March 5th, 2012
03:12 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: What Israel Really Wants

(CNN) – I’m skeptical that the Israelis are getting ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. In the end, they might do it. But I suspect they are not yet ready to do so anytime soon.

That’s because they are talking so much about it. If they were really ready to move their F-15s and F-16s and their submarine-launched missiles against targets in Iran, they would be a lot more quiet.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Israel would be insane to leave its survival in the hands of another government, especially one "lead" by an empty suit that "leads from behind". Obama has flung so many allies under the bus, the message should be very clear. ALLIES BEWARE. If there is one thing you can absolutely count on Obama for, it is to say one thing and do exactly the opposite. Obama wants to "fundamentally transform" Israel into a Palestinian state.

    March 5, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. diridi

    what Israel wants is immaterial, What America needs to do is more important. Enough of these Israel playing drama. Enough. None of them will come to America's rescue. o.k, First we need to focus on MANUFACTURING, AND AGRICULTURE. DOLLAR STRENGTH IN THE WORLD, AND STRICT IMMIGRATION IN HERE. Enough of the problems. Obama is doing excellent for this nation. Let us keep it that way.

    March 5, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If Israel doesn't want what we want, then they must be made to understand that when it comes to war our priorities will always trump theirs.

    March 5, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    ►BLITZER'S BLOG: What Israel Really Wants◄
    It's NOT "bombing" NOW – just want to trigger annoying taunts
    Flexing their muscles just to indicate they're ready to pick up arms
    And as soon as Iran says "boo" Israel will then be ready to bomb!

    In the meantime...
    Obama 2012! The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 5, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Thinker23

    What Israel wants is very much material. Israel wants to EXIST IN PEACE AND SECURITY. This means that Israel will avoid a war as long as possible but not longer. This also means that Israel will not use force against Iran unless as a last resort in case there will be no other way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If it happens, however, Israel will not ask anyone's permission to defend itself and will use enough force to make sure that Iran will be persuaded to ask for peace.

    March 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    If obama keeps his promise to Israel it would be a first for him.

    March 5, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Thinker23 wrote:

    If it happens, however, Israel will not ask anyone's permission to defend itself and will use enough force to make sure that Iran will be persuaded to ask for peace.
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    You gravely misunderstand the realities of war and military actions. Israel is incapable of launching a series of sustained surgical strikes on it own. PERIOD.

    March 5, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Thinker23

    Rudy... I'm not sure where YOUR understanding of realities of war and military actions came from so I'll not publish my opinion about it here. The FACTS, however, are that in the past Israel DID NOT ask anyone's permission to defend itself and used enough force to make sure that its enemies asked for peace.

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    IS IT CLEAR ENOUGH?

    March 5, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    Rudy, how do you know what Israel is capable of? Are you a high military officer in Israel?

    March 5, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. GI Joe.

    ISRAEL wants the war - THEY JUST WANT US TO PAY FOR IT.

    What part of "we can't afford it unless we raise taxes on EVERONE" do people not understand?

    March 5, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Who cares what Israel wants, Blitzer? Why aren't you focusing on the millionaire tax three quarters of AMERICANS want.

    March 5, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |