Netanyahu Deploys 'Syrian' Iron-Dome As Israeli Minister Claims US Preparing 'Surgical' Strikes Against Iran

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation must prepare for the threat of a chemical attack from Syria, amid concern at enemy efforts to test a post-election coalition Israel, and, as Bloomberg reports, has deployed its new Iron Dome anti-missile system near the border with its northern neighbor. Along with this concern, as many have perhaps suspected, the Israeli Defense Minister confirmed yesterday that the US has prepared plans for a 'surgical' military operation to delay Iran's nuclear program.

As The Jerusalem Post reports, Ehud Barak, speaking in Davos, does not believe any military operation against Iran would devolve into a "full fledged war the size of the Iraqi war" but rather "there should be a readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them."

Barak added that in the past the US has been heavy-handed but that under Barack Obama, the United States has "prepared quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels," if the worse comes to the worst - even though the Israeli preference would be to end the nuclear threat diplomatically , calling for tougher sanctions (though he expressed doubt that diplomacy would lead to success).

Just another geopolitical hotspot that the world's markets choose to ignore in deference to the one true leader - central bankers.


Via Bloomberg,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel must prepare for the threat of a chemical attack from Syria as the army deployed its new Iron Dome anti- missile system near the border with its northern neighbor.


Netanyahu told members of the Cabinet during the weekly meeting in Jerusalem today that Israel faces dangers from throughout the Middle East. Top security officials held a special meeting last week to discuss what may happen to Syrian stocks of chemical weapons amid the civil unrest there, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Army Radio.


“We must look around us, at what is happening in Iran and its proxies and at what is happening in other areas, with the deadly weapons in Syria, which is increasingly coming apart,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet, according to an e-mailed statement.


Syrian rebels, mostly Sunni Muslims, have been fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad since March 2011 in a conflict that the United Nations says has left at least 60,000 people dead. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.


The Iron Dome system, which was used to shoot down hundreds of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip during Israel’s November conflict with Hamas and other militant groups, is being deployed at an unspecified site in the north, according to an Israeli army spokeswoman. She spoke anonymously in accordance with military regulations and said setting up the anti-missile battery was part of routine operations.


Israeli forces must be particularly alert during the period following last week’s election in which Netanyahu is trying to form a new coalition government and enemies are looking for signs of weakness, the prime minister said. Netanyahu’s Likud- Beitenu alliance lost 11 parliamentary seats in the vote and the prime minister said he needs a broad and stable coalition to deal with security threats from the region.

Via The Jerusalem Post,

Defense minister challenges idea that military operation against Iran would develop into a "full fledged war the size of the Iraqi war"; says surgical strikes will delay Tehran's nuclear drive "by a significant time frame."


The United States has prepared plans for a "surgical" military operation to delay Iran's nuclear program in the event that diplomatic efforts to thwart Tehran's drive for nuclear weapons capability fail, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with The Daily Beast on Friday.


Speaking from Switzerland, where he is attending the Davos World Economic Forum, Barak challenged the notion that a military operation against Iran would develop into a "full fledged war the size of the Iraqi war or even the war in Afghanistan."


“What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be a readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them,” Barak told The Daily Beast.


The defense minister stated that, while the US was once heavy-handed in its attempts to carry out pinpointed military actions, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, the United States has "prepared quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels. So it is not an issue of a major war or a failure to block Iran. You could under a certain situation, if worse comes to worst, end up with a surgical operation."


Barak said that even a small-scale series of surgical strikes was a last resort, and that Israel's preference would be to neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat diplomatically.


Barak called for harsher sanctions against the Islamic Republic, but noted that he did not believe the diplomatic path was likely to succeed in halting Iran's nuclear drive given Russia and China's tendency to thwart harsher measures in the United Nations.

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newengland's picture

Pedophile Barak wants the U.S. to do his dirty work, just as the rest of the Davos  cowards want.

