The drums for war on Iran have been banging louder than ever lately, with a spate of articles by political commentators either directly encouraging the bombing of the Islamic Republic or otherwise offering a narrative in which this is effectively portrayed as the only option to prevent Iran from waging a nuclear holocaust against Israel. A prominent example of the latter is Jeffrey Goldberg’s article last month in the Atlantic magazine, “The Point of No Return”. Goldberg’s lengthy piece essentially boils down to this: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons poses an existential threat to Israel’s existence comparable to the Nazi Holocaust, and although the U.S. recognizes this threat, the Obama administration is weak, so Israel will have no choice but to act alone in bombing Iran to ensure its own survival.
Posts Tagged ‘Yukiya Amano’
Herb Keinon and AP, The Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2009
Israel privately heaved a sigh of relief Thursday at the election of Japan’s Yukiya Amano to replace Mohamed ElBaradei as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The relief comes both because the tenure of ElBaradei, with whom Israel has had a rocky relationship, is about to end, and because Amano beat out South Africa’s candidate, Abdul Samad Minty.
While officially Israel had no comment on the development, privately, government sources said Amano was Israel’s preferred candidate.