Israel “closer than ever” to strike Iran, report

Israel’s Channel 10 News reported on its Monday night broadcast that Israel is now “closer than ever” to striking Iran’s nuclear facilities. According to Channel 10 News military reporter Alon Ben-David, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes, “the time for action is getting ever closer.”

Ben-David went on to say during the report, which was broadcast in Hebrew, that Netanyahu may not even wait for a possible meeting with President Obama, which could occur immediately following the UN General Assembly gathering in New York late next month. An attack before the U.S. election in November doesn’t seem to be outside the realm of possibility.

“It’s not clear that there’ll be a meeting. In any case,” said Ben-David, “I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack.”

Israeli media outlets have reported that there is some fierce opposition to Netanyahu’s plan to strike Iran inside the Israeli government and within the military community. Israeli President Shimon Peres, the army’s chief of the General Staff and some top generals in the Israeli military have expressed concerns.

Ben-David also reports that there is a reluctance to strike among some members of the intelligence community, and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz has publicly expressed his doubts about the wisdom of such an attack. Ben-David says many in Israel question American commitment to back Israel in such an attack, based on the Obama administration’s past actions and comments regarding the issue. In any case, Netanyahu would have the majority he needed if he does decide to move forward with the strike.

This issue is still largely absent from the discussion in the U.S. presidential campaign. Both the White House and Mitt Romney made brief statements in response to new threats issued against Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last Friday, but the issue has so far escaped serious attention by either campaign or the mainstream media in the U.S.

Examiner

  • dateam

    are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet?

  • dateam

    are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet?

  • MekensehParty

    The Israeli are sounding more and more like the Arabs, a lot of barking and no action.
    Iran is crumbling under the heaviest sanctions ever, there is no need to hit them.
    A good percentage of poor Iranians will be starving in less than 6 months, 6 months later most of the poor will be without food, and the richer will be spending “millions” for a potato.
    Now let’s imagine the regime resists and continues the program and gets a couple of nuclear heads, what are they going to do with them? Are they going to hit Israel? of course not! The leadership is crazy, not suicidal!
    Nuclear weapons will never be used again, it looks like the most useful weapon but in fact it’s the most useless one.
    Enough barking Bibi, we know it’s all for political gains. Go take care of your social problems inside Israel and let the big guys handle Iran’s bluff.

  • MekensehParty

    The Israeli are sounding more and more like the Arabs, a lot of barking and no action.
    Iran is crumbling under the heaviest sanctions ever, there is no need to hit them.
    A good percentage of poor Iranians will be starving in less than 6 months, 6 months later most of the poor will be without food, and the richer will be spending “millions” for a potato.
    Now let’s imagine the regime resists and continues the program and gets a couple of nuclear heads, what are they going to do with them? Are they going to hit Israel? of course not! The leadership is crazy, not suicidal!
    Nuclear weapons will never be used again, it looks like the most useful weapon but in fact it’s the most useless one.
    Enough barking Bibi, we know it’s all for political gains. Go take care of your social problems inside Israel and let the big guys handle Iran’s bluff.

    • Moe2000

      Not if Russia China the entire S.C.O and NAM have something to say about that 140 nations are in Iran this week 40 heads of state including India Russia and China’s head of states. Iran is taking the lead of NAM for the next 4 years. Iran i also a observer in the S.C.O which stated will not allow Iran to be attacked.

  • I wonder why Netanyahu is not going to wait for his meeting with Obama… Israel was one of the very few countries that were  against Obama being a president simply becasue he did not kiss their ass. 
    that Netanyahu is becoming another Assad, Another Kaddafi, and another Nasrallah… I think it is time for him to be admitted to the Asfourieyeh. No military action of any kind and time has resolved any issues in the Middle East… Mybe it is time for all these crazy self promoting idiots to be dumped in the sea some place… 

    • 5thDrawer

      And/But they will be waiting another 4 years … considering the stupid crowd who is running against Obama. Every time they open their mouths it’s a disaster.
      By the way … did you know you shouldn’t skinny-dip in the Sea of Galillee if you’re a Republican? Hahahhaha
      Idiots.

