been in a real fight since 1973. Israel has never provided one man hour to any military operation from Korea, Vietnam, etc. This time we should allow them to head the attack so they can prove who powerful the IDF really are when they deal with someone other than an old arab woman or child
Indeed, the IDF will be taught a very brutal, and much deserved lesson if Israel makes the mistake of attacking Iran. There is no one with a sense of humanity that does not agree.
How and why do all these weirdos get into power? World wide the crazier they are the better the chances they will get elected.
What do they all have in common? Certitudes – they know it all, never doubt, and are willing and eager to kindle hatred to enable them to start wars and go on killing sprees.
And worst of all they get elected.
AIPAC floods their picks with cash. They look at the lowest political office and attack anyone who they feel might not represent Israel interest. If you kill off the political career at the local office then you can keep the number who run for national office to only those who are prostitutes for the money of AIPAC. We have to totally broken political system. One of the greatest mistakes in our history was when they changed the founding fathers designed appointment of the state senators to election. We now have 100 clowns running all over the world doing anything AIPAC suggests. When the senators were appointed by local or state officials they keep the interest of the state as their most important issue. The election of senators came about the same time as they created the federal reserve and we got tricked into getting involved in WWI.
Israel deserves whatever they start without a compliant America wasting American lives, and resources. Let's hope that Bibi, Barak, and Liberman are the first to suffer. These cretins are war criminals in the purest sense of the word.
terrible if they pull off another 9/11 they blame on Iran…its the only way they get to use America as their expendable proxy army.
I see no downside in taking away Israel's annual taxpayer handout as well as their nuclear armaments…you know, the ones they "developed" without signing the NPT or allowing in IAEA inspectors.
In fact, this idea could only have positive repercussions for…well, just about the entire rest of the world, and certainly for the middle east.
"It's not our kids stuck in Iraq right in the path of the Iranian retaliation!"
Proving once again that Iran would have to be crazy stupid not to be developing nukes living in the target of these homicidal maniacs.
so stupid thiose countries wants to attack iran
iranian nation when they see the outsider attack to their country they become united .
if in case the israe attack to iran the persian golf and even all midel east will be on fire .
iran is not afghanestan and iraq which america and israel can overcome in short period of time .
why israel should have atomic bom but other countries like iran should not have .
this time in 20 century the USA as a logic country should not be in favour of war.
Once again with feeling: There will be NO attack on Iran!
I did however get a laugh out of "…….. been trying to convince the rest of the cabinet of the wisdom of doing so before winter makes it less convenient for Israeli warplanes." Why is that? Is it somehow more slippery up there for the planes in the wintertime? They should consider putting snow tires on the planes. lmao
In any case, there will be no attack.
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