"The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a possible military attack on Iran, in a striking indication of Israel's turmoil over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program.
Yuval Diskin said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak — who have been saber-rattling for months — have their judgment clouded by "messianic feelings" and should not be trusted to lead policy on Iran. Diskin, who headed Shin Bet until last year, said a strike might actually accelerate the Iranian program.
Shin Bet addresses security in Israel and the Palestinian Territories only and is not involved in international affairs." AP
We now have an interesting collection of former heads of Shin Bet (Shabak), Mossad, former DMIs, and the current chief of staff of the IDF who say that Bibi and his acolytes are endangering Israel by exaggerating the Iranian threat and Israel's ability to deal with it militarily.
A few weeks ago various AIPAC flunkies and 5th columnists were busy on TV and in print attacking the USIC and CJCS Martin Dempsey for saying the same things. How will they deal with this? Will they rally behind the hyper-nationalists or will they stop insulting and reviling American patriots who have the courage to speak the truth?
If Obama, Panetta and Clapper had not held the line against pro-Likud idiocy, these voices in Israel would not have felt empowered to speak. Would Romney have dealt with this by anything other than submission to Bibi's foolishness?
Let us get on with negotiating a reasonable compromise with the Iranians over their nuclear electricity program and the mischief they have caused since the revolution in Iran. If the Iranians are wise they will seek to reach a general agreement.
Can it be that we will see the beginning of a US/Israeli relationship not based on political manipulation and media deception? One can only hope. pl