Israel's Establishment Speaks Out on Iran

Insiders Divided Like Never Before Over Looming War

By J.J. Goldberg and Ben Lynfield

Published August 26, 2012, issue of August 31, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share
  • Single Page

(page 4 of 4)

For

Avi Dichter
Avi Dichter

Avi Dichter

Former Shin Bet head; recently appointed minister for the home front

What he said and where

Backed Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of Iran as an “existential threat” in his first remarks as minister, August 19.

What it means

Believes Isreal must be prepared to act alone and attack Iran if necessay.

“Lebanon, Gaza and Syria pose a strategic threat, and Iran for the first time poses an existential threat.”


Ephraim Sneh
Ephraim Sneh

Ephraim Sneh

Former deputy defense minister

What he said and where

Barring a change in Iran’s stand, backed an attack before end of year in a briefing to the Israel Policy Forum on July 10.

What it means

Believes Israel’s window to act is short because winter conditions will soon make an attack impossible and Iran will have new defenses in place by spring.

“Our operational maneuvering is narrower than America’s.”


Moshe Ya’alon

Current minister for strategic affairs, former IDF chief of staff

What he said and where

Backed Barak and Netanyahu’s stance in June 13 Haaretz interview.

What it means

Believes Israel may have to act alone to remove what he sees as an existential threat.

“The Iranian nuclear threat is like a sword held to Israel’s throat….Under no circumstances will Israel agree to let the sword touch its throat.”’


Straddler

Amos Yadlin
Amos Yadlin

Amos Yadlin

Former head of military intelligence; director of Institute for National Security Studies

What he said and where

In a Washington Post opinion piece August 18, urged proactive diplomacy by Obama to reassure Israel and avert an Israeli attack.

What it means

Recommends that Obama address the Knesset to make clear his commitment to stop the Iranian bomb, and that he inform Congress in writing of his intention to use military force if diplomacy fails.

“If the U.S. wants Israel to give sanctions and diplomacy more time, Israelis must know they will not be left high and dry if these options fail.”

Based on reporting by Ben Lynfield and J.J. Goldberg.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • It’s over. The tyranny of the straight-haired, button nosed, tan-skinned girl has ended. Jewesses rejoice!
  • It's really, really, really hard to get kicked out of Hebrew school these days.
  • "If Netanyahu re-opens the settlement floodgates, he will recklessly bolster the argument of Hamas that the only language Israel understands is violence."
  • Would an ultra-Orthodox leader do a better job of running the Met Council?
  • So, who won the war — Israel or Hamas?
  • 300 Holocaust survivors spoke out against Israel. Did they play right into Hitler's hands?
  • Ari Folman's new movie 'The Congress' is a brilliant spectacle, an exhilarating visual extravaganza and a slapdash thought experiment. It's also unlike anything Forward critic Ezra Glinter has ever seen. http://jd.fo/d4unE
  • The eggplant is beloved in Israel. So why do Americans keep giving it a bad rap? With this new recipe, Vered Guttman sets out to defend the honor of her favorite vegetable.
  • “KlezKamp has always been a crazy quilt of gay and straight, religious and nonreligious, Jewish and gentile.” Why is the klezmer festival shutting down now?
  • “You can plagiarize the Bible, can’t you?” Jill Sobule says when asked how she went about writing the lyrics for a new 'Yentl' adaptation. “A couple of the songs I completely stole." Share this with the theater-lovers in your life!
  • Will Americans who served in the Israeli army during the Gaza operation face war crimes charges when they get back home?
  • Talk about a fashion faux pas. What was Zara thinking with the concentration camp look?
  • “The Black community was resistant to the Jewish community coming into the neighborhood — at first.” Watch this video about how a group of gardeners is rebuilding trust between African-Americans and Jews in Detroit.
  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
  • Maybe he was trying to give her a "schtickle of fluoride"...
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.