By Steven Zhou — The Canadian Charger

With the recent formation of The Emergency Committee for Israel, the neoconservative and Likudnik characters on the American right have stepped up their anti-Iranian lobbying efforts. Among other things, they have again brought up how a nuclear Iran would pose an “imminent threat” that would tear the region apart.

This renewed exaggeration of an Iranian threat to Israel comes at a time when Israel is clearly being shown to be a strategic liability to the U.S., a fact the Israel Lobby has so far concealed with great success.

Israel’s obsession with Iran, though, is two-sided. While some perceive a nuclear Iran to be a major existential threat, others on Israel’s far right cite pragmatic, if not cynical, reasons for this rancid rhetoric.

The government of Benjamin Netanyahu is undoubtedly using the threat of Iran to create a climate of fear that will distract world attention from The Gaza Massacre and the Flotilla incident, both of which have seriously undermined Israel’s standing in the world.

This tactic also reinforces the rhetoric about Israel’s “scared bond” with the U.S. in the war against “Islamic Terrorism,” while not having to answer for its own nuclear arsenal

Since Israel’s American-backed arsenal of nuclear weapons does not receive nearly as much attention as does Iran’s attempts to acquire nuclear power, it might be useful to look at things from Iran’s perspective.

For its part, the U.S. has managed to have weak, but still damaging, sanctions imposed on Iran, while Israel, a genuine nuclear power, constantly shouts about bombing it.

Recently, the U.S. navy shipped missiles and more than 300 “bunker busters” to the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, which is within striking distance of Iran. Furthermore, several of the countries that border Iran have U.S. troops.

Considering these factors, along with the fact that Israel is not a signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, even hawkish analysts within the Israeli establishment have noted Iran’s need to have at least the option of a nuclear deterrent.

Israeli strategist Martin Van Creveld, for example, has noted that Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is “not crazy at all,” and that he would essentially do what Ahmadinejad is doing if he were in his position.

Furthermore, Iran can cite UN Security Council Resolution 1887, which states that threats of force are illegal when settling nuclear disputes.

No amount of anti-Iranian hysteria, though, can hide the fact that Israel is at a crossroads.

Its only chance of preserving a Jewish state is through a two-state solution with the Palestinians, but settlement-building throughout the years has pretty much destroyed that option.

Israel’s unpopularity is also costing the U.S. all kinds of strategic leverage in the region and precipitating hatred toward both countries. Given its need for oil, a complete lack of U.S. allies in the Middle East would prove disastrous.

Confronted with an insoluble domestic problem and the possibility of having no friends in the world, we see why Israel is forced to hide behind the “Iranian threat” to prove its “strategic worth” to the U.S.



  1. Cold Wind on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    The malice spewing from Israel through Palestine, thence through the ever obsequious US Congress has brought the entire world to the edge of an abyss. This malignant little, ill defined place in the world, the spawn of Balfour and Satan, laughs at our apparent impotence to stop them.

  2. Willie Davis on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    We need to make support of Israel first an issue in the November elections. Any United States Politician that does not put the interests of the United States first and foremost, must be exposed and defeated!

  3. Debbie on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    “We need to make support of Israel first an issue in the November elections. Any United States Politician that does not put the interests of the United States first and foremost, must be exposed and defeated!”


  4. Gaustauv vonWolffenschnaupper on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Israeli General Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam Denies Iran is Nuclear Threat
    A general who was once in charge of Israel’s nuclear weapons has claimed that Iran is a “very, very, very long way from building a nuclear capability”.

    Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam, 75, a war hero and pillar of the defense establishment, believes it will probably take Iran seven years to make nuclear weapons.

    The views expressed by the former director-general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission contradict the assessment of Israel’s defense establishment and put him at odds with political leaders.

    Major-General Amos Yadlin, head of military intelligence, recently told the defense committee of the Knesset that Iran will probably be able to build a single nuclear device this year.

    Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, has repeatedly said that Israel will not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. Israeli forces have been in training to attack Iranian nuclear installations and some analysts believe airstrikes could be launched this year if international sanctions fail to deter Tehran from pursuing its programme.

    Eilam, who is thought to be updated by former colleagues on developments in Iran, calls his country’s official view hysterical. “The intelligence community is spreading frightening voices about Iran”, he said.

    He suggested that the “defense establishment is sending out false alarms in order to grab a bigger budget” while some politicians have used Iran to divert attention away from problems at home.

    “Those who say that Iran will obtain a bomb within a year’s time, on what basis did they say so?” he asked. “Where is the evidence?”

    He has just published Eilam’s Arc, a memoir in which he reveals that he opposed the Israeli attack on Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1981.

  5. Gaustauv vonWolffenschnaupper on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Israel seeks exemption from atomic rules

    Israeli “inbred pitbulls” on nuclear

  6. Gaustauv vonWolffenschnaupper on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Israel’s Nukes
    There are two terrorist states in the world which have nuclear weapons, the USA and Israel. Both are clear and present dangers to the entire planet. The greater threat is Israel, because Israel can destroy Western civilization and possibly make the entire planet uninhabitable. This is not because Israel can detonate thousands of nukes over the entire planet. Rather it is because Israel can nuke Russia. If that were to happen (perhaps as a result of an Israeli nuclear strike on Iran) then Russia would launch a nuclear attack against the United States (both the US and Russia remain on hair-trigger nuclear alert), and the US would retaliate in the same way. This is perhaps the main reason why the US gives Israel everything it wants and never criticizes it, except in the gentlest way possible. The only way out of this situation is either the destruction of Israel’s nuclear weapons capability or the destruction (or at least dismantling) of Israel itself.

  7. RichardG on the 25. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    We must consider the possibility that Israel’s nuclear weapons were never intended to be used against Israel’s enemies. An Israeli professor, Martin van Creveld, explains: “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force…. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.” This statement was made in 2002. We must consider the possibility that Israel today threatens the US with nuclear devastation if Israel does not receive the help it demands. What can we (the USA) do? Right now the best strategy is to give Israel everything it wants. Ultimately, the so-called “Samson Option” that van Creveld describes will have consequences neither Israel nor anyone else can predict.

  8. aen rabion on the 26. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    israHell can defy UN’s decision at any time at will. doesn’t that tell you enough?

  9. Egoigwe on the 26. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Iran is a mere distraction, the nightmare is Israel. It does not help matters one jot that the world should keep at pampering Israel, it’s about time we called her bluff. When you cave in to a global bully and international extortionist, the demand never ends.

    It is an Oliver Twist situation that America finds itself saddled with Israel and it is directly responsible for America’s degradation today. That tiny country has purchased its political franchise and cornered its wealth-it’s all so ridiculous!

    The way we are going on with Israel, the world is definitely going to get blown up, one way or the other. What’s the difference, Israel through its Mossad terrorism and mad dog policy is already blowing our world up in bits. I’d rather die fighting on my feet than sit home and sizzle in a nuclear pot. It’s about time we took this war to Israel-enough already!

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