Israeli Military & Intelligence Institutions Push To Stop Netanyahu's Thermonuclear War Trigger in Iran
August 7, 2012 • 12:00AM

In almost non-stop articles and interviews since August 3, top figures in the Israeli security establishment have taken to radio and print media to warn that Bibi Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are intent on an Israeli attack on Iran and to oppose this insanity.

Ha'aretz journalist Amos Harel puts the word out: These people are not just talking—they are the people who know, and they know that Bibi intends to attack Iran, and they are trying to stop him. Gideon Levy of Ha'aretz also warns, "Israel will attack Iran within a few weeks, according to Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze'evi Farkash.... We can assume that Farkash, one of the most responsible and restrained of speakers knows what he's talking about."

"In the past 72 hours, three former top guns of israeli intelligence have discussed, with unnerving candor a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities," Harel wrote on Aug. 5. "Do they know something that remains opaque to the public? Former IDF intelligence officers continue to have access to security system briefings, even though they are not brought into the actual planning process of a secret military operation. No less importantly, they know how to analyze disclosed, public data — and developments — and developments of the past weeks teach them that the likelihood of an Israeli decision in favor of an attack is now higher than it has been previously."

Most active in opposing the war in the last few days have been Farkash, the former head IDF intelligence, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who succeeded Farkash as IDF intelligence chief, and Ephraim Levy, former head of the Mossad. Other top Israeli national security officials who continue to try to block Netanyahu's madness include former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, former Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazy, former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, and former Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz who heads the opposition (actually majority party by one seat) Kadima Party.

Other active opposition to the attack on Iran includes the Meretz Party in the Knesset, which has 3 seats: Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On called for Israeli law to be changed before Israel attacks Iran to require Knesset approval to go to war. Akiva Eldar, one of Ha'aretz's top security analysts, invokes the Basic Law (Israel has no Constitution) to show that already Bibi's inner cabinet of 8 people DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to go to war; not even the full 25 member cabinet has the authority to go to war. Quoting the Basic Law, Eldar writes, "'the state will not go to war except by a government decision.' The law goes even further. It requires the government to convey 'as soon as possible' an announcement of its decision to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and also to the whole Knesset." Ha'aretz has another 3 articles on August 6 attacking Netanyahu's war. Gideon Levy attacks the government for putting out the assessment that "only" 200 to 300 Israelis will die in Iranian retaliation. "Only," he says, maybe they can have a "death lottery" to determine who the dead will be. But, "no one can deny" another possibility: "the hundreds could become thousands with thousands more wounded."