The media have been positively awash with dire predictions that Israel is on the verge of attacking Iran. Meanwhile, the ‘covert’ war is already ongoing with reports that an Israeli-backed Iranian group known as the MEK are responsible for the murder of Iranian scientists. (Glenn Greenwald provides considerable background about this group and its Israeli and bipartisan US backers.) In addition both the US and Israel are waging cyberwar against Iran, while hypocritically condemning it when it is done by other countries.
Ira Chernus provides a good discussion of what is going on behind this war propaganda barrage. He disposes of the common argument that Israel is facing an existential threat from Iran, saying that “The Israelis are considering an attack on Iran, fraught with immense dangers, so the Jewish state can keep its symbolic status as the region’s only superpower.” Meanwhile, he says that the Obama administration is trying to simultaneously wash its hands of the worldwide negative consequences of an Israel attack while placating the Israel lobby at home by not vetoing it.