Following the geopolitics of Iran, Israel and the USA is a lot like watching ping-pong with multiple balls in play. Rough on the neck. One gets wildly contradictory information from all sides in the same day. Even so, one has to watch.
Tensions between Israel and Iran are on the rise after a group of top Israeli leaders engaged in a round of saber-rattling on Thursday and Iran’s Supreme Leader answered on Friday with a pledge to “remove” Israel.
Speaking at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center’s annual conference, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak compared the current standoff with Iran to the “fateful” period before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, when Israel launched a preemptive strike against Egypt.
At the same conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Aviv Kochavi said that Iran had enough nuclear material to make four bombs, and could construct a missile within three years. Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that “an unconventional country can’t be allowed to have a nonconventional weapon” and that “a nuclear Iran would be the nightmare of the West.”
Iran nuclear program: 5 key sites
Even though Israeli leaders have been heartened by international sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program, which Iran insists is for peaceful purposes only, the chorus of warnings from Israel reflect growing anxiety among some leaders that Iran may still obtain a nuclear bomb.
“The temperature is rising in Israel,” says Meir Javedanfar, an Iran analyst in Tel Aviv. He says that if the defense minister sees the current period as similar to the run-up to the  Six-Day War, “that gives credibility to those who think Israel is going to launch an attack.”
Israeli strike would be ‘a gift’ for Iran, says dissident
Amid the rising anxiety, an Iranian dissident who lives in exile in the US, came to the Jewish state this week to warn leaders here that a preemptive strike on Iran would be counterproductive.