“We have made it clear, in all possible forums, that Israel will not stand by and watch Iran develop weaponry that will put us, the entire Middle East and eventually the world, under an Iranian umbrella of terror,” stated Danny Danon, Israel’s deputy defense minister.
Anyone living on the surface of planet Earth who doesn't think Iran is seeking and will build a nuclear weapon is one of three things: in denial, ignorant or supports its efforts.
It is a fact that the American and EU sanctions against the radical Islamic country are working in so far as causing hardship among Iran’s common citizenry. However, its effect on the religious and civilian leadership of the country has had no effect whatsoever. It was hoped by President Obama and those other countries supporting the sanctions that it would give the leaders of Iran pause as they witnessed the suffering such sanctions were causing their people. These kind of sanction policies have worked in the past. Yet, it hasn't deterred their efforts to acquire fissionable material one iota. In fact the sanctions appear to have had the opposite affect on the Ayatollahs making them more determined than ever to get their bomb.
According to the U.S. president no measure dealing with Iran’s insistence to acquire a nuclear bomb has been removed from the table, however, like so many of this president’s warnings in the past, this one too appears to have little weight behind it nor is it taken seriously by Iran and its main ally and sponsor Russia.
This fact leaves little room for Israel since that small nation seems to be the center of Iran’s nuclear ambition. Iran has insisted it will destroy Israel at the earliest opportunity by literally blowing it away. The only way that can be achieved would be by the use of a nuclear device. Therefore, with this latest pronouncement from Iran that they are just one month from having the material needed for such a device Israel will be forced to do what the United States and the EU are all too hesitant to.
Israel acting unilaterally for its very survival would turn the Middle East into a literal Armageddon. Every Muslim and Arab nation in the region would be dragged into the Israeli-Iran conflagration which would ultimately force the greater world powers to step in as well. But, sad as it is to think about, Iran acting irrationally and irresponsibly can only have one response from Israel. When you live in a country where in some locations your borders are only eleven miles apart and overall you are about the size of the American State of Delaware, the smallest of U.S. States, then any threat, particularly a nuclear one, must be taken seriously and dealt with immediately, perhaps even preemptively.
While Iran may be only a month away for having weapons grade uranium it would still take time to build a missile capable of delivering its payload into Israel. However, the real fear isn’t Iran building a missile which would take quite a bit of time to not only build but ensure it had the ability to reach its target; the real problem is Iran doesn't need a missile to get their bomb into Israel. In a much quicker timescale a small device in something as simple as a backpack could be stealthily brought into Israel by any of Iran’s puppet terrorist groups from Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon or Syria and detonated anywhere in the Jewish State. This is the main reason of concern that aroused deputy minister Danon to make the statement he did. He and everyone in Israel knows that if Iran is only about thirty days from having the material needed for the bomb then a delivery mechanism for such a device can't be far behind, if not already sitting and waiting for it.
The big question now after this new revelation out of Iran is this: What kind of response came out of Washington D.C.? Simple. Nothing substantial. On Friday both the White House and U.S. State Department stated that they will wait and give new sanctions a real shot at working. In other words, a BIG PAUSE.
If Israel is forced to act, and I for one, support any action they feel necessary to protect themselves from a relentless foe vowed on their destruction, then the world need prepare for what could well turn out to be the very thing it claims to always want to avoid - World War III.