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Mossad Chief: Nuclear Iran is not ‘existential’ threat

Citizens Electoral Council of Australia

Media Release 3rd of January 2012

Mossad Chief: Nuclear Iran is not ‘existential’ threat to Israel, global economic crisis is

The current head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has pulled the rug from under the chest-thumping Israeli neo-cons who are in league with the British and Obama to attack Iran and/or Syria in order to orchestrate a third world war.

According to sources quoted in the 29th December Haaretz, Mossad chief Tamir Pardo told an audience of Israeli diplomats that a nuclear Iran was not necessarily an existential threat to Israel. This view contrasts with the constant braying of neo-con nutcase Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that a nuclear Iran will lead to another holocaust, which is the view that dominates the Australian news media.

Pardo reportedly made his comments in a closed forum of 100 Israeli ambassadors on 27th December. According to Haaretz’s diplomatic sources, Pardo said that Israel was using various means to undermine Iran’s nuclear program, but questioned the use of the term “existential threat” if Iran were to become a nuclear power.

“What is the significance of the term existential threat?” Pardo is reported to have asked. “Does Iran pose a threat to Israel? Absolutely. But if one said a nuclear bomb in Iranian hands was an existential threat, that would mean that we would have to close up shop and go home. That’s not the situation. The term existential threat is used too freely.” Pardo did not comment on the possibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran.

According to the sources, Pardo saw the European and world economic crisis as a more serious immediate threat. While devoting five minutes in his presentation to the Iranian threat, Pardo spent no less than 20 minutes on threats to the Israeli economy.

There is reportedly an all-out brawl within the Israeli military-security establishment over plans by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Netanyahu to launch a preemptive attack against Iran. Pardo’s predecessor Meir Dagan has been taking the point against Barak and Netanyahu, and last month said Israel should only resort to military force “when the knife is at its throat and begins to cut into the flesh”, warning that their drive for a war could drag Israel and the entire region into a major war that would be disastrous.

The Great Wipeout of 2011 is just the beginning

Pardo was right to recognise the existential threat facing Israel—and the world—is the global economic collapse. The financial body count of 2011 is horrific, but 2012 is going to be even worse. US$6.3 trillion in assets were wiped out on global stock markets in 2011—a lost of 12.1 percent, according to the January 1 Financial Times. But these losses, as dramatic as they were, are barely the beginning of the blowout to come in early 2012. In the first quarter of the year alone, the countries of the Eurozone will be facing 457 billion euros in sovereign debt rollover, with Italy alone scheduled to pay 113 billion euro. This is impossible, especially with Italy paying more than 7 per cent yields on 10-year bonds at the auction last week.

Sources at one of the regional Federal Reserve banks in the United States have just completed a study for internal circulation, indicating that in what is still the world’s biggest economy—upon which China depends for its growth and Australia for virtually its entire income—the housing collapse continues unabated, real unemployment is at the worst of the Great Depression levels, inflation is far greater than the official government claims, and manufacturing is at the same level of collapse as in September 2008, at the time of the Lehman Brothers blowout.

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