Barak Says Barack Has Israel’s Back

At the World Economic Forum in Davos (I wonder if he crossed paths with Derek Jeter), Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed confidence that the choice isn’t between a nuclear Iran and a major war:

“What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them.”

He said that President Obama directed the Pentagon to come up with “quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels.  So it is not an issue of a major war or a failure to block Iran.”

Sounds good to me.

Interview with Christopher Dickey, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Israelis Don’t Support Iran Strike Without U. S.

A new Jerusalem Post poll shows that a majority of Israelis support an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities if the U. S. leads, but only a minority support an attack by Israel alone.

This comes at a time when some top current and former Israeli officials are publicly opposing an attack, and when it seems clear that Benjamin Netanyahu will need to hold elections this fall, rather than next year as he had planned.

The former head of Israel’s domestic security service, Yuval Diskin, recently said that Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, can’t be trusted on Iran because they are moved by “messianic feelings.”

The current army chief of staff, Benny Gantz, said that the Iranian threat is less imminent than Netanyahu suggests, and that he believes Iran has not yet decided whether or not to build a nuclear bomb.