At the Crossroads of War: Do NOT Say You Were NOT Warned
by Eileen Fleming
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Last week The New York Times published an opine by Ronen Bergman, who answered his own question in “Will Israel Attack Iran?”
“After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. Perhaps in the small and ever-diminishing window that is left, the United States will choose to intervene after all, but here, from the Israeli perspective, there is not much hope for that. Instead there is that peculiar Israeli mixture of fear — rooted in the sense that Israel is dependent on the tacit support of other nations to survive — and tenacity, the fierce conviction, right or wrong, that only the Israelis can ultimately defend themselves.” 
And only Israel can save itself or destroy itself, for as a Hebrew prophet once warned that those who live by the sword will die by it too.
Bergman began his oped with the missed opportunity to educate the reader with the failure to respond with facts to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak after he said, “The Iranians are, after all, a nation whose leaders have set themselves a strategic goal of wiping Israel off the map.”