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15 July 2007

Israel's Plan To Attack Iran Is Cleared (in your name and ours), By US And Europe


We're late again.

It took us four full days to find the following frightening press release/report in 'Israel Today'.

Headline News

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 by Staff Writer

Lieberman: US will back Israeli strike on Iran

Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that he received the tacit blessing of Europe and the United States for an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

“If we start military operations against Iran alone, then Europe and the US will support us,” Lieberman told Army Radio following a meeting earlier in the week with NATO and European Union officials.

Seeing is believing so they say -- so see it for yourself. (1)

Then ensure you also see this, from the same Israeli source. (2)

Make no mistake, it's coming. Israel WILL launch a preemptive attack against Iran. And almost certainly, sooner rather than later.

And by the way, before anyone bothers (again) to begin emailing us (again) to attempt to intimidate us (again), we want to tell them right here & now - save you sodding time and energy you stupid schmucks, since such semi-scare-tactic-shite cuts no ice at all; leastwise, it definitely doesn't with us.

Nor do any corny old accusations that we're anti-Semitic -- simply because we (and many, many others), know for certain that we're not.

One more thing -- derision is no stranger to us -- so those choosing to laugh can laugh as loud as they like. But believe us ... we'll have the last one.

Which leads us nicely into ...

... talking of 'last' -- for information on further Israeli 'incentives' -- such as a 'buy-out plan' for Iranian Jews - get right on over to Gert's Blog.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, f*ck!

2:07 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

A. Lieberman is definitely in the neocon column in Israeli politics, and so is perfectly capable of bruiting about this kind of alarmism.

There's probably more than a few grains of truth in what you linked, OB ... but it's just as possible that it's for "domestic consumption" I.e. for supporters and 'true believers'). The rag it appears in, Israel Today, says at its "About Us" section: "Israel Today is a Jerusalem-based news agency providing a biblical and objective perspective on local news."

Now, it's been many years since I was at all familiar with the Israeli press, but this outlet strikes me as a decidedly fringe operation, and possibly only an online one. Still, it's alarming to have even a fringe publication beating the war drums so vituperatively, which may well betoken some of the Israeli government inner circle's thinking.

BTW, here's the complete permalink for the Lieberman article.

4:29 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

I should hasten to add, lest it seem as though I'm criticizing our estimable host's discernment, the Israeli press in general plays a lot faster and looser with the hard facts than most other nations' journalists.

A couple of the big daily newspapers (HaAretz and Ma'ariv) are fairly reliable reporters of reality, with an Israeli point of view of course ... but the rest are much more like the UK's Sun and the USA's Natl. Enquirer -- i.e. sensationalist tabloids. (The Jerusalem Post used to be pretty solid in its reporting, but in the past 20 years it's become a megaphone for hard-right politics.)

5:57 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

For what it's worth, I see that Newsmax, the online right-wing news service in the U.S. (and sensationalist to its core) has picked up the Israel Today item on Avraham Lieberman's remarks and is republishing it with nary a word changed. (As well as no attribution or credit to Isr. Today, of course, though Newsmax was careful to completely copyright its version of this story.)

Make of it what you will ... it sounds like disinformation to me.

7:16 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Mark Abbott, to a certain extent you may be right. Lierberman is definitely one the Israeli cabinet's extremists - yet look at the position they gave him. There's alo been no denial from that government nor from Lieberman himself.

Holy Joe Lieberman is puching (in the US) for an Iran attack - and so is Guli. There are others of course but theose two are pretty high profile, and Guli's even a serious contender for the Presidency.

Then add into the equation the fact that the same old, same old has started re: all manner of unverified accusations appearing in the West's MSM. Latest is that al Quaeda are threatening to hit Iran with their style of attacks, which aren't full blown military types. Rather they are like the covert operations used by US and UK special forces.

Then, there's the latest -- suddenly Israel wants as many Jews as possible out of Iran and are touting cash incentives. Why now?

Conscience? Over what they have in mind to inflict on their 'chosen' country?

In summary, for Israel to first strike Iran would be much better (for America and Europe's image) than a direct one would be. Especially with increasingly 'war weary' regular people.

Having said that, I hope against hope that you're not right, Richard.

10:36 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Well, I hope this does not come to pass...and I do think and know that Lieberman is an idiot and viewed by most as such, both repugs and democrats here...but I also don't trust the Bushco Regime at all, and now that Korea is off the table I worry where feeble bush will throw his neocon attentions....

and about Isreal- well, that is another whole problem...

3:53 pm  
Anonymous mark abbott said...


The thing that didn't ring right in the A. Lieberman piece was EUROPE giving a green light for Israel to attack Iran. I just can't imagine the NATO commanders, who have their hands full in Afghanistan, doing such a thing. (On the other hand, perhaps the naval and air force leaders in NATO are as eager for action as their U.S. counterparts are said to be.)

Let's hope (against hope!) that good sense prevails and the dogs of war are leashed firmly to their kennels.

5:16 pm  
Anonymous mark abbott said...

Apologies -- I should have directed that last comment to kiwi, not Richard.

5:17 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

If Israel does it, it lets the US and Europe off the hook. Didn't the nut say they've been told it's best for them to sort things out themaselves?

I bet Nato would leave things alone long enough for Israel to do the job (preselected targets) and then (as prevously and secretly agreed in advance) step in and diplomaticaly get Israel to call off the dogs.

5:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Brit, you recently wrote about Realpolitik ~~ this is what we're seeing here. This is a perfect example. There's obviously more parties involved here than meets the eye and I'll bet none of them really trust each other ~~ but play along because they each see 'advantages'.

6:28 pm  
Anonymous bootlian said...

Remember Suez anyone. I do (I'm another oldie). I don't think all this is so very different as far as double dealing, back stabbing and betrayal goes.

Anyone believing any politician must be mad. They don't even trust each other, so why should we?

7:26 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

Thanks for the link.

Personally I don't believe Israel will attack Iran any time soon, possibly never at all. There are Israeli voices on the fringes that call precisely for that but I don't see them getting enough traction.

More likely this is the usual grandstanding and sabre-rattling designed for domestic consumption, as well as for deterrence.

8:39 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

Seen the latest?

Cheney pushes Bush to act on Iran

· Military solution back in favour as Rice loses out
· President 'not prepared to leave conflict unresolved'

1:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

News reports indicate that the latest Russian air defence systems are being delivered and installed even as we speak. Olmert has given no indication that he would rise from bed if his family were being dragged screaming out the back door of his home. Perhaos, to his credit, he would shout an offer of negotiation from his upstairs bedroom window. I'm glad to live far from Israel.

4:56 am  

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