There is much happening here in the Middle East, but if we have to choose one topic to discuss – it would be Iran.
The tipping event for much of this talk, as Chuck reported this morning on The Harvest Show, is the European Union expanding both Iranian entities and people to sanctions.
The big issue here is whether of not European countries will stop buying Iranian oil.
In America, there is discussion on freezing assets of Iranian central bank.
Here on the ground in Jerusalem a poll came out today showing 90% of Israelis are concerned about Iran.
The Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak said that Israel is not afraid of Iran, and that it is possible that the country will be “put to the test”.
He also stated that Israel is not interested in war with Iran but made it clear that the IDF will not stand by in the event of an existential danger. He went on to say “War is no picnic” and hinted that giving the US advance warning is not mandatory for Israeli action.
American officials have gone on record saying that they are not sure that Israel would warn the US regarding an attack on Iran.
Then there was the explosion in Iran that I reported on Wednesday, some here say it was indeed a secret attack on Iran.
This adds to the general sense of fear, because of the idea that if this could be called a 'limited' war – it is here.
If certain reports that the Isfahan nuclear facility was hit are correct, then it is no longer a result of a local fault or action, but rather a strategic strike – apparently the second within two weeks.
Middle East Correspondent