Saturday, October 30, 2010
Israeli media has stopped debating Iran's nuclear bomb and Turkey's turn against the West. This is rather strange, when only a few weeks ago we were in imminent danger of being incinerated by a nuclear tipped Iranian long range missile. Some people were talking about the end of the Zionist enterprise. Today, the country is flooded with tourists and the stock exchange is higher than ever. What happened?
Apparently Obama is taking seriously the Iranian military effort in Natanz and enforcing a serious embargo. There are also indications that the uranium enrichment project is not advancing and few of the 30,000 Iranian built centrifuges are working. After all Iran has no industrial experience and even technologies developed seventy years ago - like gas centrifuges - are still a challenge for it. They will solve it, but not tomorrow.
Turkey has freezed its military cooperation with Israel and changed sides, allying itself with Iran and Syria. On Nov. 19 it will have to decide if accepts the installation of NATO's radar stations in its territory. The early alert system is part of the missile shield NATO is building to protect Europe. The Turkish link is obviously to protect Europe from an attack from Iran. But Erdogan has declared that Iran is a friend and not a potential enemy.
I conclude that Dan Meridor's position that Iran is not only a menace to Israel but the entire world, and therefore fighting Iran is not an Israeli problem, is slowly sinking in. The best we can say now is nothing.