It is unconstitutional, unethical, immoral for the Republic of the USA to serve a foreign power and that includes Israel. I am sorry for their troubles. It is their troubles.

newengland's picture

I believe in people, regardless of color, creed or religion. It is wrong for the Republic of the USA to engage in endless war abroad, contrary to our Constitution.

It is wrong for anyone to have two passports. One can only bear true allegiance to one country. Live and die for its ideals. Anything else like Davos, the Trilateral Commission, the Group of 30 including Geithner, the Bilderberg Group is point blank two faced lying money grubbing whores.

Wanton1's picture

Poopstick propaganda.

yogibear's picture

So will China back Iran like they said they would do? Russia will look at the odds and see. 

China can stop the US supply chain and stop the military. The US war indistry is dependent on electronics 

from Asia. China has access to all of Aisa. 

Washington and it's Wall Street banksters made the US dependent on Asia on strategic technology.

China, the major manufacturer could cripple the US military by cutting off access to Asia. 

newengland's picture

Al-CIAda , the NAZI imports to the USA after WWII, pursue their freak greedy ways through the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, Davos and the Group of 30.

Al CIAda is an enemy within, defiling the Republic of the USA, and serving its AshkeNAZI founders.

The Group of 30 including Geithner conspires against you.

Peter Pan's picture

Man is destined to build prison camps and to dig graves for as long as hate, prejudice and self interest have the upper hand.

Personally I would get the top ten leaders of both sides of Israel and Iran in a room to resolve their differences and as each 24 hours passed without agreement, i would shoot one leader from each side drawn from a hat.

I think this might work wonders in restoring good will and commonsense with minimal waste of human life and resources.

newengland's picture

Cowards send better men to fight for them, as Goebbels said when he explained that no man would leave his land unless he felt his famiily was under threat.

And there is the big lie of statists who create endless war, so to profit themselves, and waste the loyalty of better men.So they create chaos, crisis, endless war in order to profit from it: more power and money for them.

Interesting to see that sodomites now say women can fight on the front line. Anyone, but them: the male cowards who seek power without responsibility, their blood or money.

Peter Pan's picture

All nuclear capability is evil, but it is interesting to note that for North Korea, it is the one thing that guarantees the total "respect" of their enemies towards its equally evil regime.

hero HNL's picture

Whenever I see this guy, I want to kick him in the groin.


He doesn't belong in the human specie.




newengland's picture

Let's be clear. This bitch Barak wants war so long as other people's money and blood pays for it. The Davos boys do too.


Totentänzerlied's picture

A lot of money to be made, flags to be waved, heartstrings to be pulled, photo-ops to be exploited, fools to be ... fooled etc. etc. etc.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

Who's the nutty jew holding the fire cracker...?

Hope it burns his fingers good.

lolmao500's picture

While that asshole Berlusconi is going senile...

Berlusconi defends Mussolini at Holocaust event Italy's former prime minister, who is campaigning to return to politics, also defends the fascist dictator's decision to ally with Adolf Hitler.
JLee2027's picture

It's all blah blah blah to me. Just a distraction from problems at home.

lolmao500's picture

And surprise surprise, the surgical strike has already happened...

An explosion is believed to have damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, Israeli intelligence officials have told The Times. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday that they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli Government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and 200 workers had been trapped inside.

One Israeli official said: “We are still in the preliminary stages of understanding what happened and how significant it is.” He did not know, he added, if the explosion was “sabotage or accident”, and refused to comment on reports that Israeli aircraft were seen near the facility at the time of the explosion.

According to sources, it was a joint Israel-MEK-US operation... it's the first time the US helps the MEK (a terrorist group who has been placed off the list a few months ago, allowing the CIA to work with them). It was sabotage, of course. 

Now why Israel has placed those Iron-Dome on the border?? Because Bibi fears that Iran will activate Hezbollah as retaliation.

There ain't no coincidences in politics.

