Just a short post to flag this. Hareetz has a promo today for a longer piece that will appear in the Friday magazine about Tzipi Livni. The piece is likely to look at the evolution of Livni’s political thinking, her current role and remaining weaknesses as a possible future leader worth investing hope in. The teaser we get today says this:
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said a few months ago in a series of closed discussions that in her opinion that Iranian nuclear weapons do not pose an existential threat to Israel.
Former Mossad Chief Ephraim Halevy recently made similar points in a lecture in Jerusalem. He stated that “the State of Israel cannot be destroyed” and that the “Iranian threat to Israel is substantive but not existential.” According to Haaretz, “Halvey’s lecture presented a less-disturbing picture from the one offered by President W. Bush.” It “called on the government to…offer Iran a diplomatic option.”
All this stands in stark contrast to the war-drums we have become accustomed to hearing. Unfortunately, this refreshing and realistic antidote is likely to be denied pretty quickly.
The Livni piece should be especially insightful as one of its authors ranks among the brightest sparks of next generation Israeli journalists – Gidi Weitz (I do not know his co-writer on this piece, Na’ama Lanski).
Gidi first came to my attention in the weekly Jerusalem local city paper – but he has long since moved on to bigger things. Weitz recently had this splendid investigation into Ehud Barak’s business contacts and political campaign financing.
Gidi blazes the too-often now neglected trail of solid investigative journalism that refuses to serve any political master. So, look out for the Livni piece, but keep an eye out too for Gidi Weitz.
For a delicious additional read on Iran – and the World War III – mongers, read Tony Karon’s post, Bob Dylan & Ayatollah Khamenei.