War Drums Beating or Just More of the Same?

As Carl points out in Israel Matzav, there have been a lot of “drumbeats” lately about Iran and its nuclear capabilities. Many speakers at the Herziliya Conference have spoken about the danger – the IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and vice-Premier Moshe Ya’alon to name just two.

In addition yesterday Khomeini came out with further warnings against Israel attacking Iran, and the Americans are talking about a possible? imminent? Israeli attack, and Panetta has mentioned in an interview that he thinks that Israel will attack in the next few months.

I am not sure if this is just more of the same talk that we have seen off and on for years, and the fact that so many officials at the Herziliya Conference chose to speak about this topic has caused the media in America to pick up on it  – or if it is indicative that something serious will happen soon.

My instinct is to choose the former. If Israel chooses to attack Iran it probably won’t do it with weeks of press conferences first – why tip your hand?

On the other hand the following powerful video was released about a week ago, and it is the most frightening thing I have seen in a long time. I actually had a nightmare the night after I saw it first (and I am not usually susceptible to these kinds of things.) If it is meant to convince people that Israel needs to make a pre-emptive strike, it certainly does its job!

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