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September 30, 2005

Israelis urge U.S. to stop Iran's nuke goals: Conventional Negotiations Will Not Work!

Topics: Iran
[Image:The nuclear facility near Natanz, Iran (Time-2003)]

Let's remember that Iranian clerics have as far back as 2001 (and possibly before), called for Muslim states (note the plural) to use nuclear weapon against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them "damages only". Back then, the Islamic Republic and Iraq were already known to be working hard to produce their own atomic weapons with help from Russia and North Korea, with Pakistan, also a Muslim state, already already a certain number of nuclear bomb.

So Israel's present concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions shouldn't come as a surprise. Now, we seem to be hearing from Israel that it's time to fish or cut bait!

(...) The United States and its allies must act to stop Iran's nuclear programs -- by force if necessary -- because conventional diplomacy will not work, three senior Israeli lawmakers from across the political spectrum warned yesterday.

(...) As a last resort, they said, Israel itself would act unilaterally to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms.

(...) Iran will not be deterred "by anything short of a threat of force," said Arieh Eldad, a member of Israel's right-wing National Union Party, part of a delegation of Knesset members visiting Washington this week.

(...) "They won't be stopped unless they are convinced their programs will be destroyed if they continue," he said.

(...) "Threats of sanctions and isolation alone will not do it,"

(...) "We feel we are obliged to warn our friends that Israel should not be pushed into a situation where we see no other solution but to act unilaterally" against Iran, he said.

(...) Mr. Steinitz said Israeli officials estimate that Tehran is only two to three years away from developing a nuclear bomb and that time was running out for the world to act.

(...) "We see an Iranian bomb as a devastating, existential threat to Israel, to the entire Middle East, to all Western interests in the region,"

(...) Israel has acted unilaterally before to halt a nuclear program by a hostile neighbor, bombing Iraq's Osirak reactor in 1981. Widely condemned at the time, the surprise raid is now credited with dealing a major setback to Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions.

You would think that the Israeli lawmakers' statement, "conventional diplomacy will not work," should resonate with the West by now. In January of this year, Vice President Cheney said that Iran is a top threat to world peace and Middle East stability, accusing Tehran of sponsoring terrorism against Americans and building a "fairly robust new nuclear program," and "Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards." Cheney's comment, in light of this latest statement from Israeli lawmakers, may turn out to be prophetic. One need only to take a brief look at the documented history of negotiations with Iran, in order to see clearly that Iran has no intentions of abandoning it's nuclear ambitions, and that "conventional diplomacy will not work!"

Posted by Richard at September 30, 2005 1:20 PM

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