      • dateam

        heres an interesting article i read..what do you think?….In Syria, it’s a straight up mercenary war. Rent-a-terrorists who use terrorist tactics, every one you can name, are enjoying full support of the press and are being armed by the US. Now why? What is in it for the US? Nothing. It is not about the US, it is about Israel. Bibi wrote a book about what his dreams were and that was to destabilize all the adjacent Arab regimes. Throwing Syria into turmoil prevents them from aiding Hezbollah in Lebanon. That is Israel’s real goal. Israel wants to attack Iran for the same reasons. If Hezbollah can be outed, Israel can expand into Lebanon as they tried to do in 2006. If you remember back in 2005 the pretext to remove Syrian troops from Lebanon was the assassination of Rafik Hariri. The event was blamed at first on Syria, and because of this their troops were removed from Lebanon but then it turned out they could not have done it. So the fall back position was to blame a Palestinian but again there wasn’t any evidence and shortly afterwards two others (the Majzoub brothers) who were assassinated in the same manner of a car bomb and then the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh also by the same kind of car bomb were discovered to be the work of the Israeli mossad. An entire spy ring was uprooted and their computers confiscated. Two of the spies Ali al-Jarrah and Yusef al-Jarrah (who ran a car export company ~ ideal for car bombings) turned out to be the first cousins of a 911 hijacker Ziad al-Jarrah who was supposed to be on flight 93 and whose passport was allegedly found near the crash site. And whose voice was the only one not recorded on the black box where upon the callers in the plane all mentioned only 3 hijackers not 4. None of it mattered because by the time all the investigating went through Israel had already beta tested PR by invading Gaza under the pretext of ‘kidnapped’ soldiers. And then they used the same strategy to start a war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. They claimed two soldiers were kidnapped. Even after the cease fire these men were never returned by the way it is debatable whether any of the story was even true. Israel assumed with Syrian troops out of the way and with Lebanon’s proper military not lifting a finger as their leadership had already been taken care of with a puppet installed, that Israel would have a one on one fight with Hezbollah and that they could easily mow them over. Well they were wrong. Syria’s military was gone on paper but Hezbollah still enjoyed plenty of support from Syrians. And Israel made a crucial mistake, they bombed Christian areas of Beirut and that caused many in the media to turn against them. They lost support of Christian Zionists leadership and began to lose the PR war. And because they were being embarrassed by Hezbollah and the Israeli paper tiger was being exposed, Israel decided to up the death count by attacking civilians. So they murdered over a thousand innocent people. This had the world community turn on them and they were forced into a cease fire. So plan C is to finish up Syria first and Iran and then they believe they can really go hands untied into Lebanon. These people are absolutely that crazy. This is a Nazi like state philosophically with open ethnic cleansing and mobile borders. And the US will support it because the mass media in the US is completely Zionist occupied from top to bottom. So remember as gas prices rise and the national debt continues to soar, who sent us to war. We went to war for Israel in Iraq and the conflict in Syria as far as the US is concerned in completely for Israeli not American interest and part of a greater plot to topple Iran and Lebanon. We do not benefit from it at all. In fact it flies in the face of our own interest. But you know what? It is gonna happen. While the kooksville charlatans just blame invisible groups or vaguely say CIA’da does everything seemingly with no motive or direction, and the mass media continues to spout Israeli talking points, very few in the alternative media have a grasp of the history and what is going on and what the end goal is and they are not being listened to.

        • 5thDrawer

          Interesting Dateam. Anything in this world could be possible. There is one line in the article that I like … and perhaps it fits into last lines above in yours.
          “but the issue has so far escaped serious attention by either campaign or the mainstream media in the U.S.”
          I have watched ‘News Shows’ on American TV … yet seen little or nothing of world news in content. Many times, not even news beyond state lines unless the president actually said something. And I seriously doubt that most Americans even watch that. News in other countries may be regarded the same way, possibly … not enough people want to be bored by factual reporting on a TV. Those who wish to keep a public informed unfortunately need to try to make advertising money as well … and the news becomes too often a ‘personality show’ of opinion, with some facts added on occasion. Only the sensational, or bits of radical stupidity, make what you might call a ‘headline piece’.
          The print media – largely failing since the invention of TV – and certainly since the computer – suffers a similar fate. Some people I know have admitted they only read headlines!! Relatively few dig deep enough to find those boring simple facts. Who but a politician might actually read every word said in government debates … at least, in those countries where they are printed for everyone’s inspection??
          So, I think we could say that generally, people are uninformed. And the ones searching for information can be easily misinformed as well. In fact, I would dare to say that any who are searching will gravitate not to the simple boring fact-sites or papers, but to the ‘entertaining ones’ that fit best with their own feelings on any given hypothesis. I dare to say we all do that. It is really difficult to read some of ‘the sites’ one may see as counter to one’s version of sanity.
          Back to your question … In this case I would LIKE to think all the sub-plots could not happen. That sanity reigns somewhere. Yet I know also that the world has had some narrow-agenda minds working in it over all of history. So I need to pick it apart and try to find the back-up with facts – dismiss it altogether – or absolutely believe the writer has his facts right.
          Frankly, in matters of politics, one hopes that majority opinion will always be strongest no matter what little despotic tricks are being played. But I wish people actually searched for truth more often.

