Weighing impact of Israel striking Iran
March 9th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Weighing impact of Israel striking Iran

By Guy Azriel, reporting from Jerusalem

While Israel has the most advanced military in the Middle East - including a suspected-but-undeclared nuclear arsenal of its own - Israeli analysts say there's no guarantee that a unilateral strike will roll back an Iranian program it sees as a threat to its survival.

Yet that's the choice observers say the Jewish state may soon face, and some argue the benefits would outweigh the costs military action would incur.

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  1. Kailas

    Hi Larry,Actually I'm all for what is doable. The ploerbm, as I see it, has always been that nothing much ever seems to get done.Establishing the rights and wrongs in the matter is too arcane a science for my poor brain and so I would rather cut to the chase and have the entire situation move into a new reality, one that can be more readily absorbed, even by a novice coming late to the discussion. What if we could debate and then determine, with absolutely conclusive proof, which side had the better claim in this conflict? Where would that leave us then?Would we really be any further forward in attaining a solution that dignifies us as human beings or would we simply be faced with another crisis of even greater complexity? Our instinct should be to try sorting out the present business as it manifests itself today. What may be right' cannot only depend to things hidden in the past.It must also be in how we determine the future.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  2. Dam

    Sooner or later, something got be happened, with or without nuclear weapons.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • anti_zionist

      Exactly eat do you mean??

      If your so concerned about nukes, why don't you lobby to have Israel join the npt nations?

      They are fukking criminals.

      Down with Israel.

      March 11, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
  3. Skorpio

    Iran will eventually attack Israel with or without atomic bombs. The ayatollah said it many times and this guy is not bluffing. The root of the problem is the ayatollah and his satanic religion: Islam. Every Islamic country or Muslim society has the same MO: threats, violence, injustice, discrimination, hatred, resentment, vengeance and punishments. As long as Islam is the main ideology, every Muslim country and Muslim person is a potential risk.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • USMC FOREVER

      The real recipe for peace in Palestine is for everybody to agree to shit-can zionism. zionism is a racist ideology that does not need to exist. Differing religious beliefs can be controlled – look at Iran – it is a good example – for thousands of years Jews and Muslims have lived together in peace – that is until zionism arrived. Root out zionism and the world will be a better place.

      Let's bring to justice the leaders of the zionist regime in israel – bibi and his ruling coalition – give them all a swift trial and then let's hang them all until they are dead, dead, dead. Their crimes against humanity will not be forgotten. They have a price to pay for all the suffering they have caused the world. You'll find the real culprits of zionsism if you follow it to The City in London – it is there where it was spawned.

      zionism is evil and every zionist must be destroyed like America and the Soviets destroyed Nazism.

      Only then will there be a chance for peace. Most Arabs and half of the khazars in the world are good people, despite their silly religious beliefs. FYI: All religions are a lie and a crutch in my opinion. I can respect anyone's beliefs, even the Mormons, if they kept it to themselves and not wear it on their head, shoulders and shirt sleeves.

      It makes no sense to go around killing other people for religious beliefs. Like the Crusades and like the racist belief of a Chosen People – such beliefs need to be corralled.

      Human Rights for all – and to hell with religion and death to zionism.

      March 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • anti_zionist

        Indeed sir, well put.

        Down with Israel.

        March 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • anti_zionist

      Every rich Jew is a threat, not some poor Muslims.

      Down with likud, down with Israel.

      March 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
      • F B M

        And down with American evangelical voters whose world view is shaped by far right Christian radio networks and Fox news.

        March 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • anti_zionist

        Amen fbn!

        March 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  4. anti_zionist

    Remember the aid flotilla.

    Remember the white phosphorus.

    Remember the aparteid.

    Down with likud.

    DOWN WITH CRIMINAL ISRAEL!!!!

    March 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  5. West

    5777 yers Jews nation still on the map, I thing they doing somthing right, on like their enemies.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • #1 Mossad Agent aka AIPAC Agent #1 Lee Rosenburg

      West is a propagandist and she works for us. Her idf shift ends at midnight.

      March 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • anti_zionist

      If you mean killing, stealing, lying, coniving and sacraficing small children.....then ya

      Down with criminal Israel.

      March 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  6. beancube

    While Israel has the most advanced military in the Middle East – [ including a suspected-but-undeclared nuclear arsenal of its own ] – Israeli analysts say there's no guarantee that a unilateral strike will roll back an Iranian program it sees as a threat to its survival.

    So Israel can now trash every single bit of NTP as long as they like. OK, nobody should give a damn and countries should start to label themselves with [ including a suspected-but-undeclared nuclear arsenal of its own ] now. They all know even strong as US, we can only handling one undeclared at a time. If we don't want country trashing NTP to spread, we have no choice but target Israel first.

