Monday, April 23, 2012

Ready to Do the Inconceivable

Experts say that Israel cannot possibly strike Iran and knock down Iran's nuclear programs by any significant degree. The Israeli military's chief-of-staff says they are ready to strike Iran if they need to:

"We think that a nuclear Iran is a very bad thing, which the world needs to stop and which Israel needs to stop -- and we are planning accordingly," Gantz said.

"In principle, we are ready to act.

"That does not mean that I will now order (air force chief) Ido (Nehushtan) to strike Iran," he added in the interview which will be published in full on Wednesday, on the eve of Israel's 64th anniversary as a state.

This could all be a bluff to scare America into attacking Iran (if we really believe Israel can't attack but will try and fail) or to scare Iran into making real concessions.

Or it could mean that after nearly a decade of pondering options, the Israelis are thinking of ways to hit Iran that are within Israel's capabilities.

Is it inconceivable that Israel could strike Iran? A lot of experts seem to think so. I'm betting that word doesn't mean what they think it means.