Israel, Iran Try To Scare Each Other

by Dan Raviv
Many Israelis frequently say that their behavior — and even their declarations — are better than those of their violent, hostile neighbors in the Middle East.  That’s a way of trying to stand together with the democratic countries of the West.  But, in a region full of hostility, Marquis of Queensbury rules rarely endure.
benny gantz, israel spy, covert operations, Iran nuclear, Israel-U.S.

Our book reports a long history of covert Israeli action which crosses many lines of international law and gentlemanly behavior.

Then, early Thursday morning, a tweet from @GPOIsrael — that is, Israel’s Government Press Office — called our attention to this less savory history.

That turns out to be a few ripe quotations of the military chief of staff — Israel’s top general, Benny Gantz [see photo] — threatening Iran. In the parlance of the Middle East, if one side bellows that it has every intention of striking you, the least you can do is bellow back.

There was no hint as to whether Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, either before or after the ultra-sensitive date of November 6 — America’s Election Day. As published by the news site Ynet:

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz on Wednesday conveyed a warning to Iran saying that “whoever will try to harm us will face our devastating might.”

Addressing recent statements by Iranian leaders in the backdrop of reports of a possible Israeli strike in Iran, Gantz said, “We are hearing explicit threats over Israel’s security and wellbeing of its people – threats that demonstrate an underestimation of our capabilities.”

He further added, “Anyone who thinks they can get rid of Israel and hurt our nation will discover the IDF’s devastating force. We stand steadfast along our borders in the face of threats. The IDF has the world’s best soldiers and commanders.”

August 20, 2012

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