Monday, 15 April 2013

Israel sends the strongest message yet to Iran and the world

The new government of Israel has no illusions about the arab world and its so-called 'spring'. And when it comes to Iran Netanyahu now has the political backing he needs at home for the tough decisions he needs to take.

Gone is that disastrous appeaser Barak, a man who brought down a number of humiliations on Israel, whilst never losing confidence in his ability to gain peace through yet another concession and another withdrawal.

When Barak needed to show force he used it not against arabs waging a low intensity war of attrition against jews, who kill jews whenever the opportunity arises, but rather against the jewish community living in our ancient homelands of Judea and Samaria, jews who literally sit on the outpost of western civilisation and defend it from the barbarous arab islamic hordes.

Be in no doubt, if Israel were ever to give up Judea and Samaria ('West Bank'), this would mean the end of Israel, throttled by an indefensible rump of a country with arabs sitting on the heights with missiles to prevent Israel's air force from taking off. Barak should have learned this lesson of 1973 when israeli pilots were decimated by russian missiles.

And in these days of resurgent islam, Israel is only the 'little satan'. Both europe and the USA are not forgotten but not necessarily to be conquered by violent jihad. Demography, the hollowing out of societies through the muslim birth rate after mass immigration is also a legitimate form of jihad, preferable where possible:
Dawa, the call to Islam that by Islamic law must precede jihad, is all-too-often dismissed, as are its manifestations under the rubric of non-violent jihad, simply because this kind of assault does not kill. Instead, it intends “merely” to subjugate.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told a Toledo, Ohio, Muslim Arab Youth Association convention in 1995, “We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through the sword, but through dawa.”

With the EU finally realising that there is no way that Iran will give up on its nuclear weapons program, peaceful means have all but been exhausted to stop Iran. Had China, Russia and others not worked to break the sanctions against Iran, then the sanctions might have succeeded, but that has not happened. A new and harsh tone is coming out of Israel, but it is improbable that Israel can now deter the mullas through threats alone. The years of Barak, Olmert and also Netanyahu's last government have served to lull our enemies into a belief that as with the USA, Israel will not defend its essential interests, has not the will to take on Iran.

Nevertheless both Israel's defence minister Yaalon and its pm Netanyahu have on Yom Hazikaron both sent a less than veiled warning to Iran, I believe the harshest to date:
(Netanyahu ) "Today, too, there are those who threaten to annihilate us -- they haven't succeeded in the past, they won't ever succeed", he said.

Netanyahu seemed to be alluding to Iran, which Israel believes is working toward achieving military nuclear capabilities and has issued countless threats to annihilate the Jewish state.

"If we have no choice, we will grasp our swords and go to battle," Netanyahu said, in one of the more sternly worded warnings he has issued to date.

(Yaalon) "Terrorist attacks, the firing of rockets at civilian populations and delegitimization campaigns are the challenges which stand before us in the years to come, they will accompany us for the foreseeable future and they will force us to respond with a firm hand."

"The nuclear program of a country which glorifies Jew-hatred and the destruction of the State of Israel is in its end stages, and if it is not dealt with, it will threaten Israel, the Middle East, and the entire world with viable nuclear weapons.It is now recognised that Iran can build nuclear weapons, has the materials and the knowledge to deliver them, possibly using ballistic missiles."
Only the warning from Netanyahu at the UN, after US President Obama refused to set any red lines for Iran, prevented Iran from entering the final stage of building an atomic weapon. But how long can the world live on tenterhooks, depending on fallible intelligence agencies to give warning when Iran will cross the line to assemble its weapons?
With Iran's latest rejection of the world's generous offers in return for giving up weapons, the nettle must be grasped. The US should act, and failing that, Israel should do what it can with its lesser capabilities to destroy the iranian war machine. If that involves Israel destroying the Iranian economy using an EMP weapon for want of any other alternative, Iran has only itself to blame. It is in any case believed that the Iranians are seriously considering such an attack themselves,

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