General Sneh Predicts Israel Attack on Iran

Apr 16, 2010 No Comments by


16th April, 2010

We may have to cut President Obama some slack over his inactivity regarding the threat of a nuclear weapon in Iran.

My compassion comes from these stories.

Headline: “US: Iran could have Uranium for one Bomb in a Year.”
Ynet (14th April, 2010). They quote the head of the U.S. Defence Agency as their source.

On 15th April the BBC had a different source and a different date.
“Iran Needs Six Years for Bomb” they headlined. But then the BBC said: “The US military has warned that Iran could produce enough highly-enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb in one year.”
‘Behind the News in Israel’ ran a story by Ken Timmerman (Newsmax). He warned Israel may have to attack Tehran unless the Iranian nuclear threat is contained.

I am wary of such a claim. When I lived in Jerusalem last June, there was vibrant talk of an Israel attack by January, 2010. At that time Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was describing the threat in terms of 1939.

The inference was that the Obama plan to talk to Iranian leaders went along similar lines chosen by British Prime Minister Chamberlain her talked to Hitler with tragic results.
So talks predicting such an attack deserve very careful scrutiny and much wisdom.

Nevertheless I studied this one because Timmerman’s source was former Israel Defence Minister General Ephraim Sneh who believes Iran will have ‘a bomb or two’ by 2011.

Timmerman wrote: “Sneh believes that the “acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran during Obama’s term would do him a great deal of political damage,” but that the damage to Obama resulting from an Israeli strike on Iran “would be devastating.”

“Nevertheless, he writes, “for practical reasons, in the absence of genuine sanctions, Israel will not be able to wait until the end of next winter, which means it would have to act around the congressional elections in November, thereby sealing Obama’s fate as president.”

“An Israeli military campaign against Iran’s nuclear installations is likely to cripple that country’s nuclear project for a number of years. The retaliation against Israel would be painful, but bearable,” Sneh is quoted as saying.

In a press statement last October Sneh used this chilling phrase, “If Israel is left alone, we will act alone!”

The current Israel Defence Minister Ehud Barak (also a military General) said yesterday, the international community should not expect his nation to join the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ‘anytime soon.’

“Israel has never threatened to destroy other countries or nations, whereas Iran today, and in the past also Syria, Libya and Iraq have signed the treaty, have broken it systematically with explicit threats on Israel’s existence,” he said.

Jane’s Intelligence issued a story last week saying Israel has a nuclear arsenal of between 100 to 300 weapons.

When drawn on that issue President Obama said, “As far as Israel goes, I’m not going to comment on their programme. What I’m going to point to is the fact that consistently we have urged all countries to become members of the NPT.”

Israel looks at the NPT signatures as not worth the paper their written on, as rogue signatories pose for the photo-ops and then proceed without discipline or accountability building arsenals and making threats.

Even this week US and Israel sources say they know Syria is supplying Scud missiles to Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy located in Lebanon. A cache of weapons belonging to Hamas was discovered.
Israel is surrounded by agents with a burning desire to wipe them out. Even so, to attack Teheran is a huge decision. It cannot be taken without a serious consideration to the aftermath.

Nevertheless, no Israel government can be expected to wait for a 9/11 and then respond after a million or more have been killed. They have clear warning of the Iranian intentions and their intelligence resources are up-to-date with their progress.

I worked with General Sneh. I attended his press conferences. He is not a shallow, sensationalist. He is ‘a serious guy.’

“For 30 years, he’s been saying that solving the Palestinian problem is Israel’s biggest priority. Now he’s saying forget about the Palestinians. Iran is the problem,’ said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Sneh, in his assessment says Israel and US relations should be fixed. He called for immediate changes to that situation, before it gets out of hand.

America will go to the polls in November for their mid-term elections. Israel may yet be a major influence in the outcome.

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About the author

Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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