Should Israel Take Action Against Iran?

Philanthropists, activists, and military officials weigh in on Iran - and why a military strike may be in the not-so-distant future.

Yoni Kempinski and Tova Dvorin,

Bushehr nuclear reactor
Bushehr nuclear reactor
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Iran is "stalling the time until they get the bomb," Dr. Joseph Frager, Chairman of the World Committee for the Land of Israel, told Arutz Sheva at the Jaffa Institute Gala Dinner honoring Rabbi Yaakov Nasirov last week. "It's going to happen while under President [Barack] Obama's watch, and it will make his presidency one of the all-time worst in American history." 

Frager noted that the Iran problem "could still be solved" and that opposition to military action in Iran could be, perhaps, what led Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to dissolve the coalition last week.

He also stated that the recent US midterm elections, which resulted in a Republican victory, "set the stage" for Israeli elections and that 2016 could see a Republican president entering the White House - while, meanwhile, Israel "does what it has to do." 

Philanthropist Sam Domb added that the Obama administration's handling of Iran is rather sloppy. 

"They waited until the last second," Domb said. "Why did they not know until the last day [before the deadline] that Iran didn't have a deal? Why didn't they bring this up at the beginning and say, 'that's not what they want'?" 

"This is a bluff," he added. "They did it before, they'll do it again, and I think there still won't be a deal by the end of Obama's presidency." 

Domb disagreed with Frager on the topic of military action, however, noting that "no one will back Israel if they take military action right now." 

Moreover, in his words, "if they have already produced [nuclear weapons], then you can't take [Iran] out," he said. "Because if you do, you will have five million dead people, and I don't think anybody wants to do that." 

Thus, he urged Israel, along with the US and Europe, to take military action now - together. 

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ken Chrosniak, a former member of the USA Joint Chiefs of Staff noted that Iran already has nuclear capability - but not on a large scale. 

"They already have nuclear capability, but it's in field artillery, in smaller calibers and so on - they do have that," the Brig. Gen. stated to Arutz Sheva. "They have had that since the Russians gave it to them many years ago."

Gen. Chrosniak added that Iranian capability to produce missiles capable of hitting one of the American coastal cities is "not in the so distant future" and that Iran has already perfected mid-level capabilities. 

"In the US, we don't have the capability to defend ourselves against a high-altitude nuclear burst because it could be fired by a rogue nation," he said. "It's a bipartisan issue here in the US." 

"In the future, Iran will be complicit with ISIS [...] to establish, or re-establish, the Caliphate," he added. "That's their goal: to re-establish the Caliphate and take out all infidels." 

As far as military action against Iran, Gen. Chrosniak called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a "good soldier," and noted that as a good soldier - "sometimes you just have to go it alone." 


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