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Top IDF Gen: Obama Vetoed Israeli Attack On Iran

From the new Israeli ‘web magazine,’ Mida:

Eiland: Netanyahu Was Prepared to Attack Iran, Obama Vetoed

Exclusive: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu was about to give a go-ahead to a strike in Iran, but was pressured to call it off by the US – says IDF Major General (ret.) Giora Eiland, a former Israel National Security Advisor. Eiland was speaking in a closed meeting about two weeks ago, adding that “Israel has the capability to destroy the Iranian nuclear program,” and that the US veto may have been connected to the presidential elections, which at the time were in full swing.

By Rotem Sella | September 4, 2013

“At that time the Prime Minister thought that we were at the crossroads with regard to the Iranian nuclear program”, said Eiland in a meeting on August 19th, adding: “Israel does not require US approval for its military actions – unless the US unequivocally demands that we refrain from a particular action”.  Eiland further said that such a demand was in fact raised in a meeting between Netanyahu and US officials, who made it clear that the planned strike was out of the question – and the strike was aborted as a result.

Meanwhile, the Iranian nuclear program proceeded apace. Eiland says that now Israel is yet again facing the same difficult dilemma. “As time passed, we are again finding ourselves at the same crossroads – only with less time, and between a rock and a hard place”, said Eiland. “A lack of decision is a dramatic decision in and of itself”.

Speaking to us, Eiland confirmed the points he made earlier: “There are many areas where Israel is free to act independently: building in Jerusalem, striking in Gaza and other areas in our region, where we do not need an approval from the US – even when they do not like it. But when it comes to issues that affect the broader American interests, we cannot act contrary to their considerations”. Eiland confirmed that at the time Netanyahu had his mind set on an early strike in Iran.

According to Eiland, the best scenario for Israel would be for the US to take action instead. “The lack of enthusiasm in the US regarding the strike in Syria signals that this is not a realistic expectation”. 

On the possibility of a US approval for a strike by Israel, the question remains open. “Some variables have changed since last year – specifically in the US internally, compared to presidential-election time”. At the time, Obama was under stress following his TV debate with Romney, and so he may have chosen to avoid a war which could have damaged his chances at reelection…

This report is now five days old, and it has been picked up by Fox and some others. As far as we know, the General quoted has not yet come forward to knock it down.

So if this is true, would it be too cynical to wonder if there was a Presidential campaign going on, would Obama want to attack Syria? In fact, would we have even heard about the use of chemical weapons in Syria?

Come to think of it, we’re being told that there have been anywhere from 12 to 14 chemical attacks. Some of those must have occurred during the 2012 campaign. So why we didn’t we hear anything about any chemical attacks until March of this year?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Top IDF Gen: Obama Vetoed Israeli Attack On Iran”

  1. Petronius says:

    “when it comes to issues that affect the broader American interests, we cannot act contrary to their considerations.”

    Why not? Everybody else does.

  2. Astravogel says:

    As the mushroom clouds over Tel Aviv and Haifa dissipate to the winds,
    Bibi mourns ever listning to the United States in this matter. Shortly thereafter,
    he and his family are executed by the victorious Arab League at the Wailing Wall.

  3. Right of the People says:

    If I were Netanyahu I’d tell Barry the Bungler to go screw and bomb them back into the Stone Age.

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