Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A number of observers are firmly convinced that the wave of recent Hebrew media
reports on a possible Israeli strike on Iran are the product of a dangerous and
potentially illegal collaboration between insiders opposed to such an attack and
pro-opposition media outlets dedicated to damaging Prime Minister Binyamin
According to this view, what began as a trickle of isolated
but unmissable front-page reports suggesting that Netanyahu and Defense Minister
Ehud Barak may have made up their minds to go ahead with an attack quickly
turned into an avalanche of reports that has hijacked the national agenda and endangered national security in an unprecedented manner.
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this view believe such reports have politicized fateful issues that lie at the
heart of the nation’s well-being in the Middle East.
Whether or not such
claims are accurate, Israel has also apparently joined the “message-sending”
club this week, days before the UN’s IAEA is due to release its most severe
report on Iran’s nuclear program to date.
The succession of defensive and
offensive exercises held in Israel and Sardinia appears to be an unmistakable
signal that Jerusalem has not removed the military option, along with its
repercussions, from the table.
Two Israeli voices, one signaling Israel’s
seriousness over the threat, and another expressing its opposition to an attack,
may be behind the flurry of headlines in recent days. Either way, the urgency of
the Iranian question is now firmly at the top of the national agenda.