Public opinion polls contribute to building the consensus. Take, for example, the one that assumes nearly all Israelis support an attack on Iran, with most favoring a joint attack by Israel and the United States and a smaller percentage favoring a solo attack. But the surveys never ask questions that actually clarify the respondents' views, because they omit certain questions for further thought. Here are some of the questions that don't get asked:
Is there a connection between the nature of Iran's nuclear project - i.e. the widely scattered facilities and the construction deep underground - and the bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981? Do you know which top people in the Israeli establishment opposed the attack on the reactor in 1981? Do you know that at least a few of their objections stemmed from an assessment that the next nuclear project in an enemy country would be built so that an aerial attack would not suffice, meaning the attack on Iraq would engender the next, much more difficult attack? Incidentally, do you know for certain that the Iraqi reactor was built for military purposes?
These questions are not being asked today even though people continually cite the attack in Iraq as a model, because it is perceived as a success. Those who opposed it then are keeping mum today, just like the late Abba Eban, who was opposed to the 1967 war before it broke out but never dare to say so, even when it became clear that the results of that war constituted an ongoing tragedy (more wars, an insane defense budget, military reserve duty, poor public security, the transformation of our children into storm troopers ). Instead, Eban called the 1967 borders "Auschwitz borders."
Politicians are doomed to march in lockstep with the "victorious military history," or else to sink into oblivion. Who remembers today that Ezer Weizman vehemently opposed the attack on Iraq?
There are also other questions that haven't been asked, having to do with the nuclear arms race in the region:
Do you know how long the nuclear reactor in Dimona has been in operation? Is our shaky security situation connected to that facility? How many wars have broken out since construction of the facility was completed? Did Egypt exit the ranks of our enemies thanks to this facility? Did this facility prevent the 1973 Yom Kippur War? Will it prevent the wars to come?
In short, the Dimona reactor is missing from discussion of the Iranian nuclear program, just as the back of your neck is missing when you look in the mirror. Or maybe it's because for years, it has been taken for granted, viewed as something there is no possibility of questioning. Even those now offering the Iranians love via Facebook don't remember it.
Is there a connection between Iran's nuclear project (Auschwitz, say those who set the national tone ) and the facility in Dimona? If that is the case, wasn't it total insanity to have built that facility, the pride and joy of Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Shimon Peres?
And let us suppose we are spared war, and instead of the disaster that (according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ) will occur - despite the Dimona reactor - if Israel doesn't attack, and instead of the disaster that will occur if Israel does attack, i.e. the Apocalypse, the Middle East embarks on a regimen of total nuclear disarmament. In that case, would Israelis give up the facility in Dimona? All of the above, of course, is based on those well-known reports dubbed "according to foreign sources."
All of these questions have been eliminated from the narrowing discussion. The press, contrary to its self-image, is also participating in creating an agenda of "the run-up to war on Iran."
A public opinion poll, of course, is not a matriculation exam. It's clear that many people oppose war against Iran. Thus what the survey really reflects is their total impotence. No one even knows about their existence, or what they have to say.
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