(ynet) Israel can "delay but not destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities," he said while sitting next to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who visited Israel a few weeks ago to allay the concerns of the leadership in Jerusalem.
Dempsey's comments should be taken seriously, as should
the stern message conveyed by Panetta, the White House and the American
security establishment: If we can't reason with you, the Israelis, we
will have to get tough.
The general's remark was not a
slip-of-the-tongue. It was a calculated statement from a general of
Irish descent and character. His words constituted a slap in Israel's
face, a punch in the face, and a kick to the most sensitive part of the
body. To be more precise, the US slammed Israel's head against the wall
and said: "Shut up. Stop babbling about Iran. Without us there is not
much you can do, and don't assume for a second that we are dancing to
your tune. You shouldn't do anything stupid, and stop driving the entire