        • dateam

          the problem in the states is that its a very insular society…alot of people tell me when they go there that all the news is about america…which to a point you cant blame them for a population of over 350m

        • 5thDrawer

          You might be able to say that of any country, dateam, which has large populations and especially larger areas of land. As Humans We are largely a part of our surroundings, more than anything.
          A person growing up on one side of the USA does not think in quite the same as on the other, or in the middle. Different cultures evolved FROM different cultures depending on where they landed in the ‘New World’. The miracle is that they learned to work together by joining states under one umbrella name – United States – with a central government. Mostly. Eventually. When they finally figured out it was better for them to do that. In some ways they still hope.
          Most European countries did the same … small fiefs joined or took over others, but eventually they created ‘countries’. The average Chinese or Russian I am sure doesn’t consider much about Middle-East problems, except as headlines that might cost them money in taxes.
          And here today the question from YaLibnan comes up … why, in such a small bit of land, have various cultures not learned to live happily together – as Lebanese first? IS it those deep valleys between the villages and fiefs??
          Hmmmm ….. is that why they are filling them with the garbage?

      • dateam

        heres an interesting article i read..what do you think?….In Syria, it’s a straight up mercenary war. Rent-a-terrorists who use terrorist tactics, every one you can name, are enjoying full support of the press and are being armed by the US. Now why? What is in it for the US? Nothing. It is not about the US, it is about Israel. Bibi wrote a book about what his dreams were and that was to destabilize all the adjacent Arab regimes. Throwing Syria into turmoil prevents them from aiding Hezbollah in Lebanon. That is Israel’s real goal. Israel wants to attack Iran for the same reasons. If Hezbollah can be outed, Israel can expand into Lebanon as they tried to do in 2006. If you remember back in 2005 the pretext to remove Syrian troops from Lebanon was the assassination of Rafik Hariri. The event was blamed at first on Syria, and because of this their troops were removed from Lebanon but then it turned out they could not have done it. So the fall back position was to blame a Palestinian but again there wasn’t any evidence and shortly afterwards two others (the Majzoub brothers) who were assassinated in the same manner of a car bomb and then the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh also by the same kind of car bomb were discovered to be the work of the Israeli mossad. An entire spy ring was uprooted and their computers confiscated. Two of the spies Ali al-Jarrah and Yusef al-Jarrah (who ran a car export company ~ ideal for car bombings) turned out to be the first cousins of a 911 hijacker Ziad al-Jarrah who was supposed to be on flight 93 and whose passport was allegedly found near the crash site. And whose voice was the only one not recorded on the black box where upon the callers in the plane all mentioned only 3 hijackers not 4. None of it mattered because by the time all the investigating went through Israel had already beta tested PR by invading Gaza under the pretext of ‘kidnapped’ soldiers. And then they used the same strategy to start a war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. They claimed two soldiers were kidnapped. Even after the cease fire these men were never returned by the way it is debatable whether any of the story was even true. Israel assumed with Syrian troops out of the way and with Lebanon’s proper military not lifting a finger as their leadership had already been taken care of with a puppet installed, that Israel would have a one on one fight with Hezbollah and that they could easily mow them over. Well they were wrong. Syria’s military was gone on paper but Hezbollah still enjoyed plenty of support from Syrians. And Israel made a crucial mistake, they bombed Christian areas of Beirut and that caused many in the media to turn against them. They lost support of Christian Zionists leadership and began to lose the PR war. And because they were being embarrassed by Hezbollah and the Israeli paper tiger was being exposed, Israel decided to up the death count by attacking civilians. So they murdered over a thousand innocent people. This had the world community turn on them and they were forced into a cease fire. So plan C is to finish up Syria first and Iran and then they believe they can really go hands untied into Lebanon. These people are absolutely that crazy. This is a Nazi like state philosophically with open ethnic cleansing and mobile borders. And the US will support it because the mass media in the US is completely Zionist occupied from top to bottom. So remember as gas prices rise and the national debt continues to soar, who sent us to war. We went to war for Israel in Iraq and the conflict in Syria as far as the US is concerned in completely for Israeli not American interest and part of a greater plot to topple Iran and Lebanon. We do not benefit from it at all. In fact it flies in the face of our own interest. But you know what? It is gonna happen. While the kooksville charlatans just blame invisible groups or vaguely say CIA’da does everything seemingly with no motive or direction, and the mass media continues to spout Israeli talking points, very few in the alternative media have a grasp of the history and what is going on and what the end goal is and they are not being listened to.

