But is there really new critical information on Iran's nuclear program?
No, I don't think so. Because if such things actually existed you would know about them. We would all know about them. Facts like that would be so very useful right now to Israel's agenda that they would be plastered high and low. Instead what we get, all of a sudden, conveniently in line with the September timetable for upping the pressure on Iran, are new allegations and concerns.
Unproven allegations and concerns, no matter how good they sound to some people's ears, do not justify striking Iran, murdering innocent Iranian civilians, and triggering WW III. Really. I have moral clarity about this.
Russia’s Kommersant business daily has shared insider information from an unnamed source in the Kremlin that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow incognito to talk on Russia’s arms contracts with Iran and Syria.UPDATE: Ex-Mossad chief *insists* on bombing Iran. See, they're fitting the facts around the policy, that's all. We have seen this all before. It was totally evil then, and it's totally evil now.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s former advisor, Benny Briskin, told Kommersant that “If all major Israeli newspapers say that the visit took place, then it really did, and the high-ranking source is a person from the PM’s inner circle.”
Benny Briskin believes that such a backdoor trip by Israel’s top official is plausible only in case of a real emergency or special circumstances – like intentions to strike preemptively on Iran for one.
Kommersant’s unnamed source in Israel speculated that “this visit is exclusively connected with some sort of new critical information on Iran’s nuclear program. Probably, Israel is getting ready for decisive action against Iran and Netanyahu decided to inform Russia about it.”
Israeli journalists “lost” the country’s PM last Monday. Accompanied by his military secretary Major General Meir Khalifi, Benjamin Netanyahu disappeared in the morning and re-appeared only 14 hours later, leaving local media at a complete loss.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar news agency took hold of a version that Netanyahu visited an unnamed neighboring Arab country that Israel does not have diplomatic relations with, to discuss normalizing the overall situation in the Middle East.
At first, Israeli officials stated that the PM was visiting Mossad headquarters, but later on, several media sources referred to a high-ranking official of the Israeli government who claimed that Netanyahu really did visit Moscow. The source, though, refused to tell whom exactly Israeli PM met in Russia.
Israeli media was quick to expose that the Israeli PM was on a secret mission to Moscow to talk about Russia’s arms contracts with Iran and Syria or, more specifically, the possible delivery of air defense S-300 missile infrastructure to Iran.
The recent saga of the Arctic Sea bulk carrier, a vessel with a Russian crew, hijacked in the Baltic Sea, has sparked a conspiracy theory about Russia covertly delivering S-300 missile infrastructure to Iran.
The story about a ship with Russian missiles that went through the “NATO lakes” around Europe agitated lots of minds in Europe, though the fact that Russia practically has a common border with Iran by means of the inner Caspian Sea simply has not occurred to most of them.
Nevertheless, Israeli news agency Ynet even named the owner of the national Merhav Corporation, millionaire Yosef Maimon, as the person who allowed his private jet to be used by the prime minister for his secret trip to Moscow.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has no information about the Israeli prime minister visiting Russia, asserted the Ministry’s spokesman Andrey Nesterenko.
“Yes, we have seen this information in several sources. They have certain differences, but that is all I can tell you. We do not have any further information,” he said.
Who exactly met Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow remains unknown. Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, told Interfax news agency that he has no information about the alleged visit.
“Such a meeting was not scheduled in Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s timetable,” he said.
The Israeli embassy in Moscow told Kommersant daily they have no idea about the visit.
A former chief of Israeli intelligence, Mossad, insists on striking Iran's nuclear facilities as the only way of resolving western concerns over its nuclear program. [Western concerns???? You mean Israeli concerns.]
Speaking to the Army Radio Wednesday night, Danny Yatom, the former director of the notorious intelligence service, said Tel Aviv should attack Iranian nuclear facilities to prevent Iran from "acquiring nuclear weapons." [prevent from acquiring -- ie: Iran doesn't have them. check.]
"Yes, I have," the 64 year old answered when asked if he had come to the conclusion that a military strike would be the only way to deal with the Islamic Republic. [the "NO CHOICE" mantra, yet again]
Such radical comments, typical of Israeli officials, come amid repeated assertions by major nuclear powers that the Iranian nuclear issue must be resolved through diplomacy.
Israel, the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, accuses Tehran of making efforts to build a nuclear bomb and threatens Iran with a military strike should the country continue uranium enrichment. [yes, accused of "making efforts" ...pretty lame...does not justify murdering God knows how many innocent civilians...]
Yatom, who from 2003 to 2008 served as a member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, added that he does not believe that the United States would approve of such a move. "I do not see the world today, led by the United States, ready to take the risk of attacking Tehran's nuclear facilities," he said adding that "Israel can not sit back and watch Tehran become nuclear power." [and then the Americans can die fighting the war we start, AS USUAL]
As one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Tel Aviv has maintained the policy of neither admitting nor denying its possession of nuclear warheads. However, it is widely believed that Israel has some 200 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. The doctrine of nuclear ambiguity has enabled Israel to deter foes for decades in a region with only one alleged nuclear power. The Israeli nuclear program is also part of a deterrence military doctrine that assumes Tel Aviv must maintain an absolute military superiority in the region. In order to maintain its military advantage, Tel Aviv insists on preventing other Muslim countries, especially in the Middle East, from acquiring nuclear capabilities while remaining outside of the international nuclear non-proliferation system.
According to the same logic, it launched a “preemptive” air strike on the Iraqi breeder reactor in Osirak in June 1981, when the late dictator Saddam Hussein was in power. During the operation, known as "Operation Opera," a squadron of Israeli Air Force F-16A fighter aircrafts, with an escort of F-15As, bombed and heavily damaged the Osirak reactor. Israeli intelligence at the time believed that the summer of 1981 would be the last chance to destroy the reactor before it would be loaded with nuclear fuel.
In September 2007, Israel launched yet another attack against an alleged nuclear facility in Syria. The facility in the eastern Deir ez-Zor region was targeted by at least four fighters which crossed into Syrian airspace just after midnight (local time).