Via Meadia commented this morning on Jeffrey Goldberg’s report that senior Israeli officials are increasingly confident of the success of an attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Goldberg is one of the top American reporters on Israel and the Middle East, and his column appeared after he spent last week in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. His reporting should be taken seriously.Now comes word from Politico that Aluf Benn, editor-in-chief of the center-left Haaretz, shares Goldberg’s view that an Israeli attack on Iran is “likely to occur this year.” Benn is reported to have said:
What looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war, and not just a ‘bluff’ or a diversion tactic.
Haaretz is Israel’s oldest daily newspaper and widely respected around the world. While there’s some share of reflexive alarmism amid the ongoing speculation, Benn’s comments provide further support for Politico‘s conclusion that “those in the know seem to be of one mind: Israel will strike Iran in 2012.”