Haaretz: Panetta Arrives in Israel for ‘Urgent Consultations’ to Prevent Israeli Attack on Iran

Israel weighing attack on Iran?


Israel warns West: Window of opportunity to thwart Iran nuclear program is closing (Netanyahu wants to bomb) – Haaretz 



Will Israel bomb Iran without notifying the US?: http://tinyurl.com/WillIsraelBombIran

‘Yellow Light’ Enough for Israel to Attack Iran:


CIA Veteran: Israel to Attack Iran in the Fall:


Israel determined to attack Iran (& draw US into probable WWIII):
Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran


US Gives  Israel Green Light for Iran Strike


James Morris and FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley about coming war with Iran


Israel and the March to War, Tikum Olam, Richard Silverstein, October 14, 2011:http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/10/14/israel-and-the-march-to-war/:  “I don’t know if Fishman, Oren, Caspit, Dagan and others are right about the oncoming war.  But their views are too sobering NOT to take seriously.  I would rather be wrong and have spoken out, than be right and not have said anything for fear of being wrong.”


Haaretz: Panetta Arrives in Israel for ‘Urgent Consultations’ on Iran, Tikun Olam, Richard Silverman, Oct. 3, 2011:


 I have been writing for more than two years about the possibility of an Israeli war against Iran (make no mistake, an Israeli attack on Iran will not be just a single discrete operation, but involve an ongoing, and regional war).  And I’ve never felt closer to the idea it was going to happen.  If it does, all of the political developments that led up to it should be fodder for an international studies colloquim on national conflicts, how they start, how to avoid them, and how needless and futile they are.
Today, Haaretz blares a headline (Hebrew print edition only) for a story by Amos Harel:
Second Meeting in Two Weeks:
U.S. Defense Secretary Arrives for Urgent Consultation on Iran
This is no ordinary meeting.  As Harel’s story notes, it’s the second meeting between Panetta and Barak in two weeks.  His first was in Washington DC, during which he also met with the new CIA director, David Petraeus.  Tomorrow’s meeting threatens to be a make or break one, during which Israel will argue for an attack and Panetta will (hopefully) attempt to dissuade them:
Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are believed to favor an Israeli strike on Iran, while the Obama administration has gone out of its way to voice its objection to such a move. Panetta’s predecessor at the Defense Department, Robert Gates, has repeatedly reiterated his objection to an Israeli strike, claiming that such a move would have severe consequences.
Admiral Michael Mullen, who last month stepped down from his role as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has passed numerous messages to Netanyahu, clarifying that Israel does not have a “green light” to attack Iran.
Lately the administration has refrained from direct remarks about a possible Israeli strike.
Gee, why do you think that is?  Because Obama, with falling popularity ratings especially within the Jewish community, doesn’t feel strong enough to step in front of this oncoming train (wreck).  And possibly because he doesn’t oppose it nearly as strongly as he should.  Obama’s seen his poll numbers rise with his lethal approach to alleged anti-American terrorists.  Part of him at the least, must believe that unleashing Israel on the Iranians can’t hurt him with security-hawk voters.  Of course, Obama forgets or doesn’t care about the impact it will have on his progressive-liberal base.  He either takes them for granted, believes they have nowhere else to go, or thinks they’re insignificant.
I’ve been reporting here on numerous Israeli media sources who’ve noted the increasing apocalyptical rhetoric from both Ehud Barak and Bibi Netanyahu concerning the Iranian threat to Israel.  Never have a I read so many Israeli commentators reporting virtually the same portraits of leaders ready for war, and at the same time.  It’s ominous, I tell you.
Yaakov Katz, who is a veteran hawkish military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, also reports today:
One of the last times Leon Panetta came to Israel was to stop the country from attacking Iran.  It was May 2009 and the then-CIA chief was reportedly sent to Israel to ensure the new government in Jerusalem was not planning unilateral action against the Islamic Republic.
…On Monday, Panetta will again arrive in Israel, although this time as secretary of defense…When he sits down for talks with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Iran will again feature prominently on the agenda.  What he will find, though, might not be to his liking.
According to some estimations, the chances of an Israeli strike against Iran might be growing…Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan’s recent warning that with him, former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi and former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin no longer in office there is no one left capable of standing up to Barak and Netanyahu if they should decide to take action.
…Panetta will likely use this visit to try and [sic] ease Israeli concerns and tensions…He will also look for assurances that Israel will not surprise America.
Katz claims that Israel hasn’t yet given up on the efficacy of sanctions.  But U.S. defense secretaries don’t meet their Israeli counterparts twice in two weeks and fly half way around the world in order to discuss sanctions.  I smell war in the air.  God, I hope I’m wrong.  So many will die if I’m not, and needlessly so.

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Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran


 By Ray McGovern, October 3, 2011

Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs (for Iran?)


US Begins Huge Military Maneuvers Aimed at Iran 

AIPAC Pushes Hard for War With Iran (but doesn’t want the blame):
911 Motive & Media Betrayal: http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal

10 Responses to “Haaretz: Panetta Arrives in Israel for ‘Urgent Consultations’ to Prevent Israeli Attack on Iran”

  • If Israel attacks Iran, That will surely be a set up for another attack on us.