  • I wonder why Netanyahu is not going to wait for his meeting with Obama… Israel was one of the very few countries that were  against Obama being a president simply becasue he did not kiss their ass. 
    that Netanyahu is becoming another Assad, Another Kaddafi, and another Nasrallah… I think it is time for him to be admitted to the Asfourieyeh. No military action of any kind and time has resolved any issues in the Middle East… Mybe it is time for all these crazy self promoting idiots to be dumped in the sea some place… 

    • 5thDrawer

      And they will be waiting another 4 years … considering the stupid crowd who is running against him. Every time they open their mouths it’s a disaster.
      By the way … did you know you shouldn’t skinny-dip in the Sea of Galillee if you’re a Republican? Hahahhaa
      Idiots.

      • dateam

        heres an interesting article i read..what do you think?….In Syria, it’s a straight up mercenary war. Rent-a-terrorists who use terrorist tactics, every one you can name, are enjoying full support of the press and are being armed by the US. Now why? What is in it for the US? Nothing. It is not about the US, it is about Israel. Bibi wrote a book about what his dreams were and that was to destabilize all the adjacent Arab regimes. Throwing Syria into turmoil prevents them from aiding Hezbollah in Lebanon. That is Israel’s real goal. Israel wants to attack Iran for the same reasons. If Hezbollah can be outed, Israel can expand into Lebanon as they tried to do in 2006. If you remember back in 2005 the pretext to remove Syrian troops from Lebanon was the assassination of Rafik Hariri. The event was blamed at first on Syria, and because of this their troops were removed from Lebanon but then it turned out they could not have done it. So the fall back position was to blame a Palestinian but again there wasn’t any evidence and shortly afterwards two others (the Majzoub brothers) who were assassinated in the same manner of a car bomb and then the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh also by the same kind of car bomb were discovered to be the work of the Israeli mossad. An entire spy ring was uprooted and their computers confiscated. Two of the spies Ali al-Jarrah and Yusef al-Jarrah (who ran a car export company ~ ideal for car bombings) turned out to be the first cousins of a 911 hijacker Ziad al-Jarrah who was supposed to be on flight 93 and whose passport was allegedly found near the crash site. And whose voice was the only one not recorded on the black box where upon the callers in the plane all mentioned only 3 hijackers not 4. None of it mattered because by the time all the investigating went through Israel had already beta tested PR by invading Gaza under the pretext of ‘kidnapped’ soldiers. And then they used the same strategy to start a war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. They claimed two soldiers were kidnapped. Even after the cease fire these men were never returned by the way it is debatable whether any of the story was even true. Israel assumed with Syrian troops out of the way and with Lebanon’s proper military not lifting a finger as their leadership had already been taken care of with a puppet installed, that Israel would have a one on one fight with Hezbollah and that they could easily mow them over. Well they were wrong. Syria’s military was gone on paper but Hezbollah still enjoyed plenty of support from Syrians. And Israel made a crucial mistake, they bombed Christian areas of Beirut and that caused many in the media to turn against them. They lost support of Christian Zionists leadership and began to lose the PR war. And because they were being embarrassed by Hezbollah and the Israeli paper tiger was being exposed, Israel decided to up the death count by attacking civilians. So they murdered over a thousand innocent people. This had the world community turn on them and they were forced into a cease fire. So plan C is to finish up Syria first and Iran and then they believe they can really go hands untied into Lebanon. These people are absolutely that crazy. This is a Nazi like state philosophically with open ethnic cleansing and mobile borders. And the US will support it because the mass media in the US is completely Zionist occupied from top to bottom. So remember as gas prices rise and the national debt continues to soar, who sent us to war. We went to war for Israel in Iraq and the conflict in Syria as far as the US is concerned in completely for Israeli not American interest and part of a greater plot to topple Iran and Lebanon. We do not benefit from it at all. In fact it flies in the face of our own interest. But you know what? It is gonna happen. While the kooksville charlatans just blame invisible groups or vaguely say CIA’da does everything seemingly with no motive or direction, and the mass media continues to spout Israeli talking points, very few in the alternative media have a grasp of the history and what is going on and what the end goal is and they are not being listened to.

