Everybody knows the scene from school: A small boy quarrels with a bigger boy. “Hold me back,” he shouts to his comrades, “before I break his bones!”
Our government seems to be behaving in this way. Every day, via all channels, it shouts that it is going, any minute now, to break the bones of Iran.
Iran is about to produce a nuclear bomb. We cannot allow this. So we shall bomb them to smithereens.
Benjamin Netanyahu says so in every one of his countless speeches, including his opening speech at the winter session of the Knesset. Ditto Ehud Barak. Every self-respecting commentator (has anyone ever seen a non-self-respecting one?) writes about it. The media amplifies the sound and the fury.
Haaretz splashed its front page with pictures of the seven most important ministers (the “security septet”) showing three in favor of the attack, four against.