Iran: A Nuclear threat to Israel?

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's  'RED LINE' speech to the Nations General Assembly

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘RED LINE’ speech to the UN  General Assembly in Sept 2012

I’m sure you can recall a time when a politician had been asked a very simple, straight forward question that demanded a very simple, straight forward answer.  The reply from the politician would usually be, ‘It’s not as simple as a yes or no answer’.  In the case of questioning whether Iran is a possible nuclear threat to Israel, it is a very simple straight forward answer, NO!  No for so many different reasons.

Iran doesn’t possess a nuclear weapon unlike Israel which is reported to have somewhere in the region of between 200-400 at its disposal. According to General Uzi Eilam, former general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, ‘It will probably take Iran another seven years to create a nuclear weapon'(The Sunday Times Jan 10th 2010). Even if Iran did manage to test a nuclear weapon and arm itself with one, they would be going up against Israel’s vast nuclear weaponry, backed by the US, estimated to have 5000 nuclear weapons at its disposal. It would be the signing of Iran’s own death warrant.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has never stated that he was intending on attacking Israel, or as many Israeli’s believe, ‘wiping them of the map’. At his 2006 conference Ahmadinejad declared in Farsi, ‘The Zionist Regime will be wiped out soon, the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom’. According to Juan Cole, an American Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asia history, if his words are interpreted accurately, Ahmadinejad had said that, ‘the regime that occupied Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time’. His remark according to Professor Cole, didn’t imply any military action or killing anyone at all, which presumably would have made the mark threatening. Governments can no longer assume a threat and act on it pre-emptively, as in the case of WMD in Iraq.

Martin Van Creveld one of Israel’s leading historians in an Interview with Playboy in June 2007:

Playboy: Can the World live with a Nuclear Iran?

Van Creveld: The US has lived with a nuclear soviet union and a nuclear china, so why not a nuclear Iran? I’ve researched how the US opposed nuclear proliferation in the past, and each time a country was about to proliferate, the US expressed its opposition in terms of why this country was very dangerous and didn’t deserve nuclear weapons, because they are good and democratic. Americans believe that they are the only people who deserve nuclear weapons, because they are good and democratic and they like mother and apple pie and the flag. But Americans are the only ones that have used them… We are in no danger at all of having an Iranian nuclear weapon dropped on us. We cannot say so too openly, however, because we have a history of using any threat we can in order to get weapons. .. thanks to the Iranian threat we are able to get weapons from the U.S. and Germany.

According to three of Israel’s most important son’s, Tamor Pardo the Mossad chief, Efraim Halevy the former Mossad Chief and Dan Halutz former military chief of staff, Iran holds no threat to Israeli security as a whole.
The biggest threat however to the United States and Israel is not Iran getting a nuclear weapon and testing it, its Iran getting a nuclear weapon and not using it. This action will give supporters of an Iranian Government the legitimacy to state Iran as a responsible nuclear power.

The Annual Arab Opinion Poll conducted in 2010 by Zogby International and the University of Maryland, brought up some unsurprising results from Egypt/Jordon/Lebanon/Morocco/Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Participants were asked,
If Iranians get nuclear weapons which of the following is the most likely for the middle east region?

More Positive:                                             57%
Would not matter:                                     20%
More Negative:                                           21%

Among those who believe that Iran has the right to its nuclear program 70% was the total figure.

In a world where there is only one superpower which of the following countries would you prefer to be a superpower:
France:                                                          35%
China:                                                            16%
Germany:                                                      13%
Britain:                                                           9%
Russia:                                                            8%
USA:                                                                7%
Pakistan:                                                        6%

Which world leader do you admire the most:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: received 12% of the vote, while Barack Obama was not mentioned

America cherishes enemies, without enemies the United States appears to be a nation without a moral purpose and direction. The various managers of national security need enemies to keep their jobs, to justify their swollen budgets, to aggrandize their work and to give themselves a mission, to send truckloads of taxpayer money to the corporations for whom the managers will go to work after leaving government service. Worryingly there has been a build-up of US and EU naval presence near the Persian Gulf in what looks like an attempt to block oil exportation, in order to goad Iran into firing the first shot. Can we really afford another war Mr President, I mean really, what has Israel ever done for the US?

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