"Iran poses no existential threat to Israel, its Defence Minister has declared. In an interview for Jewish New Year published yesterday in the country's top-selling newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Ehud Barak said he saw no country being capable of challenging Israel. 'I don't belong to those who believe that Iran is bringing Israel to an existential situation. Israel is strong. I don't see anyone who is capable of facing it with an existential threat'." (Iran can't wipe us off map: Israel, Jason Koutsoukis, Sydney Morning Herald, 18/9/09)
So that's that then. No existential threats whatever. So much egg on so many faces.