Aviv, now heading a security consultancy in New York called Interfor and sporting a large CIA badge in his lapel, was shown off to Australian gatherings this week by several Jewish groups, including the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, who seemed to take him and what he said at face value.
Among many bald statements, one stuck out: Israel is now ready to destroy three or four nuclear sites out of 12 in Iran.
"I believe that Israel is planning to act on these reactors before Bush leaves the White House," Mr Aviv said. "We've got to take a chance … the next president of America may not allow it."
He may or may not be speaking for anyone but himself, but his sponsorship suggests Australian opinion-makers were being warmed up for an Iran strike.
The statement "..."I believe that Israel is planning to act on these reactors before Bush leaves the White House," seems to indicate that Bush would not stand in the way of such an attack between now and the end of his (horrendous) tenure as President.
The unasked question, however, that this article never addresses, is the following: just what will Russia be prepared to do if its major trading partner is attacked??
War with Russia, anyone?!? Because that is what Israel and the US are staring at, should Israel start bombing Iran.