Netanyahu Believes ‘National Emergency’ Would Help Build Coalition

Posted: 15 March 2009 by Sayyid in International Affairs, Palestine-Israel, Political Science
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Israel PM-designate Bibi Netanyahu (aka “Mr. Iran”) has struggled to build a coalition gov’t. Would he resort to manufacturing a crisis?

Press TV – “Mr. Iran Envisions ‘Major’ War in Coming Months” – 14 Mar 09:

Amid lingering talks of war on Iran, Israel’s prime minister-designate raises the alarm about a major military conflict in the coming months.

The soon-to-be prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that “a national emergency” such as Israel’s involvement in a major war would help him in his frantic attempts to form a new ruling coalition.

Netanyahu, who is known as “Mr. Iran” in Israeli circles, has so far failed to gain the trust and support of opposition parties of Kadima and Labor.

“His main consideration is that Israel expects to be embroiled in a major military confrontation in the next few months with Iran, Hamas or Hezbollah — or all three at once,” read the Debka report.

“A national emergency” would then compel Israeli rivals to join Bibi’s government, unnamed political sources were quoted as saying.

The military conflict prediction by the Israeli prime minister-designate comes as earlier on February 16, an annual defense work plan presented to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi for the year 2009 described Iran as “the No.1 threat the IDF is now preparing for.”

Israel, believed to be the only possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, describes Iran’s nuclear activities as a threat to its existence….

The freeze in the delivery of the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile is expected to help ensure the success of an Israeli airstrike on Iranian nuclear sites.

Western military experts have estimated that the controversial system would rule out the possibility of any such strike on Iranian facilities.

In the last week, Israel has threatened Iran with a pre-emptive strike, based on a US-based study that defies facts, a Palestinian news agaency reported that Israel was “preparing to carry out a huge and harsh attack at any moment” on Gaza, and Pres. Obama rationalized extending sanctions on Iran with empty “factless, subjective, cynical rhetoric of passion”.

This weekend, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen “argued that a war against Iran would set off ‘unintended’ outcomes and endanger US interests in the oil-rich region”:

In a weekend interview with Charlie Rose, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said although he is concerned with the ‘consequences’ of a military action against Iran, the army could rely on a ‘very strong strategic reserve’.

“We have the capacity to do it but we are stretched. My ground forces are very stressed, very worn… On the other hand we’ve got a very strong strategic reserve in our Air Force and in our Navy and in fact that’s a part of the world, it’s a maritime part of the world, where the emphasis would certainly be on those two forces,” explained Adm. Mullen.

His remarks come as Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is currently in the US to discuss “the Iranian threat” with the heads of the defense establishment and the US Secretary of State’s special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, Dennis Ross, according to Israeli media.

As Western doubts linger over the success of any Israeli military plan against Iran as well as Tehran’s retaliation warnings, the US is expected to be involved — voluntarily or forcibly — in a potential war against Iran.

“What I worry about in terms of an attack on Iran is in addition to the immediate effect, the effect of the attack, it’s the unintended consequences,” Mullen said. “So I worry about the responses and I worry about it escalating in ways that we couldn’t predict.”

“So that kind of option generates a much higher level of risk in terms of outcomes in the region and it really concerns me,” he added.

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