Netanyahu Sought to Provoke Iran War, Drag in US, in 2010

In 2010, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aimed to provoke Iran into a war with Israel that would eventually drag in the United States. Yossi Melman at Al-Monitor:

The truth is that Netanyahu and Barak did not order the military to plan a direct, all-out attack on Iran. Their true intention was to trigger a chain of events which would create tension and provoke Iran, and eventually could have led to a war that might drag in the United States.

Laura Rosen acknowledges recent reporting that “Netanyahu was not planning to launch an all-out attack on Iran in 2010,” but rather to provoke Iran into striking first.

Think about the context of this. Netanyahu and Barak so desperately craved war that they sought to harass and threaten Iran in order to appear a credible and imminent enough threat that Iran would strike preemptively, despite being a much weaker power. And the US – Israel’s one major ally, their primary source of economic and military aid, the only reason the international community hasn’t forced them to stop committing crimes against the Palestinians – was to get dragged into this long and discretionary war.

American taxpayers are giving up $3 billion dollars a year, plus a poisoned political system where submissive deference to Israel is all but mandatory, to a country that literally planned to get thousands of our soldiers killed, hundreds of billions of our dollars wasted, and to destabilize the entire Middle East.

Melman continues:

One such scary scenario was the possibility that Iranian intelligence could have noticed the Israeli military preparations and decided to stage a pre-emptive strike against Israel or US targets in the region. Israel, in such a situation, would have claimed that it was a victim of Iranian aggression and retaliated. America, too, could have found itself caught up in an unpredictable circle of violence.

Sources who were privy to the secret deliberations told me that Ashkenazi and Dagan eventually managed to convince the security cabinet and then the full cabinet, which are the only authorized bodies to decide on war and other vital issues, that Netanyahu and Barak were playing with fire and may not only ignite a regional war in the Middle East, but also ruin decades of close, intimate strategic cooperation with the US.

Imagine the outrage, the indignation, if it were publicly revealed that the leadership in any other country in the world did this to the United States. Can you even imagine any plausible scenario where aid and support would continue?

By the way, we’ve seen this kind of thinking before right here in the United States. In September, Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy caught a lot of attention when he suggested the United States should provoke Iran into starting a war. These examples should illustrate just how (un)necessary a war with Iran is, given that Iran seemingly refuses to be the one to start it.

83 thoughts on “Netanyahu Sought to Provoke Iran War, Drag in US, in 2010”

  1. The problem for bibi is this election shows unlimited money cannot buy an election. The small percentage groups even with money cannot gain power as in the past. The Spanish speaking group has gained enough influence to determine who wins elections. It is very good that war mongers like bibi will be less and less an influence. We should fight no more wars for others. Our future is not overseas.

  2. America should indeed respond militarily but not against Iran since Iran is not the aggressor here.

    1. That's right, RickR30. Iran has not attacked its neighbors in over five centuries, and wouldn't start any wars now. Israel has started many since its inception in 1948. Israel's only 64 years old; Iran is near 7,000 years old.

      Israel's leadership – namely, Bibi and Barak – is jealous of Iran's rich 7,000-year-old culture, and crave to destroy it. The US must at least cut off all ties with this savage entity, and let it know that any aggression it may commit against either Iran or Syria will result in a US response to it.

  3. The flaw in this argument is that in August 2010 Obama authorised the supply of the massive amounts of military fuel Israel would have needed for its war against Iran – provoked or otherwise – and, therefore, the US was complicit in Israel's plans for war. There was no plans to 'drag the US into war'; the US were already part of the plan for war – and still are.

    Israeli 'unilateral' action against Iran is a myth.

  4. The zionist and america think the Iranians are jackasses and think like them. They will not take the bait and pee on it to give it blessings.

  5. I don't get this story about some specific plan or plot in 2010 and using the past tense. These Khazarian skanks have been trying to provoke Iran non-stop for at least a decade and will continue to until either Iran finally takes the bait or the Israel/US entity successfully manufactures a casus belli (which the entity has also been doing non-stop–fake nukes, Iranian weapons in Iraq, crazy assassination plots in the "Homeland" etc).

  6. All these schemes hatched by Israel to start wars against weaker neighbors (and involve Washington) qualifies the Zionist entity as the world's most dangerous rogue state. Israel is a cancer on humanity.

  7. Israel is a criminal, racist Zionist entity. Why the U.S. Government panders to them is something that future historians will be scratching their heads over. . . .

  8. Money is only one tool in Bibi's box. There are also hammers and pliers like threats, bribery and blackmail.We have not seen the last of these pests.

  9. “submissive deference to Israel”.

    What a perfect description of the attitude of American 5th columnist “Christian” evangelicals. Not only are they heretics they are a plague upon this nation.

  10. Like termites they are constantly relentlessly working away trying to get this war with Iran going. We hear about it every now and then Patrick Clawson is probably one of many . It seems like all we can do is simply observe them continuously try and cheer when they fail. It seems too passive, we are relying on them being to inept, is there no way to remove these people from positions of power.

    1. Great analogy to termites. They are constantly eating away in spaces unseen until the entire structure will be rotted from the inside out.

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