Why does Israel want a war with Iran? Because Iran threatens Israel's hegemony, *financial* hegemony. And everything else flows from that. This article from November 2007 by Ellen Brown explains:
Aaaand so forth. It's about the money.
Usury is the practice of exalting money values over human and environmental values; of creating money at no cost and lending at rates of interest intended not to foster and maintain humanity or the ecosystem, but to
a) accumulate reserves of unearned income;
b) extract wealth from the productive sector in a manner that is parasitic;
c) extract wealth from those who lack wealth (the asset-less); and
d) make a claim on the future.
It is this debt scheme, with its lethal weapon of interest compounded annually, that has allowed a small clique of financiers to dominate the business of the world. In Tragedy and Hope, Professor Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton's mentor at Georgetown University, wrote from personal knowledge of this group, which he called “the international bankers.” He said their aim was “nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole,” a system “to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements.”99 The key to the bankers' success was that they would control and manipulate the money systems of the world while letting them appear to be controlled by governments.
Iran was among the few nations to have escaped this global privatization scheme. Iran had its own oil. It managed to avoid the trap of letting its currency be devalued by speculators by imposing foreign exchange restrictions and price controls on its national currency (the rial), something it could afford to do because it had adequate foreign exchange reserves from its oil sales.12 Iran's state-owned oil industry has allowed its economy to perform well, despite economic sanctions and rumors to the contrary.13 A “reformist” movement toward increased privatization ended in 2005, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected to the presidency. Ahmadinejad is a “populist” who has promised to redistribute Iranian oil wealth more expansively and has committed the government to funding public-sector projects and charitable investments.14
Islamic scholars have been seeking to devise a global banking system that would serve as an alternative to the usury-based scheme now in control internationally, and Iran has led the way in devising that model. Iran is characterized as a democratic Islamic republic, which enforces Islamic principles not only morally but legally and politically. The 1979 revolution overthrowing the American-backed Shah of Iran ended 2,500 years of monarchical rule. All domestic Iranian banks were then nationalized, and the government called for the establishment of an Islamic banking system that would replace interest payments with profit-sharing. Its state-owned central bank issues the national currency, with the “seigniorage” (the difference between the cost of producing money and its face value) accruing to the government rather than to private banks.15 The Iranian government is among the few to have very little foreign debt. It uses its state-owned banks to make loans and credits available to industrial and agricultural projects. The most unique feature of the banking system, however, is that it follows the Islamic proscription against usury. That means loans are made interest-free.16
Now naturally, it's rude to notice that, so it has to be about something else, and that's where Iran's nuclear-weapons program comes in so very handy. Except something has gone wrong there:
Iran is unlikely to be able to produce enough highly enriched uranium (HEU) for a nuclear weapon until at least 2013, according to a United States government intelligence estimate made public last Thursday.This is an excellent article which goes on to describe the political pressure and manipulation exerted by Israel and her flunkies in the US, people like the notorious nutjob warmonger John Bolton, who makes breathless statements like this on Fox News:
...Many Iran analysts have called for the US to do nothing for the time being while the political situation within Iran develops - holding off on its planned engagement with Tehran while at the same time avoiding confrontational measures such as the imposition of additional sanctions.
But hawks in the US and Israel have argued that there is no time to spare in dealing with the Iranian nuclear program, and that the US should quickly move to sanctions targeting Iran's refined petroleum imports if engagement does not bear fruit by the end of September.
There has also been a great deal of speculation about whether Israel would undertake a unilateral military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities if it is not satisfied with the progress of negotiations - Israeli leaders have refused to rule out the possibility.
The INR estimate, which comes on the heels of other estimates suggesting that Iran is years away from a nuclear capability, may serve to defuse the crisis atmosphere that has come to characterize discussion of the issue in Washington and Jerusalem, and bolster those calling for patience in dealing with Tehran.
Blair's testimony to the senate, in which the estimate appeared, was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), and published by Aftergood on the FAS website on Thursday.
Last Tuesday, former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton appeared on Fox News, citing the Times report in suggesting that "pressure [is] building" on Israel to strike Iranian nuclear facilities.So you see, even though you have to go to the Asia Times rather than the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal to find out this very important news, as this is not moving toward the option that Israel wants to move toward which is to bomb the shit out of Iran and therefore they don't want the American public aware of it, you can see that this development poses a Big Problem for Israel. Because *some* people, nonetheless, will find out.
Bolton warned that "we are so close to Iran actually getting a weapon that these fine calibrations that we have got six months, or eight months, or 10 months, all you have to do is be wrong by one day" for the US and Israeli strategic calculus to change dramatically.
That's going to push things toward a false flag. The victim card will need to be played, and of course the harvest ripens by the day what with all the "anti-semitism" whipped up by the FBI sting in New Jersey and the general increasing awareness among the goyim of How The World Really Works.
In Lebanon, it's reported that the Russians helped Hezbollah smash Israeli spy rings, another ominous development.
And on top of that Hezbollah's Executive Council Chief Hashem Safiyyeddine makes the most outrageous statements you can possibly imagine about Israel.
The sources told DEBKAfile last week that the FSB and Hizbullah have “amassed quantities of undisclosed data” on Israel’s clandestine operations in Lebanon and “are holding it in reserve in order to leak spectacular discoveries as and when it suits their purpose.”
“This disclosure, if borne out, would indicate that the Russian agency, which specializes in counterespionage, is engaged for the first time in anti-Israel activity in the service of an Arab terrorist organization,” DEBKAfile said.
An Israeli security source described this turn of events extremely grave, Debkafile reported. It also cast an ominous slant on Moscow’s deepening strategic involvement in Syria.
