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Former Mossad Head Yatom: Israel Can't Afford Not to Strike Iran
Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/11 | BESA staff

Posted on 11/26/2011 3:53:54 PM PST by Eleutheria5

The Begin Sadat Center, a respected think tank based at Bar Ilan University, held a conference on November 23, 2011 on the subject of "Israeli Security in a New Regional Envornment", which focused on the so-called "Arab Spring" and its implicatons. Its experts concluded that the Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy, despite original hopes in the West, and may make things even worse for Israel. "As steep as the price for hitting Iran may be, a military strike on Iran will be less painful than the cost of living with an Iranian nuclear weapons threat," argues former Mossad head Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom. "The backlash from a strike on Iran's nuclear sites will not be as bad for Israel as will an Iran armed with nuclear weapons," he says. "I don't think that those predicting apocalyptic repercussions of a strike on Tehran are correct, and even if they are, Israel can't afford to wonder if Tehran will go crazy and bomb us."

Yatom's position is diametrically opposed to that of former Mossad head Meir Dagan, who sparked significant controversy earlier this year by stating that an attack on Iran would be a foolish move that would lead to a war with an unknown outcome.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: diplomacy; economy; facilities; gogetem; iran; israel; mossad; oil; strike
I'd say that both Yatom and Dagan are right. 1. We must strike Iran. 2. There is no doable plan for striking Iran. Therefore, to strike Iran would be foolish, and to not strike Iran would be foolish. Solution? Find a pardner with a carrier and navy pilots. The US is out for the foreseeable future. England? What would Churchill do?
1 posted on 11/26/2011 3:53:59 PM PST by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5
as long as Obama is pres, forget no.1.
2 posted on 11/26/2011 3:57:47 PM PST by brivette
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To: Eleutheria5

Obama is golfing.


3 posted on 11/26/2011 3:59:14 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (For years the Left protested "the occupation of Iraq"- now they want to "Occupy" all across the US)
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To: Eleutheria5

AKA...”MY former Mossad guy is smarter than YOUR former Mossad guy..”


4 posted on 11/26/2011 3:59:16 PM PST by ken5050 (Support Admin Mods: Doing the tough, hard, dirty jobs that Americans won't do...)
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To: brivette

We need to make a parking lot out of mecca.


5 posted on 11/26/2011 4:00:00 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Eleutheria5

attack on Iran would be a foolish move that would lead to a war with an unknown outcome.

All wars have an unknown outcome.

The question is do you want to go into it prepared
or let it be a surprise?

I hate surprises.


6 posted on 11/26/2011 4:00:37 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Obama is golfing.

That means for now Iran can't depend upon him.

7 posted on 11/26/2011 4:01:34 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Eleutheria5

“Its experts concluded that the Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy, despite original hopes in the West...”

A reasonably intelligent fifteen-year-old would know this right off the bat.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any fifteen-year-olds in the White House; the resident-in-chief is far more stupid than that..


8 posted on 11/26/2011 4:03:12 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Eleutheria5

What if - after Israel attacks Iran, Pakistan gives Iran several nukes?

Step one for the US should be to secure the 100+ Pakistan nukes...


9 posted on 11/26/2011 4:08:39 PM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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To: tet68

Not attacking Iran will probably result in a war.


10 posted on 11/26/2011 4:18:24 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: tet68

Of course Israel’s position regarding hitting Iran would change completely if Iran or their proxy army struck first. It’s certain both sides know this, so Israel making strong moves now is only to their advantage (as Nasrallah will show restraint (to the extent these barbarians can)) and Iran will play for time and continue fortifying and assembling. IMO time is not on Israel’s side.. so assuming this, they should push security positions with Hezbollah as hard as they can.. and maybe a little drilling in the Dome of The Rock basement wouldn’t hurt either. They need to turn it up but in a way they can claim impunity. Then crush them into dust. Of course this tactic would not be a surprise to either side but barbarians are not always rational and Israel should use this.


11 posted on 11/26/2011 4:31:48 PM PST by Track9
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To: driftdiver

Agreed.. and the longer the wait, the worse for Israel.


