Executive Intelligence Review


Israeli Authors Warn What Netanyahu’s War Policy Leads To

May 13, 2018 (EIRNS)—President Donald Trump’s stated intention to force Iran into a “new deal, a better deal—better for Iran,” runs straight into the Netanyahu government’s intention to have an Israeli war with Iran, and involve U.S. forces in it. Close coordination between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is the sine qua non for restoring peace in Southwest Asia.

Two articles written by Israelis, appearing in Ha’aretz and the New Yorker respectively, make clear that while some Israeli leaders and media are euphoric about the May 9 strikes against Iranian forces in Syria, the larger issue facing the Israelis, is that this could lead to a protracted war against Hezbollah, and may result in a far different outcome than the self-assured Israelis anticipate.

Left unsaid, is that it could be the spark for a global nuclear war.

Writing in Ha’aretz May 12, Amos Harel acknowledges what, so far, the Israeli government has not: That the Israelis carried out the April 9 bombing of the T4 airbase in Syria, which resulted in the deaths of seven Iranians, followed by the May 9 bombing. He also states that so far, “Russia has not gone out of its way to assist Iran,” which, with President Trump’s pullout from the Iran nuclear agreement, May have emboldened the Israelis.

Harel stresses, “It would be worth waiting before holding the medal ceremonies and victory celebrations,” and

“it would be better not to get caught up in the now self-assured, arrogant spiral evident in the reactions in some television studios, at the Knesset and on social media. Under extreme pressure or down the line, Tehran could nevertheless roll out its heavier weapon, Hezbollah, in which case the conflict could take on an entirely different scope.”

On May 10, for New Yorker, Israeli author Bernard Avishai also writes that this May end in a drawn-out Israeli-Hezbollah confrontation that may end poorly for Israel. Moreover, U.S. military intimidation of Iran—a policy Avishai identifies with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton—“is precisely what Netanyahu is counting on, given the potential for escalation in Syria and Lebanon, which he does not wish Israel to face alone.”

Avishai emphasizes what Amos Yadlin, the head of the Institute of National Security Studies told him: “The situation urgently needs Russian and American leaders who will contain the menace of a larger war.”