Does not make much sense - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tony
    • 12.06.10 | 11:23 (IDT)

    Israeli intelligence and execution has been weak in a number of cases. The recent flotilla The Gulf assasination Cast lead The Lebanese was Gilad Shilat The intifadas The attempted assasination in Jordan in about 1996 The first Lebanese was Sabra and Chatilla There really hasnt been that much in the way of shining successes sine Entebbe. If israel is unable to find Gilad Shalit - who is no more than 5 miles from some Israeli military post, then how can we reasonable expect it to know where all of these nuclear sites are in Iran? It would be very easy to imagine Iran doing a lot of construction work to simply deceive Israel and the United States (how good was the intelligence regarding WMDs in Iraq?) Alternatively, Israel has no interest whatsoever in Gilad Shalit, being happy to cynically use his captivity as an excuse to maintain pressure on Hamas in Gaza. One hopes not, but the alternative to the belief that the current government does not care about Gilad Shalit is to believe that the government in less than stunningle competent. Israel has repeatedly passed up chances for peace, which makes sense when one considers that the greatest existential threat to Israel is the absence of an existential threat. If Israel was actually at peace, it seems likely that the government would splinter as Israeli citiizens demanded accountability of their administrations. Most of the top leaders of Israel for the last 15 years have been investigated, indicted or convicted of a crime, including rape, beating a 12 year old neighbour child, and countless corruption charges. Imagine what would happen if there was no existential crisis with which to distract the people of Israel, and they took a good look at their government. I have little doubt that the leaders of Iran would love nothing better than to be attacked by Israel as they have the same problem. The greatest existential threat to their enormously corrupt regime is the lack of an existential threat. Typically, when a nation is attacked, everyone rallies around the flag, and dissenters are silenced. Think September 11th (George Bush' popularity went from soggy to super in a day), and countless other times. An attack would simply solidify the regime's hold on power. However, this may well be what the US and Israel actually want, as it creates a "them", and Iran's help with the situation in Afghanistan, with cutting back on heroin smuggling to the West, and the previous Iranian regimes several attempts to reach out the the US have all been ignored. All of the governments need a distraction. Imagine what would happen if Bibi actually had to govern Israel instead of making constant threats against everyone in the world.

    from the article: Saudi Arabia: We will not give Israel air corridor for Iran strike
    First published 06:24 12.06.10 | Last updated 06:24 12.06.10
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