        • 5thDrawer

          Interesting Dateam. Anything in this world could be possible. There is one line in the article that I like … and perhaps it fits into last lines above in yours.
          “but the issue has so far escaped serious attention by either campaign or the mainstream media in the U.S.”
          I have watched ‘News Shows’ on American TV … yet seen little or nothing of world news in content. Many times, not even news beyond state lines unless the president actually said something. And I seriously doubt that most Americans even watch that. News in other countries may be regarded the same way, possibly … not enough people want to be bored by factual reporting on a TV. Those who wish to keep a public informed unfortunately need to try to make advertising money as well … and the news becomes too often a ‘personality show’ of opinion, with some facts added on occasion. Only the sensational, or bits of radical stupidity, make what you might call a ‘headline piece’.
          The print media – largely failing since the invention of TV – and certainly since the computer – suffers a similar fate. Some people I know have admitted they only read headlines!! Relatively few dig deep enough to find those boring simple facts. Who but a politician might actually read every word said in government debates … at least, in those countries where they are printed for everyone’s inspection??
          So, I think we could say that generally, people are uninformed. And the ones searching for information can be easily misinformed as well. In fact, I would dare to say that any who are searching will gravitate not to the simple boring fact-sites or papers, but to the ‘entertaining ones’ that fit best with their own feelings on any given hypothesis. I dare to say we all do that. It is really difficult to read some of ‘the sites’ one may see as counter to one’s version of sanity.
          Back to your question … In this case I would LIKE to think all the sub-plots could not happen. That sanity reigns somewhere. Yet I know also that the world has had some narrow-agenda minds working in it over all of history. So I need to pick it apart and try to find the back-up with facts – dismiss it altogether – or absolutely believe the writer has his facts right.
          Frankly, in matters of politics, one hopes that majority opinion will always be strongest no matter what little despotic tricks are being played. But I wish people actually searched for truth more often.

        • dateam

          the problem in the states is that its a very insular society…alot of people tell me when they go there that all the news is about america…which to a point you cant blame them for a population of over 350m

        • 5thDrawer

          You might be able to say that of any country, dateam, which has large populations and especially larger areas of land. As Humans We are largely a part of our surroundings, more than anything.
          A person growing up on one side of the USA does not think in quite the same as on the other, or in the middle. Different cultures evolved FROM different cultures depending on where they landed in the ‘New World’. The miracle is that they learned to work together by joining states under one umbrella name – United States – with a central government. Mostly. Eventually. When they finally figured out it was better for them to do that. In some ways they still hope.
          Most European countries did the same … small fiefs joined or took over others, but eventually they created ‘countries’. The average Chinese or Russian I am sure doesn’t consider much about Middle-East problems, except as headlines that might cost them money in taxes.
          And here today the question from YaLibnan comes up … why, in such a small bit of land, have various cultures not learned to live happily together – as Lebanese first? IS it those deep valleys between the villages and fiefs?? Hmmmm …..

  • Yefim_Feldman

    If  you  still  listen  to  channel  10  its  your  own  fault

  • Yefim_Feldman

    If  you  still  listen  to  channel  10  its  your  own  fault