"If Barak's threats were serious, though I don't think they were, he should be aware that if he commits an error or stupid act against Lebanon... he will discover that the months of July and August 2006 were just a bit of fun."......"Based on the fact that we are strong today and we have been living on the formula and the victory of the 2006 war, we believe that all of the Israeli threats are hollow and meaningless," Safiyyeddine said.That would be the false flag. That's the only move Israel has left, and everybody knows it. So you take that knowledge and look at what they report in Haaretz, for instance. The IOF acts provocatively moving toward Shaba Farms, a sensitive area between Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Bibi denies any tension but pre-emptively blames anything that might possibly go wrong on Lebanon and Hezbollah. The Israeli foreign minister starts squawking about any Israeli anywhere at any time who has even one hair on his or her head disturbed will trigger war, and by the way that will be Lebanon's fault because they have the nerve to set up defenses against Israel, and the Israelis just *know* that Hezbollah is ready to avenge the death of Imad Mughniyeh which happened 18 months ago and Israel denies that they had anything to do with it but still, they're just SURE that Hezbollah will take revenge for that any minute now, especially since they're embarassed over the munitions explosion that they *also* blame on Israel but Israel had nothing to do with that either. You know, somebody is going to get hurt.
Safiyyeddine added that all Israeli schemes against the resistance and all the United States' political projects to curb the resistance and take vengeance on it have failed, adding that there is no need to be worried. Moreover, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri ruled out any possible attack by the Jewish State on Lebanon this year, saying Israeli threats are part of media and psychological warfare against the country. Berri told As-Safir newspaper on Monday that he believed Israel would not launch war on Lebanon in 2009, unless an uncalculated dramatic event takes place.
According to Defense Ministry warnings, tourists and Israeli representatives abroad are thought to be likely targets. A bomb attack on Israel's embassy in Baku was foiled by Azerbaijani security forces in 2008.Look at all those juicy, innocent Israeli targets, just waiting for "Hezbollah" to strike a hair on their head while they vacation in the Sinai, or in Western Europe, or North America, or the Far East, or Turkey or France or Germany or Italy. Something could happen anywhere and you'll see, no matter what the confusion it will be just like 9/11 and the narrative will start immediately about who is to blame, and the second you hear "The News" you should know that it's all a Damn Lie designed to start another war for Israel.
Other comments by Israeli officials, including a senior commander in the Israel Defense Forces' Northern Command, who told The Times of London last week that the northern border "could explode at any minute," appear to indicate that Israel was preparing for a scenario in which a Hezbollah attack against an Israeli target abroad provokes a forceful Israeli reaction and, possibly, a new war.
Defense sources said, however, they believed the Hezbollah would try and calibrate an attack that, while effective, will not be able to serve as a casus belli. They noted the organization has not yet recovered from damages suffered in the war in 2006.
...Despite the warnings, some 330,000 Israelis departed the country for holidays abroad in the first week of August, while hundreds of thousands more are expected to leave during the holiday season of September-October. Most Israeli tourists will be traveling to Western Europe, North America and the Far East. The most popular destinations are Turkey, France, Germany and Italy.
Tourism industry sources also indicated a recovery of travel to Sinai. The first week of August saw 40,000 Israelis passing through the Taba crossing to the peninsula and onward to Egypt. Last year, 50,000 travelers passed through the crossing during the entire month.
...>Ofer Heilig, of Nofar travel agents, also reported increased interest in proper hotels in Sinai, which appear to be replacing the traditional beach huts. "We've learned from experience, all of us - Egyptians and Israelis. There's an extremely high level of security in the hotels today. You can't even come close to any of them in private vehicles," he said. "Also, Israelis booked at hotels are taken by special shuttles to their destinations, accompanied by security guards."
Update: Haaretz: Israel tells nationals: Leave Sinai immediately
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister's Office warned Israelis to exercise caution when traveling abroad during the Jewish holidays, due to the assessment that Hezbollah may try to attack Israeli citizens, and urged citizens in Sinai to leave immediately.
In issuing its report on Tuesday, which it does regularly before Rosh Hashanah and Passover every year, the bureau stated the bulletin "did not involve new warnings, but rather a current assessment." It cautioned Israelis to be vigilant regarding anything unusual, and to refrain from traveling to Muslim countries subject to specific travel warnings. These countries include Jordan, Morocco and Egypt (including Sinai). Particularly high-level warnings have been issued regarding Sinai. An estimated 40,000 Israelis are currently there, most of them Israeli Arabs on vacation before Ramadan begins on August 20.
Other countries subject to travel warnings include Colombia, especially in light of specific information about the potential for attacks on Israelis providing security assistance to the Colombian government. High-level threats also have been issued for the Kashmir region, Mindanao in the Philippines, and parts of southern Thailand.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau also recommends deferring unessential travel to Kenya (especially coastal areas), Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tajikistan.
Despite the warnings, Israeli tour operators are organizing trips to Jordan, Morocco and Kenya, as well as other countries where the threat is deemed high. Arkia Airlines is offering a safari package to Kenya and Uganda. Organized groups and individual Israelis visit Morocco regularly.
Israelis abroad are advised to refuse offers from unknown or suspicious individuals, and to refuse unanticipated invitations to isolated locations. They should meet with foreigners only in the company of other trusted individuals, and not allow unknown or suspicious individuals to enter their hotel rooms. Those abroad for extended periods are advised to vary their routines and change hotels.
The warning about an attack by Hezbollah, supposedly as revenge for the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus, comes despite the fact that Israel never has admitted to being behind the killing. Israeli businesspeople, particularly those with contacts in Arab or Muslim countries, are believed to be at greater risk.
Details regarding advisories, including information about travel warnings for specific countries, are available at the Counter-Terrorism Bureau's Web site, www.nsc.gov.il (in Hebrew).