“‘An Israeli military strike on Iran may be just weeks or at most a couple of months away,’ a former Israeli intelligence chief said Friday, while stressing that he personally did not think the time was right for an Israeli attack,” reports the Times of Israel. “‘It seems to me,’ said Aharon Zeevi Farkash, former head of Military Intelligence in the IDF, ‘that [an Israeli attack] could come in the near future… that is, weeks or a couple of months.’ Asked whether an Israeli strike would lead to war, he responded: ‘Absolutely.’ Interviewed on Israel’s Channel 2 News, he added, ‘The Iranians have to understand’ that if they don’t halt their nuclear drive, ‘they will ultimately have to absorb a blow to their main military sites, from an international coalition, or from the US, or perhaps from Israel.”
- On Tuesday, “the IDF Chief of the General Staff Benny Gantz said the IDF was ‘prepared, and ready to act’ and that, for the IDF, the oft-repeated statement that ‘all options are on the table’ is ‘not a slogan, it’s a work plan.’”
- Farkash’s assessment that an Israeli-Iranian war is so close came the day after the public comments of former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy. “If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks,” Halevy told reporters.
- Netanyahu said Friday that he would take responsibility if a war with Iran comes.
- Here’s my analysis of the possibility of an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran in September/October.