Barak to US: Be afraid, be very afraid of “the sword at our throat”

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The Israeli press went on steroids over the weekend pushing an attack on Iran, and it’s getting mass coverage.

The push began with Ynet’s report that Israeli P.M. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak advocate an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities this fall, before the U.S. elections in November.

And what about the fact that “not the [Israeli] army command, not the security forces, not even the president – supports an Israeli strike now” (Hebrew edition)? Defense Minister Barak was unmoved. According to Ynet “Barak therefore made it clear that everyone against an attack is free to resign.”

Speaking anonymously, a “senior Israeli official… known for his sharp analytical skills” warns of impending doom.

Ari Shavit writes in Haaretz:

“The sword at our throat is a lot sharper than the sword at our throat before the Six-Day War,” the official said.


According to the official, if Iran obtains nuclear arms, it will goad its neighbors and adversaries and will be unstoppable. “What happened in the Rhine in 1936 will be child’s play compared to what will happen with Iran,” he said, referring to the entry of German forces into the Rhineland in 1936 in violation of the Treaty of Versailles…
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