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October 25, 2013 2:37 pm

Yadlin: Israel Doesn’t Need America on D-Day

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Israel' intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin.

Israel' intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin.

Major General (res.) Amos Yaldin asserted Israel’s political and military independence from the U.S. by saying it could strike Iran on its own, a position he was against three years ago.

In an interview with The New Republic published on Friday, Yadlin, Israel’s former military intelligence chief, said, “Israel doesn’t need America on D-Day. It can do it alone.”

The comment came as part of a four-part answer to the question of what Israel needs to consider before taking a unilateral decision to attack Iran to prevent it from reaching nuclear capability.

Yadlin began by saying that although he was a voice against a strike in 2010, he supported previous Israeli governments facing “very tough alternatives—the ‘bomb’ or the ‘bombing’—I’m with prime minister, for ‘the bombing.””

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The first rhetorical question posed by Yadlin in the interview is, “can you live with the bomb?” and his answer is no. The second question is, can Israel’s military destroy enough of Iran’s nuclear capabilities to truly delay the program, which he doesn’t answer in the interview.

His third question is, are all other options off the table? to which he responded, “As long as there is a realistic chance to achieve the ‘no-bomb’ by negotiations, by agreements, Israel doesn’t have legitimacy to do it. I think this is now the main obstacle because Rouhani has given some backwind to the idea that maybe the Iranians will reach an acceptable agreement.”

The fourth question he said, is “do you have sufficient understanding with the United States that this is a legitimate and necessary self-defense measure?” Yaldin answered with surprising candidacy.

“America and Israel are allies. As I explained to you once, Israel doesn’t need America on D-Day. It can do it alone. It even can cope with the day after, but it does need the United States for the decade after,” he told The New Republic.

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  • Wallace Edward Brand

    Palestine, between the River and the Sea, is now the sovereign state of the Jewish People and has been since 1950 after Britain abdicated its responsibilities as trustee of the political rights for Palestine of which the Jewish People had been recognized as beneficial owners in 1922. By 1950 the Jewish People were in the majority in the area they governed and were capable of exercising sovereignty, the two standards they had to meet before the political rights would vest. By 1967 they had driven out the illegally occupying Jordanians and Egyptians See: Brand, Roots of Israel’s Sovereignty and Boundaries in International Law http://www.think-israel.org/brand.allegedoccupation.html

    A sovereign, above all, must protect its territorial integrity.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    The truth of the matter the Iranian problem should be the whole world problem not only Israel problem. What the world wants is to Israel to strike and then accuse Israel for doing so even if it serves the world problem.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Pres, Obama has shown and declared himself over and over to be a supporter of Israel and of its right to live in defensible borders, security and peace. One doesn’t have to agree with every aspect of the administration’s middle east policy-I do not-but it is simply defamatory and untruthful to assert that the president is anti-Israel or worse, anti-semitic. A president who stands before the Egyptian Parliament and tells them to their stone-cold faces “Our alliance with Israel is unshakable” is no enemy of Israel.

    • M.J.

      And you believe him? He also said that he’s a Christian, But he supports the very groups in Egypt and Syria who are killing them. Wake up!

  • ISREAL DOES NOT NEED ANY ONE TO DO ANYTHING!!! SINCE WHEN DID HASHEM NEED ANYONE TO DO ANY THING . SOME TIMES PEOPLE AMAZE ME . THE GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE WORLD AND THEIR OWN LIVES THAT THEY FORGET WHO IS REALLY IN CONTROL WAKE UP WORLD. SO MR. YADLIN WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SEND ME AN INVITATION TO THE DANCE??? NOT THAT YOU NEED TO BUT … IT WOULD BE NICE…………..

  • Amy

    Then why was Israel so persistent with Obama to attack Iran?????

    • EG

      Israel is not “persistent” in telling Obama to attack Iran. Israel has expressed concern to Obama about the nuclear situation, which could ultimately affect America as well.

      You needn’t worry; Obama is a fraud and Israel will do what it needs to do to protect itself; with or without America’s approval. Knowing the Obama Administration’s true sentiments, they’ll probably encourage the world to condemn it.

      And many of us will care less, because Islam is a culture of hate and those who support it will be dealt with accordingly.

  • Jeff Blankfort

    If Israel does it alone, it should face the prospect that it might not be around a decade later.

  • Initiating a war without the support of the US, EU or the UN, preferably all three would be recklessness rarely seen in the history of conflict. Such an action would unite the ME Muslim world in a pact based on one and only one objective. The unravelling process would result, like the Crusader States, in the disappearance of Israel and imitating the origins of WW l, a series of wars eventually involving the big powers. None of the preceding to Israel’s Jewish population’s advantage. This is only stating the obvious.

    The questions to ask are, Why has Yadlin reversed his former position? His statements are part of what partisan dialogue? Who, besides himself is he speaking for? The inevitable answer is Yadlin is grandstanding, chest thumping a bellicose character in political theatre where the stakes are stacked against a victorious Israel. This is desperate irresponsibility lacking rationale, strategy and foresight.

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