Having spent the better part of three decades making Iran the focus of their constant military buildup, under the pretense that Iran has been, throughout all that time, mere months from acquiring nuclear arms, Israel is struggling to come to terms with the nuclear deal by the P5+1.
According to Israeli Army officials, however, their own policy won’t actually change. Iran will remain a “top priority” for Israeli military expenditures, and they’re going to continue to assume Iran is seeking nuclear arms.
Israel’s military planning for a unilateral attack on Iran, something threatened for many years, similarly won’t be changing, as officials say they will continue to try to keep a plan for attacking Iran in place, expenses be damned.
While a lot of this is likely just bureaucratic momentum, and a lack of anything else to justify their huge military expenses, the Israeli military is likely to keep talking up Iran with an eye on the multi-billion dollar US “compensation” package to calm them down about the nuclear pact.
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Does that mean Gazans won't be slaughtered this year?
have to "mow the grass" on a regular schedule, you know.
Regardless RickR30 Israel will be gone in 5-10 years.
This terrorist organization Israel is being isolated day by day.
I never know whether to laugh or cry at the actions and rhetorics of these Israelis. Their IDF has only seen live action against unarmed Palestinians. Faced with a well trained force of a million soldiers as exists in the Iranian Republican Guards, they stand about as much chance as a snowball in hell. They got their comeuppance when they attacked Lebanon with an armada of their much vaunted Merkava tanks (God's chariot) that they claimed was the best in the world. The rag-tag Hezbollah demolished over 40 of them with hand-carried anti tank weapons from Russia. The brave IDF had to scurry back to Israel with their tail between their legs in one of their most embarrassing defeats against the Iran-trained Hezbollah. Since then, the Hezbollah has gotten even more powerful making an attack against them highly risky.
Now, here we have Israel threatening to attack Iran on their own lonesome, without support from the US. I wonder what the color of the sky is in their delusional world. Even we would have a major hurdle in attacking Iran, a country much larger than Iraq, with extremely inhospitable mountain terrain which would make a ground attack a daunting task, with a population of nearly 80 million, and armed to the teeth with missiles. Their fleet of rocket boats are capable of sinking our entire fleet in the gulf, shutting down the world economy as those supply routes are blocked.
Meanwhile, Iran is about to receive the much delayed S-300 missile system and has already been developing its own version of that system. This is what happens when you sanction a country – they become self-sufficient. Those systems stop F-16s in their tracks, making an aerial attack very risky. The F-35 was supposed to be the answer to the S-300 system, and we know what a dud that aircraft turned out to be (Israel still wants them – for free).
Without US support, Israel has no chance of attacking Iran and surviving using conventional weapons. So, what is it going to do? Use nukes? That will be the end of Israel.
So, let's just ignore the jaw-jaw from Israel. Without us, they are nothing, and it looks like we have finally wised up to the parasite that has been draining us for years, and are about to squash it underfoot.
It is not that they are beat on one issue. This one is huge and very public. After all these years, AIPAC and their minions in congress are going to be publicly debated for the first time. Watch this become a hot election issue and watch the price some of the pols pay for siding with them on the Iran issue. Israel's hold on congress will weaken this year and wither over the next year.
I hope you're correct – on everything. However, we've been burned before on expectations so, IYDM, I'll wait until it proves true.
You and me both pal!
“A lobby is like a night flower: it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun.” – this was the quote from Steven Rosen, who was then the director of foreign-policy issues at AIPAC.
The summer sun is streaming intensely today.
You are right people are awake to the Israeli lobby influence on government. And the American Patriots don't like this dual citizens in congress.
An Israeli nuclear attack on Iran results in a chemical / biological weapons response from Iran.
Nuclear weapons? Who cares?
I thought their first priority was stomping on Palestinians.
In my opinion, the ONLY way the American voters can eliminate the toxic influence of AIPAC and the self serving curruption of our elected representatives in Washington, is TERM LIMITATIONS. The avarage American voter is too tired, beaten down, underpaid, worried about job security and education, to pay serious attention to national elections. IF they show up to vote, they vote by "name recognition" and not by voting record of the incumbent senator or representative in Congress. They have no clue what their elected representatives vote for and/or endorse. And because AIPAC is the highest bidder, they get their greedy, self serving pawns to vote and support Israel, NOT theit own country.
Priorities as what? To start war with or to start a war with. Israel is an obstacle to peace in Middle East they all know that, but every know and then they need to make a noise that they are there for wars.
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