Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Iran, Israel Spoiling for a Fight?

Analysis by Mel Frykberg

"RAMALLAH, Mar 10, 2010 (IPS) - Iran and Israel appear to be spoiling for a fight, going by recent belligerent statements emanating from several regional capitals.

Military movement on the ground is also lending credence to the idea that the mutual loathing and major ideological differences between the two countries could lead to a vortex of violence capable of sucking the entire region into a new war......

Haaretz journalist and analyst Aluf Benn believes that both Ahmedinejad and Netanyahu are playing a game of brinkmanship and pondered what will happen if diplomacy and sanctions against Iran do not work.

Will Israel carry through with an attack on Iran or will it be forced to back down and admit that the Iranian threat has been exaggerated? asked Benn. Benn further argues that both leaderships too were counting on only one of them surviving any future confrontation.

Diker [senior policy advisor from the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs] refused to be drawn into a debate on a possible preemptive Israeli strike on Iran. "However, many Arab officials who are also worried about Iran’s desire for regional hegemony have told me that the only way to deal with the Islamic theocracy is with militarily action," Diker told IPS."

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