12 posted on 11/26/2011 4:33:22 PM PST by Track9
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To: Eleutheria5

Give ‘em the atom, Yatom!;)


13 posted on 11/26/2011 4:36:05 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Eleutheria5

Strike Iran’s oil facilities. That’ll take care of the problem of international cowardice. Iran threatens the nations as much as Israel.


14 posted on 11/26/2011 4:38:15 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the world.)
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To: Eleutheria5

To fight WWII the UK borrowed 5+ billion US$ (circa 1945-46 US $) from US and Canada.

That plus the social upheaval of all the young men gone and
being besieged on that little island, and the Fabian socialist experiment pretty well ended the UK as a global power.


15 posted on 11/26/2011 4:41:36 PM PST by RitchieAprile (Precious little in your life is yours by right and won without a fight..)
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To: Eleutheria5

The confusing cacophony of opinion, spin, counter-spin, reverse-counter spin, denial of counter spin, of one branch of the Israeli military saying it is inevitable, another saying it is not inevitable that is inevitable, denial of blah, blah , blah is in IMHO a deliberate effort by the Israelis to drive the Mullahs so batty as to have them abandon nuclear weapons if only Israel would stop driving them crazy the way they have.


16 posted on 11/26/2011 4:45:19 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:The bastard offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Let Iran fear the word Jericho!


17 posted on 11/26/2011 4:47:11 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ronnie raygun

We’ve been in Afghanistan for what, ten or eleven years hunting down a bunch of cave dwellers, but scoff at the notion of stopping Iran’s nuke capabilities.

Priorities priorities.


18 posted on 11/26/2011 4:54:32 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: Eleutheria5; SJackson

Ping.


19 posted on 11/26/2011 5:05:31 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: servantboy777

Yep. Iran will redefine 9-11 single handedly in 2012. In the meanwhile we will have wasted billions in Iraq, Afghanistan , Pakistan in cash let alone other resources. We need to deal with the kernel.


20 posted on 11/26/2011 5:23:54 PM PST by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: Eleutheria5
Meir Dagan, who sparked significant controversy earlier this year by stating that an attack on Iran would be a foolish move that would lead to a war with an unknown outcome.

Dagan is right: an attack on Iran would lead to an immediate conventional war with an unknown outcome. Yatom is also right: failure to attack Iran successfully and decisively in the near future will lead to an Iranian-initiated nuclear war that probably achieves some significant level of surprise. Given a choice between those two unpleasant outcomes, I'm surprised there is any debate. The decision is clear. The only question is how to accomplish that goal. Israel and the free world should have no higher priority. It's a shame we're stuck with Obama at this critical time (and a shame Bush didn't take care of Iran's nuclear program before leaving office).

21 posted on 11/26/2011 5:46:03 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Eleutheria5

Israel should just do it and finish it off with
the proxy Hezbollah as well.


22 posted on 11/26/2011 5:49:38 PM PST by indpndtguy
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To: Eleutheria5
many times during the day, as I deal with one problem after another, I look up to heaven and say "Lord, this would be a good time to rapture us."

Starting to look like He may be getting ready to say, "OK, enough is enough, come on up here."

23 posted on 11/26/2011 5:56:50 PM PST by JakeS (This would be a good time to read John chapter three 1-21)
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To: driftdiver

The way I sees it-—We are really at war with Iran now—we just don’t know it. Its like a cold war. Iran and North Korea and Syria are the new Axis if Evil. We may well have no choice but to go to war. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States may want to OFF Iran and give us bases to launch the attacks from. BUT there are lots of ways to do the deed.
1. Atomic Bomb the joint with Cruise Missiles sub launched.
2. Blow up the single Reactor with one well placed attack—maybe a suicide mission—Take one F-14, paint it up to resemble an Iranian ship—sneak it in—crash it into the reactor and say it was an Iranian who did it who hated the mullahs.
3. Land a commando Team at the reactor—seize it and have it grow critical and explode. Blame on Iranian rebels.
4. Lots of little bombs planted by spys to wreck the power grid and disrupted some of the factories. Blow up the single Refinery as well.
5. Have a medium nation—France, England or Germany or Spain blockade Iran—All they need is a couple of subs to torpedo ships coming in and out—insurance companies would close down the shipping—No oil money—no Iran.
6. Start with just a few assassinations of high Iranian leaders. With the goal of putting the Shaw’s son on the throne as a constitutional Monarch.
7. Fake the return of the 12th Iman and have him order the people to take down the corrupt Mullahs and replace the Government with a new—Pro-western-— Caliph.
8. If you start a war—set it up to be a large scale event—like Gulf War I -—get lots of allies to make it an easy fight.


