The day there is no Iranian bomb

Didi Remez provides a translation of an op-ed by Sever Plocker that appeared in the Hebrew edition of Yedioth Ahronoth:

One of the most historically important statements to have been made in the past ten years in the State of Israel made headlines in the Israeli media on Friday for a single day. It elicited a few reactions and a few brief analyses — and disappeared. The statement was ascribed to (and was not subsequently denied by) the outgoing Mossad director, Meir Dagan.

Dagan, a suspicious super-cautious individual who routinely prefers to err on the side of pessimism, was quoted as having said: “Iran will not have nuclear military capability at least until 2015.” The reason cited for this: technical difficulties and malfunctions, which have stymied Tehran’s efforts to get its military nuclear program off the ground. For the sake of accuracy, and the Mossad relies on accuracy, the above-cited “technical difficulties and malfunctions” have already caused that initiative a few years’ worth of setbacks.

For more than a decade, Israel has been living under the thickening cloud of the Iranian nuclear bomb. The military, economic and even the social agendas in Israel have been directly influenced by it. The election of Netanyahu as prime minister (and Barak’s joining the coalition) were explained by the need to place at the head of the state and the security establishment people who would be capable of leading the people and the army in this decisive year in dealing with Iran. From time to time, in light of the foolish things that the two of them have done, public opinion was asked to be forgiving of them because of the weight of the Iranian threat that lay on their shoulders.

That was the case up until Friday, January 7, 2011. On that day, the world order was changed. The Iranian nuclear threat died. It keeled over. Because, if the director of the State of Israel’s Mossad is prepared to risk saying that Iran won’t have even a single nuclear bomb “at least until 2015,” that means that Iran is not going to have a nuclear bomb. Period.

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2 thoughts on “The day there is no Iranian bomb

  1. blowback

    Two thoughts:
    Perhaps Dagan did it as a “screw you” to Netanyahu. By all account Dagan is a vain,arrogant, hubristic shit, so what better than to demolish Netanyahu’s main justification for the continuation of the occupation.
    Alternatively, this could be a last favour by Dagan for Netanyahu. Now the issue of Israel bombing Iran is off the table until after the next election in Israel (and America) and since Israel really couldn’t do it on its own and the current regime in Washington appears to be reluctant to do it anyway that means that Netanyahu won’t face condemnation by his rabidly fascistic supporters for not doing it.

  2. Norman

    How interesting, perhaps having it both ways. Though it hints at the source of the worm that hit last year, studflex or what ever it was?

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