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Israel Urges US Not to Rule Out Military Option in Iran

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Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Friday issued a thinly veiled call for the United States not to rule out the possibility of a military strike against Iran because of its nuclear ambitions. Skip related content Related photos / videos Enlarge photo

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Past Member (0)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 7:43 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Uhoud Abdulmajeed (184)
Monday November 10, 2008, 12:00 am
Yes Iranian regime killer terrorist they will have thrie nuclurar bomb in

March 2009 they want to destroy occupay Iraq and destroy Israiel they must punished.

RC deWinter (418)
Monday November 10, 2008, 4:47 am
I am sick of the government of Israel trying to lead the US around by the nose. The Israeli government has never had any compunction about attacking their enemies - let them do it. Or better yet, let there be no more aggression.

Anita H (142)
Monday November 10, 2008, 9:10 am
This is truly scary. Thankyou Jackie. I had high hopes for Back and they are quickly being smashed. It appears Barack is just steppeing into Bush's shoes. Difference is he has won the people's hearts in the USA. It will be easy now to enforce the NWO with everyone on his side.????? Any thoughts on this anyone???? Please tell me i am wrong.

Anita H (142)
Monday November 10, 2008, 9:48 am
Obama quashes Iran's hopes for change

By Jim Muir
BBC News, Tehran

If anybody had hoped that Barack Obama's election victory would lead to a swift breakthrough in Washington's relations with one of its toughest adversaries, Iran, the honeymoon seems to be over before it even began.

Mr Obama said he would not react "knee-jerk" to Iranian congratulations

Many Iranians, including some officials, were thrilled by the stunning election victory, seeing it as offering hope of a radical change in US foreign policy and relations.

The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since shortly after the Islamic revolution in 1979, and tensions have risen recently over Iran's nuclear programme.

Both Mr Obama and his future vice-president, Senator Joseph Biden, have in the past advocated unconditional dialogue with Iran.

That was one reason behind the excitement generated in Iran by their election success.

No 'knee-jerk' response

That excitement led the country's quixotic president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to break with precedent and send a congratulatory message to the American president-elect.

But it swiftly became apparent that a whirlwind romance was out of the question, as political problems sprang up on both sides.

In Iran, both Mr Ahmadinejad's initiative and Mr Obama's cagey response drew fierce attacks from rival hard-line circles, where the political atmosphere is already heating up sharply in advance of Iranian presidential elections next June.

It signals a continuation of the erroneous policies of the past... Change has to be strategic, not just cosmetic

Ali Larijani
Iranian Speaker of Parliament

Obama's top foreign challenges

On the American side, while Barack Obama responded gracefully and personally to messages of congratulation from other world leaders, he held back from doing so with Mr Ahmadinejad, mindful of the political implications of such a gesture.

He said he would be reviewing the Iranian president's letter and responding appropriately, rather than reacting in a "knee-jerk fashion".

But Mr Obama made it clear that he will not be a soft touch when it comes to Tehran.

"Iran's development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening," he said.

"Iran's support of terrorist organisations, I think, is something that has to cease."

The Speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani - who has been sharply at odds with President Ahmadinejad over parliament's impeachment last week of the latter's interior minister - described Mr Obama's comments as a step in the wrong direction.

"It signals a continuation of the erroneous policies of the past," he said. "Change has to be strategic, not just cosmetic."

Hard-line Iranian newspapers on Sunday took up the theme of continuing American hostility to Iran and a common policy shared by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Some also pointed out that one of Mr Obama's first actions was to appoint as his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, whose background reportedly includes volunteer service in the Israeli army.

Reformist support

Some also criticised Mr Ahmadinejad directly for stretching out his hand to the American president-elect.

The right-wing daily Jumhouri Islami said his initiative was wrong on several counts.

If it was a prelude to reopening a dialogue with Washington, it said, such issues were of a magnitude which only Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was qualified to address.

President Ahmadinejad sent Mr Obama a congratulatory letter

Ironically, the main voices raised in support of Mr Ahmadinejad's overture came from the reformist camp, which favours dialogue with Washington and which is normally at loggerheads with the president.

The issue of opening a direct dialogue between Washington and Tehran is clearly a political minefield for both sides.

But that does not necessarily mean it will not happen.

As he pointed out in his remarks about President Ahmadinejad's letter, Mr Obama's hands are in any case tied until he takes office in January.

The economic and financial crisis will then be his obvious first priority.

But he has already singled out Iran and its pursuit of nuclear technology as a compelling foreign policy issue to be addressed, and he has not so far drawn back from the idea of direct talks, an approach long championed by Senator Biden.


