Magazine article The American Conservative

Bibi's First War

Magazine article The American Conservative

Bibi's First War

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Asked by Wolf Blitzer, "How worried are you that the new government of Israel, under Prime Minister Netanyahu, will launch a strike to take out Iran's nuclear facilities?" Vice President Joe Biden replied, "I don't believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu would do that."

Perhaps he hasn't checked with his buddy Bibi lately, for the new Israeli PM seems inclined to do just that. He promised that if he was elected, "Iran will not acquire nuclear arms." Now he's angling to make good on that pledge. Aluf Benn reports in Ha'aretz, "Politicians in touch with Netanyahu say he has already made up his mind to destroy Iran's nuclear installations."

Israel's intelligence chief, Amos Yadlin, announced that Tehran has passed the "point of no return." The Home Front Command will soon conduct the largest exercise in its history to prepare the population for war. And the Israeli Air Force is conducting long-range training in Greece. In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg--"Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran Or I Will"--an unnamed aide to the prime minister said that Israel's time limit is months, "not years. …

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