  • Edwin Paul says:

    Let’s pray that the US can prevent WWW III, and that Panetta in his role as a great American super-hero can save the Israeli Administration from their suicidal tendencies.

  • wayne says:

    Israel will demand and get huge concessions from the USA for not attacking Iran. If however, they do attack Iran, America will be forced into their war by the Jewish Zionist elite that control America.

    Israel could be significantly damaged by a war because Hezbollah and Syria are very nearby on Israel’s border, and very heavily armed with thousands of weapons that can and will reach Israel. These nations have very motivated fighters, even willing to die, that are now well trained and savvy with the most advanced equipment.The old arrogantly strutting days of Israel are over, and they know it. Lets hope we can all survive Israels major defeat, because they are suicidal (Sampson Option) and have at least 400 nuclear bombs that have target all the nations.

  • This is the same Panetta who learned to love Israel while sharing a house
    in Washington with Senator Charles Schumer. The pair also share memories of a domestic incident that must have been a powerful bonding experience for Israel’s “guardian” in the Senate and the future Pentagon chief:

    “Mr. Schumer recalls the time that he and a roommate, Representative Leon Panetta of California, chased particularly loud crickets up the stairs at 3 a.m. Both men were wearing their underwear.”


  • tom2 says:

    Say goodbye to the Israel………

  • Guest says:

    This is interesting. Why does the U.S. have to “ask” Israel not to attack Iran – why not just end the obscenely large amount of foreign money and military aid sent to them, until they comply?

  • Patriot says:

    —– Forwarded Message —–

    From: Dick Blakney

    Sent: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 04:53:46 -0000 (UTC)
    Subject: Iran Update

    To Network Promoting Peace with Iran,

    A number of articles are indicating that bombing of Iran’s nuclear facilities is likely to occur.

    Dick Blakney

    Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel, New York Times, By SCOTT SHANE, September 5, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/us/06leak.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all: WASHINGTON — “When Shamai K. Leibowitz, an F.B.I. translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking classified information to a (Seattle) blogger (Richard Silverstein), prosecutors revealed little about the case. … Mr. Leibowitz, a contract Hebrew translator, passed on secret transcripts of conversations caught on F.B.I. wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Those overheard by the eavesdroppers included American supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress, according to the blogger, Richard Silverstein. … Mr. Leibowitz…released the documents because of concerns about Israel’s aggressive efforts to influence Congress and public opinion, and fears that Israel might strike nuclear facilities in Iran, a move he saw as potentially disastrous, according to Mr. Silverstein.”

    A stunning shift of Iran’s image in the Arab world – A poll shows Iran’s popularity in dramatic decline in several Middle Eastern countries, possibly an indication of the domestically driven political change sweeping across the region, Dan Murphy, CS Monitor, September 7, 2011: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2011/0907/A-stunning-shift-of-Iran’s-image-in-the-Arab-world:(Pollster James) “Zogby found … a stunning reversal in Iran’s general popularity among six Arab nations of the region. … But with the US drawdown in Iraq, the domestically driven political change sweeping countries like Egypt and Libya, and Iran’s own brutality against domestic democracy activists, Iran’s ability to exert soft power in the region has clearly taken a beating. … In Egypt the shift was from 89 percent positive to 63 percent negative. In Saudi Arabia, it went from 85 percent positive to 80 percent negative. … Only in Lebanon itself, with a large Shiite population, did Iran retain a positive rating … ”
    The coming Republican push on Iran – Backed by Israel, it’s the only foreign policy issue that unites the GOP,by Trita Parsi, Salon, 9/18/11: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/09/18/gop_iran:There are four factors which will drive the GOP to make Iran one of its main foreign policy issues: First, Iran unites all factions of the Republican Party except for Ron Paul. Second, just as it unites Republicans, it divides Democrats. Third Republicans believe that Iran provides an opportunity to portray Obama as weak. Fourth: Iran enables the Republicans to cast Obama as insensitive to Israel.

    Iranian President Offers Nukes Compromise to U.S., Barbara Slavin, IPS, Sept. 22, 2011: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105210
    “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday (Sept. 22) that Iran would be willing to halt production of enriched uranium that is close to weapons grade if the United States sells Iran fuel for a reactor that produces medical isotopes. … He was referring to a U.S.-backed offer in 2009 to send out most of its stockpile of 3.5 percent uranium for further processing by Russia and France. … (Ahmadinejad said) over 800,000 people in Iran are dependent on this medicine. … U.S. and European diplomats walked out during his speech (at the U.N.) in which he accused the U.S. of killing Osama bin Laden so that he could not testify about the true culprits behind the Sep. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.”

    Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs, The Daily Beast, Sep 23, 2011:http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/23/president-obama-secretly-approved-transfer-of-bunker-buster-bombs-to-israel.html “While Obama publicly pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements, he secretly sold Jerusalem deep-penetrating bombs it had long sought … (he) secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned.”
    Military and arms control experts call for dialogue with Iran, September 23, 2011
    By: NIAC Staff: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/09/18/gop_iran “Admiral Joe Sestak joined nonproliferation experts Mark Fitzpatrick and Greg Thielmann to discuss the need for engagement with Iran to resolve the nuclear issue and prevent a disastrous war. … “Sestak … argued that “a military strike … would make the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion look like a cakewalk with regard to the impact on the United States’ national security. .. The general consensus … recognized that the threat of Iran’s nuclear program is neither imminent nor inevitable, but that U.S. foreign policy must utilize all diplomatic tools to solve the matter and avoid a military confrontation.”

    What Media Coverage Omits about US Hikers Released by Iran, by Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com & Common Dreams, 9/26/11: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/26-10 “Two American hikers imprisoned for more than two years by Iran on extremely dubious espionage charges and in highly oppressive conditions, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, were released last week and spoke yesterday in Manhattan about their ordeal. Most establishment media accounts in the U.S. have predictably exploited the emotions of the drama as a means of bolstering the U.S.-is-Good/Iran-is-Evil narrative which they reflexively spout. …(They stated) solitary confinement was the worst experience of all our lives. …In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would remind us of comparable conditions at GuantanamoBay; they’d remind us of CIA prisons in other parts of the world; and conditions that Iranians and others experience in prisons in the U.S.”
    Slippery when read, Stephen M. Walt, Sept. 30, 2011, foreignpolicy.com, http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/09-30/slippery_when_read: “Writing in the Washington Quarterly, Kenneth Pollack and Ray Takeyh have arather bizarre piece calling for the United States to “double down” on Iran, including direct efforts to destabilize the clerical regime. While rejecting preventive war — at least for the moment — they call for a variety of new pressures, including the use of Special Forces and other military means to ramp up the pressure. Although filled with protective caveats, their article portrays these escalated pressures as something of a last-ditch effort to convince Iran to give up its nuclear enrichment program. Like U.S. policy itself, their article is rife with internal contradictions. As such, it provides a textbook illustration of the stale thinking that has shaped U.S. policy for a couple of decades. … In short, there is little reason to think that “doubling down” will do anything more than increase Iran’s interest in moving closer to a latent nuclear capacity. … But my real concern goes deeper. It is hard to read this piece without hearkening back to Pollack’s The Threatening Storm, the book that convinced many liberals to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003. … Pollack and Takeyh may be setting the stage for a future article where they admit that “doubling down” didn’t work, and then tell us – with great reluctance, of course – that we have no choice but to go to war again.”
    Note: Stephen M. Walt is Belfer Prof. of International Studies, HarvardUniversity. He co-authored The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2007.

    Daylight through the Wall – Dagan, Panetta Warns Bibi Against Iran Adventure, Tikun Olam,Richard Silverstein, October 3, 2011: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/10/03/dagan-panetta-warn-bibi-against-iran-adventure/: In the October 3 Haaretz Hebrew edition is the story of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, for the second time in two weeks, meeting with Israeli secretary of defense (& former PM) Ehud Barak. Haaretz portrays Panetta’s message as America is standing by Israel, but an uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran could spark a regional war. The U.S. will work to defend Israel, but Israel must behave responsibly. The view of many Western military experts is that “the window of opportunity for an aerial assault on Iran will close within two months.” But Middle East observers believe Israel cannot attack Iran without direct U.S. assistance through provision of aerial refueling tankers.

    Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran, Ray McGovern, Consortiumnews.com, October 3, 2011: http://america-hijacked.com/2011/10/04/israel%e2%80%99s-window-to-bomb-iran/ “Exclusive:Israeli leaders continue to pound the drum about taking out Iran’s nuclear program – and some hardliners may want to strike soon, fearing the window of opportunity will close if President Barack Obama wins reelection and is less susceptible to political pressures, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern observes. There are mounting signs that the right-wing Israeli government may think the timing is right for an attack on Iran, with growing alarms inside Israel about alleged Iranian progress on building a nuclear bomb – and with President Barack Obama fearing loss of key Jewish political support in 2012 if he doesn’t go along.”

  • Geltmeister says:

    Israel is a paper tiger. It’s all bluff and bluster. That’s why they’re always over-reacting to the slightest thing. They know that the minute someone calls their bluff Israel is finished.

    They only openly attack countries that have no counter-attack defense. When it’s a strong country they have to operate cloak and dagger or get the US in.

    They are nothing, this is why Lebanon has not been invaded since 2006, because they now have a viable counter-attack defense.

    IDF are only good at shooting unarmed pregnant women.

  • Patriot says:

    Mike Rivero (of http://whatreallyhappened.com) wrote the following response at bottom of: http://america-hijacked.com/2011/11/03/israeli-uk-media-report-increased-planning-for-confrontation-with-iran/

    The reason for the rush is simple. Iraq is kicking the US out end of the year. Israel needs those American bodies to be in Iraq to catch Iranian bullets when Iran retaliates for an attack. So Israel is going to start the war with Iran now while YOUR kids are in position to die to save Israeli lives.

    That is when Netanyahu meant by the “window closing.”

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