Why I’m convinced Israel will bomb Iran in weeks: Netanyahu is running out of patience and is ‘closer than ever’ to launching a strike
By Michael Burleigh
24 August 2012
For months there have been international discussions about the threat a nuclear Iran would present – most notably to its avowed enemy, Israel, which Iran has vowed to ‘erase from the map’.
Aggressive, war-mongering rhetoric has been bubbling in Israel as a result. And seeing no signs that slow-burning international sanctions are effective, Israel is coming to the view it should no longer entrust others with its own security.
This summer has an ominous feel, like August 1914. In the Middle East, the Arab Spring has replaced several autocrats, not with Western-style liberals, but with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood.
The civil war raging in Syria is threatening to spill over into Lebanon and Jordan, and is really a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia to establish dominance over the region.
Meanwhile, looming in the background is the longer-term crisis caused by Iran’s devious and dogged pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Should the mullahs acquire a bomb, then several other countries in the region — Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey among them — will seek one as well, to counter Iranian hegemony.