    March 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  7. rightospeak

    More warmongering.Finally , if Israel attacks Iran , we may have peace in the Middle East. The Russians are probably just itching to level the Holy Land and pay back the Zionists for the destruction of Russia by Lenin, Trocky, Kamienev,Bela Kun (Cohen at one time ),Dzerzinsky , Beria ,Hershel Jagoda, Checherin, Litvinoff ( Meier Finkelstein ) and many other butchers of Russian people. If that happens ,we implode for lack of oil – how far can you drive on a tank of gas in a year ?

    March 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      See my comment below...

      March 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
      • anti_zionist

        How about not, because I can bet its more jewganda...

        Filth

        March 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • #1 Mossad Agent aka AIPAC Agent #1 Lee Rosenburg

      Hey right to speak- who said you can use that name – what? you want these dumb americans to think they can post their opinions without any retaliation? Just say stuff like israel has the best army or death to iran.

      either way, you better watch it. Use a screen name like Boy Scouts of America.

      March 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  8. mipolitic

    well folks lets first consider the situation of israel not taking out the threat .

    israel would fall into the bit of denial only to join those countries in history including the usa that refused to confront the enemy inwhich attacked their country while they slept in a false state of security. pearl harbour , hilter , and italy struck the world without warning .
    israel does not hold americans in prison that are tortured and facing death. israel does not hold christians in jail that are facing death for their faith. israel does not have the secound highest torture and killing rate in the world by the gov. israel does not hang women for not obeying the faith of the land. IRAN DOES ALL THESE THINGS MONTHLY !

    these are facts , and no usa you will not have to attack iran , but do not stop israel from protecting it self.

    March 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • #1 Mossad Agent aka AIPAC Agent #1 Lee Rosenburg

      Good post mippi-poo – i like it. Dumb americans are sooo stupid.

      March 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • anti_zionist

      IRAN HASN'T INVADED ANYONE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS!!!

      DOWN WITH ISRAEL, DOWN WITH THE JEWISH LOBBY!!!

      March 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Maiara

      Ben Israel, these polling relsuts take place in a context and are pathologies of nationalism and manupulated masses in an unstable country, but with progress on the peace front all of these forces can have the wind taken out of them to a large extent. These masses could be moved in the opposite direction if they and the leaders who guide them or manipulate them perceived Israel even trying to be fair. I'm inclined to say that it does not come down to some ancient implacable hatred that Arabs genetically feel. Too often they hate us and always will, that is what the conflict is really about is used with varying degrees of cynicism (as by Netanyahu currently) as an excuse. This they just hate us, that's all there is to it is an overvalued idea and is too often a rationalization for the base motive of coveting another peoples' land and trying to find a reason why that's ok and they're wrong and we're right.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • Blessing

        In brief, I would like a Jewish state that maintains a Jewish motarijy, though not necessarily as large as it is now, and that would CERTAINLY allow foreign non-Jews, including Arabs, to apply for and be granted citizenship. Also, It would exempt Israeli Arabs from having to serve in the army; drafting them would be like the U.S. drafting American Jews for a war against Israel. Other than those two elements, Arabs and Jews should have 100% equal rights, opportunities and responsiblities.

        July 1, 2012 at 3:47 am |
  9. thomas mc

    Well, when Israel does attack Iran, Russia will nuke Tel Aviv, and Israel's constant warmongering will come to an end!

    March 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      BS...

      A country that supplies weapons to Iran will utilize their nuclear weapons and kill over a million civilians in retaliation for conventional surgical air strikes on equipment and minimal personnel involved in their "client state's" nuclear weapons development? About one of the most asinine comments on this topic in this formum I've read yet...minus a couple of foul mouth, juvenile, "anti zionist troll" comments.

      March 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • #1 Mossad Agent aka AIPAC Agent #1 Lee Rosenburg

        I can vouch for buzzshit. She works for us.

        March 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
      • Buzzer

        ...and with another "troll" post, my last point just re-enforced...profanity with no substance = no creditablity whatsoever.

        March 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
      • anti_zionist

        Blow me buzzer. You filth.

        Is love to dump you in Gaza for a day, you fukking pansy.

        Down with criminal Israel.

        March 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Anti-Zionst: You really think that I am on Israel's side? I can't believe I'm actually going to waste some of my day and give you a response...but others here read these posts and aren't completely blinded by hate for Israel and are able to SEPARATE their emotions from the issue and OBJECTIVELY make statements. Some people like you cannot or will not...however and whatever people choose to type is their choice and to each his own.

        The whole idea of "inserting" a people back into an area without asking "can I live in this land with you" and forcibly removing the people living there is called ethnic cleansing and was and is WRONG. Israel's policy towards the Palestinians was and is WRONG... BUT with millions of Jews now there, a COMPROMISE is going to have to be found. A similar situation exists in America with illegal immigrants from Mexico.

        ALL my arguments here and elsewhere have been about military support, capabilities and scenarios based on FACTS. Not ONCE about "propaganda" and which side is "right" or "wrong", they all about who will get involved in the region, who will not, who will support Iran/Israel and who will not.