Back in Tehran, much will depend on the position taken by Ayatollah Khamenei.

His addresses are often very tough on the United States.

But some Iranian officials say that he is not against a direct dialogue, if it is without preconditions and Iran's dignity is respected.

There is even some speculation about who might be qualified and authorised to conduct talks from the Iranian side.

The US remains unpopular with many Iranians

Only if a dialogue had the clear support of the Leader - who cannot be criticised - would it be likely to resist being torn to shreds in the shark-pool of Iranian factional politics.

If direct talks did get under way, it would clearly not be plain sailing.

Iranian officials and leaders remain adamant about what they see as their absolute right to pursue nuclear fuel enrichment, which they insist is only for peaceful power-generation purposes.

The Americans - apparently including Mr Obama - and others are convinced that Tehran is actually seeking to develop nuclear arms, and insist it must stop enrichment operations in exchange for imports of ready-enriched nuclear fuel and other inducements.

Some reformist leaders have suggested that the ascendant hard-liners don't really want normalisation with the US, on the grounds that continuing tension allows them to focus on external threats and silence their domestic critics.


David Gould (155)
Monday November 10, 2008, 10:04 am
Israel has always had its own agenda in the Middle East and seeks to enlist the West onto its side. There are good peace loving Jews in Israel who are appalled at what the state does in its there are good people in the West who are appalled at the war crimes commtted in their name.

But these people are not those in conmtrol of either the country, military or the mouths of its politicians. Obama is not yet in power and already lobbyists are trying to get his attendion and support. But I firmly believe he is a good man, a fair man and above all an intellegent man. Hopefully he will see through the hate filled rhetoric of this Isreali sabre rattling.

We know that Isreal has nuclear weapons. What gives any country the right to dictate who will and who will not have nuclear weapons or the technologies that go with them...if we are to say Iran must not have Nuclear Weapons why are we not saying that no one should have them. Make no mistake Nuclear Weapons are the most horrific development of mankind's desire to murder his fellows...they should be totally banned throughout the whole world. The money wasted on Nuclear Weapons could have cured cancer, built a well for all Africans, provided medication to Aids sufferers and ensured proper medical care was available to all...instead we have these insanely expensive things that we must never that is pure insanity.

As to the belicose statements of Israel they should be filed under N for nonsense...and please I am not being anti-semtic...I will support anyone who says Peace, Paz, Shallom, Salam and means it in their hearts...

I vote for peace, the whole peace and nothing but the whole peace...everytime.

Eleanor B (909)
Monday November 10, 2008, 11:07 am
I think it is horrific that the Israelis wish to see Iran bombed, invaded as Iraq has been. Is there no sense left on this planet? Israel has nuclear weapons and that must scare other nations in the Middle East as much as it does me. There are many decent people in Israel who find the hawkishnes of the government unacceptable; the abuse and murder and starvation of Palestinians as well. Who says Iran would bomb Israel with nuclear weapons if they ever had any? What on earth would make them start a nuclear holocaust where they too would all die. I am truly sick of all the hysterical anti-Iran propaganda. You are talking about people with lives who would die just as the Iraqis have done. I dislike intensely the Iranian government - their abuse of human rights sickens me but so does the abuse of human rights just about all over the globe. How come it is ok for India, Pakistan, the UK, China etc etc to have nuclear weapons but Iran not? Maybe Iran just wants to protect itself from Israel which is a warmongering state. This tossing about of the word evil dehumanises people. The people of Iran are not evil. They are human beings. And as for nuclear weapons, I am with you, David. Let's ban them worldwide. And let's think about peace not war. There has been enough.

Anita H (142)
Monday November 10, 2008, 11:25 am dear friend we do NOT want to go to war with Iran!! What is happening in Iraq is BECAUSE the US went in there in the first place and made it into a hellhole and free for all. NO we do NOT want more slaughter!!!

Anita H (142)
Monday November 10, 2008, 11:26 am
Israel is NOT Iraq's friend Uhoud must know that!

Anita H (142)
Monday November 10, 2008, 11:37 am
The Iranians wouldn't be there but for the US. And who has destroyed Iraq? It wasn't Iran.

