Jerusalem looks a lot like it’s planning a strike soon against Iranâ€™s nuclear program. The signs all point that way: The introduction of an attack drone capable of flying hundreds of miles.Â Frequent talk of a possible attack is heard openly.Â New gas masks are distributed to the public.
The more important signs, however, lie in the shuttle diplomacy between Israel and everyone but Iran.
There has been a virtual parade of heavy weight American security honchos:Â Chairman of the Joints Chiefs, the director of the C.I.A. and the national security adviser have all just been here; the vice president arrives on Monday.
â€œSome have described it as a bear hug,â€ a senior Israeli official said of the near-daily high-level meetings, speaking on condition of anonymity.Â Three other very senior Israeli officials also contributed anonymously.
â€œAll the visitors to Israel are sending us and the region a message: that Israel is not alone,â€ said Ilan Mizrahi, a former head of Israelâ€™s National Security Council. â€œThat means that Israel will not pull the trigger without a lot of consideration and consultation.â€
â€œNo Israeli prime minister wants to make the decision to attack Iran,â€ commented a former official closely involved in these discussions. â€œAnd for Iran to go nuclear on Obamaâ€™s watch would be seen as a colossal failure. There is a common interest to make sanctions work.â€