Writing in the New Republic, Yossi Klein HaLevi makes a strong case that Israel’s war is against Iran. Iran is the sponsor of both Hezbollah and Hamas and, according to Israeli intelligence agencies, may be within months of having a usable nuclear weapon. He further asserts the cause of this latest flare up is not Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza – rather, HaLevi argues, it is the tepid reaction of the government to aggression from Gaza after the withdrawal.
HaLevi also notes:
The ultimate threat, though, isn’t Hezbollah or Hamas but Iran. And as Iran draws closer to nuclear capability–which the Israeli intelligence community believes could happen this year–an Israeli-Iranian showdown becomes increasingly likely. According to a very senior military source with whom I’ve spoken, Israel is still hoping that an international effort will stop a nuclear Iran; if that fails, then Israel is hoping for an American attack. But if the Bush administration is too weakened to take on Iran, then, as a last resort, Israel will have to act unilaterally. And, added the source, Israel has the operational capability to do so.
HaLevi’s brief but cogent piece is must reading. Take five minutes and read it now.
[First seen on Hirhurim.]