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Is Netanyahu Preparing To Bomb Iran?

Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “the weakest leader Israel has ever had,” about to make the historic decision to bomb Iran?
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. The red line he drew represents a point where he believes, the international community should tell Iran that they will not be allowed to pass without intervention. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR38I7P

It started with intermittent, meaningless and senseless babble. Then it picked up, turning into furtive whispering and then a buzz. Now it has resurfaced and in full volume: Iran. Once again, it’s Iran. By the end of the summer or early fall, or by the end of fall, or something to that effect, Israel will strike Iran, on its own, independently.

Having already buried the military option for Iran and having believed that the election of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would give everyone another year of quiet, we see it coming up again. Just when we thought that the Americans would not let Israel strike before exhausting the talks with Rouhani’s administration and figuring out this man, just as we thought that we had gotten rid of this saber-rattling that recurs every spring like migrating birds flying home, it’s happening all over again.

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