Israeli Writer: Israel Can't Gamble with a War on Iran
August 9, 2012 • 2:02PM

A column in the Israel Ha'aretz paper, which has virtually dedicated itself to stopping an Israeli strike on Iran in recent weeks, has exposed "The secret behind an Iran war Order," in stark outline. Author Sefi Rachievsky, who has written incisive attacks on Israeli fascists — such as those who killed Yitzhak Rabin — says that the real rationale behind the push for an attack, is a gamble, a gamble on bringing the U.S. in behind Israel when Israel has failed to destroy Iran's nuclear program with its strike, and is suffering "a large number of casualties and extensive damage."

"Natanyahu is gambling" that Obama will then have to intervene, in order to win the election. If he doesn't, then Romney would win and finish the job.

Israel can't destroy Iran's nuclear program, he says; it would have to bring in the U.S. Thus Netanyahu's gamble.

Rachievsky concludes that this is totally immoral, and any order to the Israeli military to make an attack must be disobeyed. "No leadership in Israel has the right to send the Israel Defense Forces to war and to endanger tens of thousands of citizens and soldiers when it does not have the power to win the war with its own forces," he says. Moreover, "Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the senior officers do not have the 'possibility' of not carrying out this blackest of orders — they have the duty not to carry it out."

Indeed. For not just Israel is at stake, but the potential of nuclear confrontation as well.