Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sanguine Prognosticator

A former Mossad chief says there's no way Iran can wipe Israel off the map. From the CJN:
TORONTO — Contrary to the anxiety of many Is­raeli politicians, Iran doesn’t pose an existential threat to Israel, says the former director of the Mos­sad, Is­rael’s external intelligence agency.

Speaking at Beth Sholom Synagogue last week, Efraim Halevy adopted an upbeat approach, describing Is­rael as extremely strong and indestructible.

Halevy, who joined the Mossad in 1961 and headed it from 1998 to 2002, cautioned that Iran, rather than Israel, should be concerned about its future.

In a menacing allusion to the possibility that Israel might well bomb Iran’s bud­ding nuc­lear weapon sites one day, he said, “There is great fear and uncertainty in Iran as to what Israel might do.

“We are capable of things the Iranians fear,” added Halevy, whose appearance here was under the auspices of Canadian Society for Yad Vashem.

Halevy said he agreed with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s most recent assessment on Iran. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Barak said Iran would not be an existential threat to Israel’s existence even if it acquired a nuclear ar­senal.

Anchoring his remarks to Barak’s analysis, Halevy said, “Israel today is indestructible. It’s not possible to des­troy Israel. Israel today has an array of offensive and defensive abilities that make its destruction impossible.”...
Good to know, but then the Titanic was once called "unsinkable" and everyone knows how well that turned out.

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