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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Israel growing 'impatient' over Iran

The Washington Post describes growing Israeli 'impatience' over Iran.
Israeli officials and commentators say that nothing short of sanctions on Iran's energy sector will work. And with no sign of that in the offing, the prospect of Israeli military action -- which Israeli officials have always said remains an option if sanctions fail -- looms larger.

"We are frustrated with the fact that Iran does not feel the pressure of the world, does not care about the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N., because we feel that time is running out," Tzahi Hanegbi, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said in an interview.

An Israeli security official recently complained of a muddled discourse on sanctions that has made the ultimate objective unclear: whether the Obama administration is trying to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb or only to roll back its growing capabilities. Israeli officials have been seeking clarity from their American counterparts on what the U.S. plan is for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear device if sanctions fail.
The Obama administration is trying to do neither of the above and will do nothing to stop Iran. All Israelis are aware of that, and most of us believe that we are rapidly approaching the point when our government will have to decide whether to strike Iran or live with Iran having nuclear weapons. And nearly all Israelis understand that the latter choice is intolerable.

By the way, the Washington Post fails to mention that Tzahi HaNegbi is from the opposition Kadima party. In the event that Netanyahu strikes Iran, you can bet that he will get wall-to-wall support from all but the Arab parties.

Whether we will get support from American Jewry remains to be seen.


At 1:50 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Nothing short of regime change will achieve anything! You only have to see what the IRI does to its own citizens to know the whole vile edifice must go. No pussy-footing any more, Netanyahu!

At 3:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Barry Rubin says Israel will live with a nuclear Iran.

He should tell why that is the case soon.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

I fear that the time for Israel to strike Iran has come and gone. Israel will have to live with Iran and work for a regime change.
It is now painfully obvious that Israel will get no support from Obama and that spare arts and replenishment of ammunition is simply not going to take place. This would leave Israel highly vulnerable.


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