Israel Prepares to Strike Iran

American and European leftists can stop wasting their time trying to pin down the Bush administration on its alleged plans to go to war with Iran. As I have thought for years, the pacifists don’t really have much of a say in this matter since Israel will never allow Iran to possess a nuclear weapon.

The Telegraph of London reports on Israel’s preparations to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities.

An excerpt:

Having already suffered a near-apocalypse in the form of the Holocaust, the Jewish people have no intention of being the hapless victims of Ahmadinejad’s genocidal designs. Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, last month gave his most explicit warning to date that Israel was prepared to use military force to prevent Teheran from obtaining a nuclear weapon: “The Jewish people, with the scars of the Holocaust fresh on its body, cannot afford to allow itself to face threats of annihilation once again.”

That single sentence sums up the consensus among most of the Israeli people. If the wider world is not prepared to take pre-emptive action to stop Iran from fulfilling its nuclear ambitions, then Israel is ready to act alone.

Normally, in times of national emergency, such as the build-up to the 2003 Iraq War, Israel is bustling with precautionary activity – civil defence organisers handing out gas masks and ensuring the bomb shelters are ready.

But today there is scant evidence of anyone preparing for a potential war. The only gas masks on display are those used by children for fancy dress, while recent press reports that the super-rich residents of Herzliya were building their own state-of-the-art nuclear bunkers were greeted with derision by less well-off citizens.

In contrast, the country’s political, military and intelligence-gathering infrastructure has thrown all the resources it can muster at the challenge of neutralising Iran’s nuclear capability.

“The amount of effort we are putting into this single issue is unprecedented in the history of the State of Israel,” said a senior Israeli security official who works on the strategic committee that has been set up to deal with the Iran threat, which is personally chaired by Olmert.

The committee’s main function is to ensure the closest possible liaison on the latest intelligence and military developments. It is also responsible for maintaining a close dialogue with countries supportive of Israel’s concerns, particularly the United States, which has seconded officials to work alongside the Israelis.

The committee has yet to have any contact with Britain, although it is hoped that a dialogue will begin “in the not-too-distant future”.

Nor should anyone be in any doubt as to the extreme sense of urgency that is driving the Israeli government’s activity. To ensure that the country has the best available resources at its disposal, Olmert announced last week that Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, had been asked to postpone his retirement until at least the end of 2008.

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