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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-03-08

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March 8 • 2012

arly on Monday evening,
Israeli TV Channel 2's
credible correspondent Udi
Segal reported he had been briefed
by a senior American intelligence
official to the effect that Israel has
already made up its mind to attack
Iran — unless there is a significant
change in the Iranian nuclear drive
in the coming weeks and months.
Sources
in Prime
Minister
Benjamin
Netanyahu's
circle swiftly
rubbished
the notion,
describing
the story,
with its
doomsday
predictions
of regional
and even world war, as a "scare
tactic" — part of an effort by some
in the American hierarchy to tie
Israel's hands.
Listening to Netanyahu speaking
to AIPAC later on Monday night,
however, one could easily imagine
that here was a leader whose mind
was indeed made up, or very close
to it, about the imminent imperative
to act decisively to thwart Iran. The
Channel 2 story, in the context of the
prime minister's strident remarks,
did not sound risible at all.
No one, Netanyahu told the vast
audience, could afford to wait much
longer. Sanctions were not working.
And a nuclear Iran was an intoler-
able danger.
Netanyahu invoked the Holocaust
— at some length. He recalled how
the Allies had failed to attack the
railway lines to Auschwitz at the
height of World War II's Nazi geno-
cide and how the Jewish people had
been powerless. But 2012 was not
1944, he said. The difference was
that, today, there is a State of Israel.
"And the purpose of the Jewish
state is to defend Jewish lives and to
secure the Jewish future."
"Never again:' he said, using
those most potent of words —
never again would the Jewish
people be powerless. His voice,

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