Anita H (142)
Monday November 10, 2008, 12:39 pm

Enric Mestres Girbal (3)
Monday November 10, 2008, 1:57 pm
Probably that will be the best time to try a new policy towards the middle east countries, from Israel to Afghanistan. If the governments miss this oportunity, wars and terrorism will go on for ever. Lets give PEACE a chance. Iran was Bush phobia. Irak was Bush enterprise. Let's pull a sheet over the past and start a new era.

serge vrabec (278)
Monday November 10, 2008, 2:47 pm
In Reality , everyone really wants to unite. we are gathering diplomatic minds as well as practical and powerful ones that will acheive a peaceable world , and soon. The old middle east hubbad , is just that, gotten too old. The new stuff that appeals to all with fairness, integrity and sincere cooperation will wash away the old hurts and grudges to give the world the fresh start we ALL really desire. Great leadership and advisors are finally here again. Thx jackie.

Meenakshi Sharma (124)
Monday November 10, 2008, 10:11 pm
Anita, I tend to agree with David. In reality I think it is still a will be a shame President Elect Obama will shatter the hope of peace wityh Middle Eastern countries as whole world seems to have inveseted faith in him. The world has come together that he may be the one who can change the evil, toxin wind to a cool gentle breeze of hope, peace, compassion and freedom!! I am just hoping for that.....African American President of US made another history end of Occupation and Oppression in Palestine and friends with Syria and Iran and enough to Israel!!
love and peace

Uhoud Abdulmajeed (184)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 8:49 am
AniTa I know Israel is not friend with Iraq I know that Al Mosad killed more than 350 Iraqi sicentests I dont want war but I want punish to Iran Iranian hate Iraqi too except PMO Mpjaheedin they are with new Iraq hold peace because they are geasts to Iraq Do you know Iraq destroied and all of us knows that all of us knows that the Iranian mitia came over American tanks and they are important parts of current fack Iraqi goverment I dont want more dead more blood the troops must be withdraw and then Israil can attack Iran I dont want America to make a war with Iran there are millions of Iranian against Iranian regimw they can makw revilution and change there current bad goverment in Iran but they need assist Any way enough blood enough dead Iraq will return to us there are still fathful pepole agree to give there blood for free Iraq and the days will prove that ,
Love you Anita and thank you
Peace to all

pete O (242)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 9:40 am
Dialogue at this point may be interpreted as a sign of weakness
(po) Um ?!? dont children think in such terms ? Im not talking and I may also stamp my feet.
Punishment (revenge) unfortunatly Uhoud, is the very thing which keeps our hearts in such places, it is a great shame that the divide between the Sunni and Shia over man made lordship has lossed one of the true messages of Islam that of forgivness.

Eleanor B (909)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 11:04 am
Israel has no right to attack anyone. Are we supposed to approve the bombing of Iran by Israel? I find this a shocking suggestion. Israel as the US hardman of the middle east is to bomb Iran? If they didn't have US money they wouldn't be able to contemplate it. Without US money and support they wouldn't be killing the Palestinians. Is it not time something should be done to help the Palestinians? Or are they not seen as people? This was how the Nazis thought of the Jews and it is shocking that a people who suffered so much are prepared to behave like their former persecutors. And you want them let loose on the people of Iran? How much hatred can be in your heart?

Anita H (142)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 12:42 pm
Uhoud..HOW do you think Iran should be "punished"? That is what we are concerned with.
I think maybe Uhoud is being misunderstood a little with her English. I think she is feeling a lot of anger with the Iranians...justifiably so but again ..the none of the surrounding countries would be in there if the USA hadn't invaded so please Uhoud remember who is really the cause of Iraq's fall:

"These US sponsored militia groups are:

The Kurdish Peshmerga whose leaders supported the U.S. invasion and Occupation.

The Iranian-trained Badr Brigades,

The armed wing of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) led by Ibrahim Al-Jaaferi of the Da’wa party,

The INC militia of Ahmed Chalabi, and the INA militia of Iyad Allawi.

All these groups are involved in terrorist activities against Iraqi civilians. The latter three groups, entered Iraq on the back of U.S. tanks, without valid Iraqi citizenship papers."

We don't want to see ANY more slaughter. We don't want more babies, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, nephews, neices, grandmothers, grandfathers, and all the animals killed!!! We are very upset with our own government. It is after all the government who is to blame. NOT the people.
I love you Uhoud and hope you don't think i am being hard on you but we just want you to take your anger away from the people of Iran.

Locan S (209)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 12:48 pm
Thanks Jackie, noted. I have to admit no surprise to me. I am however VERY encouraged by the comments and very grateful that so many others are not duped.

Michelle R (13)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 10:28 pm
Personally, the more I have discovered and learned about the Jewish community/occupation in Israel, the more I am disgusted.

Read about Balfour.

pete O (242)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 4:17 am
Have a peeky

Elderberry T (201)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 11:28 am
Thanx Pete I had missed Zahra's post.
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