The U.S. active and retired military, led by Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, along with active and retired Israeli military and intelligence and others among the traditional leadership there, are in all-out mobilization to stop British stooge Bibi Netanyahu and his mixed-up Defense Minister Ehud Barak from launching an Israeli attack on Iran over the coming twelve weeks, precipitating a thermonuclear war which could lead to the extinction of the human race.
While the more-public side of this is being widely-publicized, especially by those who want to prevent a war, the unpublicized private side involves constant, long international telephone calls and secret visits, especially by active and retired military in both countries.
In Salon magazine, pro-peace Israeli blogger Richard Silverstein translates into English Ma’ariv newspaper’s Hebrew coverage of what Leon Panetta said in his private meetings with Netanyahu and Barak earlier this week; it was barely printable; he accused them of being “piggish.” Ma’ariv didn’t say what Bibi and Barak said privately to Panetta, but Bibi came out of the meeting saying, “I told him that Israel will defend itself in any way it chooses.”
Panetta has made two recent trips to Israel on behalf of the Dempsey anti-war drive, although he waffles back and forth under pressure on war-related issues.
The New York Times ran an article today on the immediate danger of war; it quoted ex-Mossad head Ephraim Halevy, a leader against the war drive, saying, “If I were Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks.” Amos Harel, pro-peace defense correspondent for Ha’aretz, said, “Everybody’s leaking like crazy right now — that doesn’t mean there will be a strike, but it means we’re closer to a decision.” He estimated the chance of an attack before November at 50 percent. “It’s probably a more crucial junction than it was ever before.”
A regular EIR intelligence source estimated it at 40 percent.