The Disclosure That US President Barack Obama Approved the Sale of 5,000-Pound Bunker-Buster Bombs to Israel, for a Possible Attack on Iran's Nuclear Installations, Has Sent Ripples of Alarm across the Middle East, Including Israel Itself

By Blanche, Ed | The Middle East, November 2011 | Go to article overview

The Disclosure That US President Barack Obama Approved the Sale of 5,000-Pound Bunker-Buster Bombs to Israel, for a Possible Attack on Iran's Nuclear Installations, Has Sent Ripples of Alarm across the Middle East, Including Israel Itself


Blanche, Ed, The Middle East


The fears that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a right-wing hawk whose enthusiasm--some would say obsession--to launch a pre-emptive strike against what he sees as an existential threat to Israel, has hit the headlines in recent days.

"Netanyahu's messianism could launch attack on Iran," said one paper. "Netanyahu must be stopped from attacking Iran," declared another.

Fifty-five US-made bunker-busters, designated GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrators, were secretly delivered to Israel in 2009. Israel wanted the weapons in 2007, so it could be argued that the delay in delivery averted an Israeli strike that would have had calamitous consequences.

But despite Netanyahu's determination to defang Iran, he has not launched an attack, even though he had the weapons to blast Iran's underground nuclear facilities.

But concerns Netanyahu could still unleash them remain. For one thing, he and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, himself a former prime minister and chief of staff, have in recent months carried out command changes on an unprecedented scale in Israel's military and intelligence arms.

According to Meir Dagan, director of Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad, until he stepped down in January, commanders who opposed attacking Iran because of the regional firestorm it would detonate, have been dismissed.

Of the 18 living former chiefs of Israel's security establishment, eight publicly oppose Netanyahu's strategic thinking. Another four "have made their alarm publicly clear though they aren't aggressively campaigning right now", according to one observer.

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They include Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel's General Security Service, and Lt. Gen. Gabi. Ashkenazi, the armed forces chief of staff edged out of office in late 2010. Two, Barak and another ex-chief of staff, Moshe Yaalon, are serving in "Bibi" Netanyahu's coalition cabinet.

Dagan, a former general with a fearsome record of ruthlessness against Israel's enemies, has publicly declared that attacking Iran "is the stupidest thing I've ever heard".

"I decided to speak because when I was in office, Diskin, Ashkenazi and I could block any dangerous adventure," Dagan explained. …

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