Last week provided a nice freeze frame of the difference between the eye catching and the important.
The eye catching?
The usual suspects showing up for photo ops, not so cleverly disguised as expressions of mourning over the death of Michael Jackson.
Friday also brought us Sarah Palin’s jaw dropping decision to resign as Governor of Alaska.
More on this as the week unfolds, but suffice it to say if my children were being subjected to this level of vicious, almost psychotic attack I would probably consider resigning as well.
But the real news (buried under the sound and fury of full volume, talk over the other side until they run out of air side show that passes for debate in our culture) is far more significant than either of these stories.
Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran
The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites.
Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility.
The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.
“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source said last week.
Although the countries have no formal diplomatic relations, an Israeli defence source confirmed that Mossad maintained “working relations” with the Saudis.
And speaking of “blind eyes”, apparently this case of “plausible deniability” isn’t something only to be found in Saudi Arabia:
Biden: Israel free to set own course on Iran
WASHINGTON—Vice President Joe Biden signaled that the Obama administration would not stand in the way if Israel chose to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, even as the top U.S. military officer said any attack on Iran would be destabilizing.
The bottom line? Israel apparently has the green light to make sure the mad mullahs fail to join the nuclear club.
Why this change of heart?
Perhaps the world has finally caught on to the true nature of Ahmadinejhad and Khameni as reflected in their ham fisted attempt at election rigging and subsequent brutalization of those who had the nerve to peacefully protest.
Perhaps this is a not so subtle signal that the world is running out of patience with Iran’s full out sprint toward the ultimate WMD.
No doubt Israel is ready to de-fang Iran.
So what holds them back?
Ed Morrissey offers this at his Hot Air blog:
The model for this attack is Syria, where the Israelis destroyed a nascent nuclear facility built by North Koreans. Unfortunately, that model may not be a good predictor of success in Iran. The terrain in Iran is much different than in Syria, where the facility stood out like a sore thumb on satellite recon images. The Iranians have reportedly dispersed their nuclear work so that an attack on one or two sites won’t cripple their work. The Israelis would have to have excellent intel in order to succeed — but then again, the Israelis usually have excellent intel, and if they’re working with the Saudis, that makes the odds better.
However, the Iranian regime looks on shaky ground at the moment. An Israeli attack now would almost certainly stop the momentum of the opposition, boosted today by the mullahs in Qum declaring the rigged presidential election illegitimate, and by extension also the regime that rigged it. A military strike would unite Iranians against the world and could set back the effort at real reform by 30 years, unless the Israelis attempted to decapitate the Guardian Council and Ali Khamenei.
If the Times has this right, the Israelis may want to bide their time to see what transpires next in Iran. They can’t wait forever, but the overthrow of the mullahs would be more likely to accomplish what Israel wants than an air strike.
As we have detailed before, Ezekiel chapters 38-39 indicates that Iran will be a part of a Last Days invasion of Israel, but not its leader.
There is no doubt scripturally that the leadership of Iran will continue their spiritually inspired hatred of Israel.
But there is also no doubt that they will be denied the capability to fulfill Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad’s expressed desire to “wipe Israel off the map” independently.
Whether it results from a revolution, an Israeli air strike or a combination of these events, look for Iran’s nuclear ambitions to be blocked.
But look as well for Iran to be forced to draw closer to Russia as a means to fulfill her fanatical leaders’ ultimate dream.
And that, ladies and gentlemen is far more significant news than a pop star’s passing, or a shift in strategy of an up and coming politician.
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