Thank you Mr. Barak,
At that point Barak leaned forward and said with the utmost solemnity: “And if a nuclear Iran covets and occupies some gulf state, who will liberate it? The bottom line is that we must deal with the problem now.”
I think this pretty much confirms what Stratfor was saying which I posted up here.
Which gulf state he may be refering to is immaterrial I suppose, Iraq will soon be producing as much oil as Saudi Arabia, unless things fall apart there, so the balance of power and influence has already shifted in Iran’s favor.
That’s not to say that Barak and Netanyahu don’t feel the pressure,
He and Netanyahu, he said, are responsible “in a very direct and concrete way for the existence of the State of Israel — indeed, for the future of the Jewish people.”
One can only hope however, that the everyone involved is also smart enough to play the long game, which seems to be missing from the entire discussion. What do we wish to see the Mid-East look like in fifty years, and what steps are necessary to getting there? Without achievable strategic goals, tactical action is a waste of time, and as such, barely rises above state sponsered terrorism.