        Your posts insulting people with profanity and hate without objectively engaging them objectively or at the very least subjectively explaining in your opinion why Israel's policies are wrong, and what RATIONALLY can and/or should be done to "correct" the situation does NOTHING but have people that you're arguing against here dig their heals in further. Your juvenile "one liners" just have people roll their eys and say "there are sure some inmature and hateful people out there...pretty sad".

        You ARE a "troll"...my "anti-Zionist" comment prior was NOT to be perceived as "defending" Israel...that was specifically directed at YOU. NONE of you statements have been creditable, factual or objective...you use juvenile comments filled with profanity because you cannot or will not control your childish emotions. If this is the way you think, act, and "operate" and you feel this is the best course of action to get your point across you're just wasting energy...

        March 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • antiayatoolah

      putin wont do anything but piss his pants when israel lights iran up and smokes them

      March 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
      • anti_zionist

        BET YOU THAT'S NOT HOW IT HAPPENS!!!

        THE WORLD HATES ISRAEL!!!

        March 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
      • Mike

        no anti_zionist only you and a few other crazy retards do. What has Israel ever done to you. And about saying the U.S. is dumb. You guys blow yourselves up thinking you'll go to heaven and get virgins. All because a drug addicted cleric says you will. How bout you pick up a Quran and stop listening to the radical dumbasses that tell you to hate Israel.

        March 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Blokji

        Re your last paragraph, Larry, it udsrencores how useful a debate between two non-rightists is as, as Burston's opinion shows, this kind of debate takes things to a higher level, to another plane not least because it dispenses with the particular distractions that come with right-wing ideology and gets down to some things that matter. This new kind of debate can be very educational and clarifying. And it gets down to some serious, pragmatic business, about tough subjects. Such as the RoR and how that is to be dealt with finally. The debate between Left and Right is exhausted, stale, predictable, boring, tiresome. Debate between Left and Center and Left and Left is what is needed. Burston recognized this immediately, as did many of us. So it was very disappointing to have Richard Silverstein walk off as he did, precisely, it seemed, over this important subject, RoR, rather than sticking around to debate. I thought the whole point of the Silverstein-Derfner matchup was to have a dialogue about our disagreements between two left-of-center people, and to reach new areas of understanding. Are you listening Richard?

        May 21, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  10. Socrates

    Middle Eastern countries and Israel deserve each other. Arab leaders, kings and princes and Israel politicians have no sympathy or compassion to their own people. Best example Natanjahu and the Saudi Arabia king, the worst of the worst.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • F B M

      .........."no sympathy or compassion to their own people". Precisely!

      Such good little puppets of the American Raj.

      March 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • #1 Mossad Agent aka AIPAC Agent #1 Lee Rosenburg

      Hey . . . . .bibi is the man. Thank you bibi for all you do.

      March 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  11. This_blank

    Just to make things perfectly clear the great satan has an even greater ego! Every single human being on this planet knows they cant get rid of us our egos would never allow it. We would rather slaughter every living thing & turn the earth into a dead glowing rock! We have the capability to destroy the whole world 10 times over! & EVERYBODY KNOWS WE WOULD!

    March 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  12. andrew

    How many times are journalists going to speculate Iran v. Israel ??? This is literally the third useless blog post on this f***ing site.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
  13. Robert Davis

    There will be NO distinction for unilateral strikes on Iran from Israel.

    It will not be only Israel that is targeted for retaliations... Whether the US and greater 'west' are involved directly or not will be irrelevant to the Iranian regime.... The impact from strikes on Iran will be painfully apparent throughout the "west".

    There is no protection, where Israel goes we all go together.

    It may be their destiny and fate, but they carry ours with them.

    We (USA and 'west') are THE 'Great Satan'

    March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Uncle Sam

      Let's just get it over with!

      Come on WW3 Baby!

      In the end there will no israel. no zionism.

      All the dirty evil zionists will get nuked and israel will be wiped off the planet like caca off the end of a dirty stick stuck in a pile of tooey!

      This is so fun to watch. Thank you war criminal bibi for all you are doing. Thank you all you dirty ex-communist russian immigrants/invaders who make up the majority of dirty evil zionists in racist apartheid israel.

      It never occurs to us dumb americans we are supporting the very people who used to run the U.S.S. R. – Now these insane idiots are digging their own graves by wanting to rule the world from tel-aviv.

      I can't wait.

      After its all over and the U.S. of A. no longer exists, any surviving zionists will be hunted down and given what they most assuredly deserve.

      Now, go on bad ass wanna be rulers of the world – you khazars are fake jews and you deserve all you will be getting.

      As for all the dual israeli citizens in the u.s. – payback is a bitch! Obama bin laden, Biden, Congress, HIllary, CIA – you're all going to get yours, too!

      March 9, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
      • Voice of Reason

        Read up on the SIx Day War. We had to convince Israel to give all the Arab land back after fighting off the entire middle east. Israel will be standing in the end.

        March 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • anti_zionist

        WITH AMERICAN WEAPONS YOU FUKKING NITWIT.

        read a book yourself you ignorant fukk

        March 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

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