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January 18, 2006

Iran's Redefined Strategy - Hoping For A Surprise Visit From The Israeli Air Force?

Topics: Iran

Probably not!

So what's Iran up to in "baiting" the Israelis to come pay them a visit, and defying the international community by not only proceeding with it's nuclear program, but almost going out of their way to hint that they are developing a nuclear bomb? Are controversial remarks by Iran's "Jew-baiting" president describing the Nazi Holocaust as a "myth" and demanding Israel's destruction just wild comments by an inexperienced hard-liner, or are they part of a government strategy to keep anti-Israel sentiment alive in the Middle East?

From Ted Belman at Israpundit:

The Iranians have broken the International Atomic Energy Agency seals on some of their nuclear facilities. They did this very deliberately and publicly to make certain that everyone knew that Tehran was proceeding with its nuclear program. Prior to this, and in parallel, the Iranians began to -- among other things -- systematically bait the Israelis, threatening to wipe them from the face of the earth.

The question, of course, is what exactly the Iranians are up to. They do not yet have nuclear weapons. The Israelis do. The Iranians have now hinted that (a) they plan to build nuclear weapons and have implied, as clearly as possible without saying it, that (b) they plan to use them against Israel. On the surface, these statements appear to be begging for a pre-emptive strike by Israel. There are many things one might hope for, but a surprise visit from the Israeli air force is not usually one of them. Nevertheless, that is exactly what the Iranians seem to be doing, so we need to sort this out.

Let's look at four possibilities - continue reading "Iran's Redefined Strategy"

Posted by Richard at January 18, 2006 7:46 AM

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