24 posted on 11/26/2011 6:00:29 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: tet68; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Well put.


25 posted on 11/26/2011 6:12:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Eleutheria5
"I don't think that those predicting apocalyptic repercussions of a strike on Tehran are correct, and even if they are, Israel can't afford to wonder if Tehran will go crazy and bomb us."

As Muslims, they would be crazy not to atomic bomb Israel if they had the opportunity.
The wrath of Allah would be on them if they had an opportunity and didn't bomb Israel because they were more worried about loosing their worldly lives in a retaliatory attack.

Supernatural beings don't seem to have much of a sense of humor if you cross them,and don't do what they want done.

In the Koran, and the examples set by his prophet Muhammed , I don't think Allah can make it more plain what he wants done.. - tom

(note; It is not what you or I believe , it is about what the Muslims believe. Given the chance I don't expect them to get "buck fever."

I believe they will pull the trigger just like we did in Hiroshima and Nagasaki)-Tom

26 posted on 11/26/2011 6:30:59 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Obama is golfing.

King Putt :-(

27 posted on 11/26/2011 7:01:57 PM PST by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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To: Jack Hammer

“Its experts concluded that the Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy...”

I disagree. There is an huge and fundamental misunderstanding of what constitutes a “Democracy”. Democracy is “majority rule”. When a majority of the electorate in any nation are muzzie fundamentalists, you get a democracy of muzzie fundamentalists.

The USA is NOT a “democracy”. The USA is a “constitutional republic”. Huge friggin’ difference, which is why the DNC, Unions, government schools and liberal special interests are so keen to promote “democracy”, and dissolve the “electoral college”. We do not elect a president based upon the “popular” vote. We elect our president based upon equal representation via a “Constitutional Republican” form of government.

The term “Democracy” is just a polite way of saying “Mob Rule”. Which is exactly what is happening in the Arab World. Words have meaning. Actions have consequences. The problem is that there are just too damn many people that don’t realize this.

Now, for all of those people that find this train of thought to be too confusing or difficult to follow, please go back to reading about Kim Kardasian, watching American Idol, or fighting for a place in line at Wal-Mart in an attempt to save $10 on an XBox (but watch out for guns and pepper spray).

Ernie


28 posted on 11/26/2011 7:06:44 PM PST by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: himno hero
We need to deal with the kernel.

But Qaddafi is already dead. Oh, sorry, wrong Colonel. It's hard to keep up with all the events over there.

29 posted on 11/26/2011 7:20:09 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Bobalu

King PuttZ


30 posted on 11/27/2011 9:41:22 AM PST by dervish (female candidates: the last frontier)
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31 posted on 11/27/2011 4:21:32 PM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: SJackson

Israel can’t wait for the Failure-in-Chief to act.


32 posted on 11/27/2011 5:00:24 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: SandRat
Let Iran fear the word Jericho Mordecai and Esther, and suxtant and BIG bombs! Fixed

But I understand what you're writing!

33 posted on 11/27/2011 7:44:09 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, "...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: rdl6989

“”As steep as the price for hitting Iran may be, a military strike on Iran will be less painful than the cost of living with an Iranian nuclear weapons threat,” argues former Mossad head Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom.”

A Jewish Captain Obvious.


34 posted on 11/28/2011 12:14:35 AM PST by Yehuda (quote and)
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To: Colorado Doug

Especially with the muslim coordinator, the Ghazi in OUR White House!


35 posted on 11/28/2011 8:17:01 AM PST by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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