Shit could get real or as they've been doing for all these years, Iran might act cool and do nothing.

viedoklis_lv's picture

"because the world is determined to block them"

Israel is not world infact world thinks that Israel is bad as North Korea

The Heart's picture

Darn, sure is funny how this interview has been well scrubbed off some of the places it should normally be.

For your listening pleasure:



news printer's picture

Israeli intelligence officials have confirmed that a major explosion has rocked an Iranian nuclear facility - Fordo

Disenchanted's picture





“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.” — Ernest Hemingway

marco1324's picture

Having just read 'The Fourth Turning' as advised by various people on ZH, I have to say Im starting to shit my pants.


f16hoser's picture

Somebody shut this fucker up. BN is a complete wacko......

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

I did a TinEye on the thumbnail, and it's been used 127 times by global news sources, so is pretty much confirmed not a photoshop.

As a species, you have gone past the ironic, you just went full retard.


This is the Prime Minister of a nuclear equipped nation, in full sight of the global media, using the Cartoon Bomb meme [warning: TvTrope link] to warn of the possibility of chemical attacks potentially orchestrated by their own security forces, and outlining the road to a major global conflict.



I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Super Broccoli's picture

"Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation must prepare for the threat of a chemical attack from Syria"


BULLSHIT ! come on Assad's been strugling to keep control over the country fighting those Al Qaedas, why on earth would he attack Israël ??? why on eath would he put himself in an even more difficult situation ?


Inthemix96's picture

Someone should take this suicidal fucking megalomaniatic imbecile out before he does some serious damage to some poor fuckers who dont deserve the wrath of a madman.

And people wonder why this world is as fucked as it is?  Till we sort these cunts out, humanity doesnt stand a chance folks.  Its that simple.

rsnoble's picture

The war and oil mongers just can't wait can they?


That pic of Natanyahoo reminds me of the Atari game Kaboom from 30 years ago.  I think it would be funny if Hezbollah obtained a couple 'special' firecrackers from Russia and blew his ass off the fucking map.  Not sure what would happen in the US as we would have no guidance after that.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Re NuttyYahoo Deploys Iron Dome


It's high time an Iron Crowbar was "deployed" to NuttyYahoo's dome.

djsmps's picture

Some definitions--

surgical: civilian

extremely fine scalpels: babies

10PastMidnight's picture

Netenyahu's just a dick, plain and simple. He can't run a country, his people know he's a dick and soon he will be without a job because the people of Israel do not endorse his war mongering. He's no different then any other global dick, that run's a country into the ground these day's.

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

He becomes the latest in a string of leading military advisers to abandon the government and join the disparate rebels. But it is his claim that chemical weapons were used in Homs during a deadly attack on Christmas Eve that is likely to be of greater interest to the Syrian opposition and their foreign backers.

Reports from Homs had suggested that a type of nerve agent was used by the Syrian forces in the attack, a point that General Shallal appeared to verify yesterday. Al Jazeera reported at the time that at least seven people had died after inhaling a poisonous gas “sprayed by government forces in a rebel-held Homs neighbourhood”.

“We don’t know what this gas is but medics are saying it’s something similar to sarin gas,” Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, told Al Jazeera.[source - 26th Jan 2013]



Now, the ownership of the Independent is a Russian oligarch, but one who is allegedly no friend of Putins.


So, we have:

1) Hack of Britam, allegedly showing that they had been offered $ to fake / mis-represent a chemical weapons attack in the Homs region; from the amount of #HeavySlide going on, it was at least interesting enough to bring a lot of direct involvement out of the wood-work

2) A well-respected MSM source or three stating that chemical weapons have been used in the area

3) Israel getting its defenses ready, using chillingly childish cartoon bomb graphics to sell its case

4) Potential Russian PSYOPS / muddling, yet supporting that chemical weapons had been used, and no-one really knows the source of said Britam Hack

5) During Davos talks, a lot of serious peopleTM during the talk over Syria clearly came out and admitted that Turkey (this was a turkish diplomat) & proxies for the US were supplying weapons directly to Anti-Assad forces, and that they were focused on solving the issue as swiftly as possible; this wasn't even contested, and the panel leader explicitly demanded that they talk about military aid

6) CIA / Benghazi spooktastic stuff

7) The Britam hack email is dated 24/12/2012 which is the date that this Syrian general has given; given the amount of authentic looking details in the dump, this is either an expert troll / disinfo effort, or true.


