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Preparations for a Hit against Iran: Stopping Israel’s Next War

Posted by alanmirs on March 21, 2010

Preparations for a Hit against Iran:
Stopping Israel’s Next War


by Muriel

new war in the region is inevitable.” This is the pronouncement made by
Mohammad Seyyed Selim, political scientist and professor at the
universities of Cairo and Kuweit. Prof. Selim delivered his forecast on
February 13, in a program on Nile TV’s “Cairo Watch,” in which I also
participated. The moderator, Mohamed Abdel-Rahim, started off by asking
what crisis situations in the region were most acute; Iran and the
Arab-Israeli conflict were the obvious answers.

war is on the agenda, Selim noted, is beyond doubt. Israeli political
and military leaders have been broadcasting such bellicose intentions
loudly enough for the deaf to hear. Yossi Peled said he thought
conflict with Hezbollah was inevitable. Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman warned the Syrian government that if it were to intervene in
an Israeli-Lebanese conflict, it would disintegrate. As if that were
not sufficient, the Israeli Mossad had staged a Hollywood-style
extravaganza to murder Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on
January 20. Four days later, Netanyahu declared that Israel would
maintain control over parts of the West Bank for all eternity. He
followed up with the announcement that Israel would designate three
sites on the West Bank as part of Israel’s national heritage. These
were all deliberately crafted provocations, aimed solely at eliciting a
violent response from the other side: perhaps that Hezbollah would
kidnap an Israeli soldier, or that Hamas would lob a few rockets across
the border to Israel. Fortunately, to date, their response has been



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