Aluf Benn: Haaretz Daily
In a succinct analysis, Haaretz's chief military correspondent examines to the pros and cons of Israel's strategic options vis-a-vis Iran. But the dynamic may leave the country with no choice.So far Israel has chosen the alternative - preventive diplomatic steps. Advocates of this approach say that it has succeeded in delaying the Iranian bomb by a few years at a low diplomatic and security cost to Israel. Yet its usefulness is gradually eroding as Iran gets closer to the bomb. Under these circumstances, Israel is trying to show that its patience is wearing thin. It is trying to persuade others that if "the world" does not act, it will embark on war against Iran on its own. To strengthen the credibility of the message "Hold me back," a strike force has been amassed while the military preparations are being reported in the foreign press with unprecedented frequency. The force buildup is also important for deterrent purposes in the event Iran obtains nuclear weapons, the Americans attack its nuclear installations and Israel bears the brunt of a counterattack.
WOW! BUCKLE YOUR PROPHETIC SEAT BELT....I prognosticate that we are only a few weeks away from Israel's attack on Iran. I could be wrong, of course, so no picking up stones.