Whatever is going on, and I certainly have no direct intel or clearance to know, it stinks to high-heaven. I like neither side at this point, but I sure as shit remember things like the fake Syrian Lesbian Blogger. Oh, and the people doing the forum sliding on 4chan sound like total muppets; as bad as the normal trolls there.




Junk away; time to forum slide, what-what? Whatever's going on, 60k+ people have died, which makes anyone with direct involvement akin to this.

Shylockracy's picture

Now, that badass Iranian bomb graphics Nutandyahoo flashed at the UN must have generated widespread laughter-induced incontinence among the diplomats.

Mel Brooks would not have done better.

Ridicule, not violence, will do them in. And ironically, the demise of Isntreal and the stygma derived from its crimes will inviabilize "jewishness" for a very long time.

Herdee's picture

Even if Obama releases emergency stockpiles of oil,the price would still skyrocket and kill any signs of initial recovery.Then you have Iran's military agreements with China and Russia.

mess nonster's picture

Assad will kick the rebel's ass. Then, in righteous anger, he will beef up Hizbollah to levels never seen. Egypt will continue to be subverted by Israel, but this by itself will be destabilizing as Egypt licks the Israeli boot while at the same time strengthening Hamas. Hamas will inevitably overrun the PA as the PA is both morally and financially bankrupt.

Iran will NOT be attacked in the short term, as it is painfuily obvious such an attack will kick the props out from beneath the sclerotic and moribund fiat Western ponzi that is currently on life support, hence an attack on Iran will serve to cut Israel's umbilical cord with Amerika.

Israel finds itself pushed further and further into the corner. Israel will attack when, NOT IF, attack is its only option left. That moment will come when Syria subdues the rebels, and comes to an agreement with Turkey. The agreement will be along the lines of a modified hybrid Islamist/secular state, much like that of Turkey. Watch for the beginning of a pan Arab detenete between Shia and Sunni factions. If that happens Israel will attack with complete ferocity, knowing that her only chance for success is a one and only blitzkrieg of epic proportions.

Better have a SHTF plan, this is INEVITABLE.

Youri Carma's picture

Is this to be another Iraq, hundreds of thousands genocided? Worse!

From the horse's mouth: Zbigniew Brzezinski Chatham House Speech November 2008 Part 5 Final
"Because a war with Iran would be a messy business indeed in the entire region.
With a variety of local consequences and global economic consequences.
Which we know in advance would be disastrous through a scale which we can not predict so, it's not a viable notion for a actual policy

Excerpt From: TRANSCRIPT: Zbigniew Brzezinski Chatham House Speech November 2008

But Brezinski has changed his attitude towards an Iran attack recently:

US Can Deter and Contain Iran, Brzezinski Says, 26 November 2012, by Barbara Slavin (Al-Monitor)

However, on Monday he fleshed out his arguments in favor of what amounts to a containment strategy as the “least bad” alternative in the event that Iran develops a nuclear weapon.

Brzezinski said that the problem of Iran’s advancing nuclear program pales in comparison to the consequences of an attack, which he called “an act of utter irresponsibility and potential immorality” given the civilian casualties that would likely ensue.

Striking Iran would produce a wider crisis that would set the region “aflame” and harm US interests from Afghanistan through Iraq and Syria, he said.

It would also generate “widespread, long-lasting hatred” for the US among the Iranian people, he added.