Trust but verify. To verify your “friends,” listen to them. You may be surprised.
We Americans like to put countries in neat categories, simplify issues, take a stand, and get on with life. Those are very dangerous habits in our messy little world. A perfect example of the American tendency to oversimplify is “Israel.” Almost all Americans seem to assume that the term “Israel” means something. Do all Israelis have identical opinions, attitudes, and intentions? OK, obviously not. So…do all socially conscious Israelis? Again, five minutes’ reading of any Israeli newspaper makes it clear they do not. So…how about all national security officers in the current Israeli administration?
Pick the most critical national security issue of the day and listen to the public remarks in the last week about Iran of key members of the regime in Tel Aviv:
Prime Minister Netanyahu: To fear telling the truth, which is that there are those today who also seek to destroy millions of Jews, is to disrespect the Holocaust and insult its victims. The Prime Minister of Israel is not only allowed to conjure the memory of a third of our people when speaking of existential threats, it is his duty. [Haaretz 4/25/12.]
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gantz:We are a temperate state. The State of Israel is the strongest in the region and will remain so. Decisions can and must be made carefully, out of historic responsibility but without hysteria….Clearly, the more the Iranians progress the worse the situation is. This is a critical year, but not necessarily ‘go, no-go.’ The problem doesn’t necessarily stop on December 31, 2012. We’re in a period when something must happen: Either Iran takes its nuclear program to a civilian footing only or the world, perhaps we too, will have to do something. We’re closer to the end of the discussions than the middle….[WM: Iran] is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn’t yet decided whether to go the extra mile. [Haaretz 4/25/12.]
Those not sufficiently impressed with the level of hysteria in the above Netanyahu quote should read the whole speech; Netanyahu’s grossly overblown historical allusions that implicitly accuse all who dissent from his viewpoint of being either idiots or traitors are explained in the Israeli media.
Hysterical people with their fingers on nuclear buttons are not friends; they are enemies…and very dangerous ones.
An Israeli review of the Israeli military-intelligence revolt against Netanyahu.