The front page of the Arabic website of the military wing of Hamas, the Ezzedeen alQassam Brigades, features an animated graphic at the top on the right hand column. It's a black rectangle with a red Star of David. The Jewish star shatters with a nuclear explosion. This graphic is notably missing from the English language website. Only the Jerusalem Post and a few pro-Israel blogs found this particularly newsworthy. Interestingly enough this graphic appeared on the exact same day Iran offered to fund the Hamas-lead Palestinian government.
For those who would dismiss this timing as sheer coincidence it was a little more than a week earlier than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad claimed that Israel would be "removed" by the Palestinians and the Islamic nations of the region if the west didn't remove Israel first. For his part Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met with Ahmadenijad on February 20 and pledged that Iran will have a major role in Palestine.
Back on 1 January I reported that Israeli intelligence estimates that Iran could have nuclear weapons as soon as next month. At that time I called on the U.S. and NATO to act militarily against Iran. It doesn't take a genius to connect the dots and see that the threat from Iran now comes in two forms: a direct missile strike by Iran or the use of Hamas, which effectively borders Israel, to deliver a nuclear weapon into an Israeli city. How else could Hamas threaten to destroy Israel by nuclear means?
Call me an alarmist if you will but I take all these news stories, together, as rather ominous. The world has waited too long while Iran and its friends in Russia and China stall and drag out the diplomatic process. They will undoubtedly continue to stall as long as possible until an attack on Israel has been successfully completed. The time for either President Bush and/or Prime Minister Olmert to act is now, while they still can.