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Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran

Posted By admin On October 28, 2011 @ 2:17 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Abraham Rabinovich
Washington Times [1]
October 28, 2011

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange last week despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to “clear the deck” before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Amir Oren, the veteran military analyst for Ha’aretz newspaper, took note of Israel’s exchanging 1,027 Palestinian convicts for army Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who had been captured by Hamas in 2006. Mr. Oren wrote that the price paid by Mr. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak “can be interpreted only in a context that goes beyond that of the Gilad Schalit deal.”

He noted that Israeli leaders in the past have shown a readiness to absorb “a small loss” in order to attain a greater success, generally involving “some sort of military adventure.”

Mr. Oren also noted that, until recently, Mr. Netanyahu had faced opposition to attacking Iran from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and Mossad intelligence chief Meir Dagan. Both retired earlier this year and have been replaced by men believed to hold a different view on Iran.

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[1] Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/28/israeli-prisoner-swap-may-be-prelude-attack-iran/

[2] US-Israeli deal on Iran? No Israeli strike now if Obama pledged a spring attack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-israeli-deal-on-iran-no-israeli-strike-now-if-obama-pledged-a-spring-attack.html

[3] Israeli generals, intel officials oppose attack on Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-generals-intel-officials-oppose-attack-on-iran.html

[4] Netanyahu: Iran behind attack on Israeli officials in New Delhi: http://www.prisonplanet.com/netanyahu-iran-behind-attack-on-israeli-officials-in-new-delhi.html

[5] IDF Chief Goes Off Reservation: Israeli Home Front “Not Ready” for War, Iran Attack Will Have “Limited Effect”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/idf-chief-goes-off-reservation-israeli-home-front-%e2%80%9cnot-ready%e2%80%9d-for-war-iran-attack-will-have-%e2%80%9climited-effect%e2%80%9d.html

[6] Netanyahu is preparing Israeli public opinion for a war on Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/netanyahu-is-preparing-israeli-public-opinion-for-a-war-on-iran.html

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