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Back in April, I wrote an article for Ynet which touched on the Iranian nuclear issue. I argued that only a handful of people have sufficient insight into Israeli military capabilities and civil defence structure, and the minutiae of the Iranian nuclear programme, to make a truly informed call over whether the Israeli government should resort to military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

I believe that the Israeli government has not just a right but a duty to do what it must to defend its country against the threat of nuclear aggression from the Iranian regime. Speaking in practical terms, should that include military action? I don’t have enough information to say.

A lack of information does not stop a daily herd of people offering their definitive, unsolicited advice to Israel. We hear from western armchair generals, who call excitedly on Jerusalem to unleash the dogs of war, assured by a belief that they themselves are unlikely to be in the crossfire of any immediate Iranian or Iranian-proxy response. We also hear from all manner of other self-appointed authorities including ironically-titled ‘peace activists’, Google-toting ‘experts’, and more.

Amid all this noise, it is easy to lose sight of the basic truth of the issue. The Spectator puts it well in today’s edition: ‘Historically, when tyrants talk about killing Jews they are seldom taken seriously, but they do tend to mean it…No one can expect [Israel] to wait for a new holocaust.’

What to do about Iran’s nuclear ambitions is probably the biggest decision to date in Israel’s history. It is arguably one of the biggest decisions in the history of the Jewish people. Rarely in my lifetime can I remember a world leader facing such a huge dilemma and responsibility as Benjamin Netanyahu is now.

And what a few days he has had. Yesterday, a 25-hour fast for Yom Kippur. Overnight, a 12-hour flight to America. This evening, a barnstorming ‘red line’ speech at the UN General Assembly. Epic stuff from Bibi.

12 Responses to “Israel and Iran: the basic truth and the red line”

  1. Michael cohen says:

    Effective speech but i am sure the comedians are going to have fun with that Micky mouse graphic and Bibi declaring “This is a bomb

  2. Leonie says:

    Bravo, Bibi! It doesn’t matter if the comedians have fun with it, Michael, it was a great way to simplify a complicated issue and make it understandable to laymen.

  3. Israelinurse says:

    One thing is for sure – the media won’t be able to resist the quirkiness of the cartoon bomb, which means that the message will be spread far and wide – as presumably intended.

  4. Michael cohen says:

    yes i am sure that is the case ‘All publicity is good if it is intelligent.’

    ‘The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.’

    Oscar Wilde

  5. Steve Wenick says:

    Bibi’s political critics and haters, as well as anti-Semites and self-hating Jews, will mock and pretend to be offended by ‘Bibi’s Bomb’. Truth be told Bibi’s Bomb was right on target. He made his point so clearly that it could not help but penetrate even the densest bunker brained folks out there, whether they admit it or not.

  6. Roni says:

    Bottom line, Israel cannot do it affectively without support of USA, it doesn’t have enough planes or even refuel planes, Israeli Air Force maybe the best in the world but it also very small for strike that magnitude. I truly hope they will “strangled” Iran to stop it’s program but it seems that Iranian government don’t give a toss about it’s people to reach that goal..

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