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February 19, 2013 5:10 pm

Despite Silence on Upcoming Talks, Israel’s Position on Iran is Clear

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President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting. Photo: White House.

Iran is expected to meet with world powers on February 26th in Kazakhstan to discuss its nuclear program, discussions Israel has little hope will be successful. Considering the gloomy outlook, what will Israel want out of the talks? According to Al-Monitor, despite Israel’s silence at the moment, its demands will be clear: The Jewish state will want the Obama administration and the European Union “to cast responsibility on [the] Iranians by blaming them for the talks’ failure in the clearest way possible.”

Al-monitor also reports that Israel will want the countries to make  “it perfectly clear that slogans such as ‘negotiations can’t go on forever,’ while the Iranians continue to arm themselves, are not mere rhetoric. They want them to act once the talks have failed, and in a way so severe that the Iranians themselves realize that they have gone too far, and that they face a greater threat than just Israeli military action. As far as the Israelis are concerned, the message should be that this time the entire West is threatening military action.”

Israel is maintaining its stance that  “a credible American military option”  is the ” only way that [President Obama] will be able to curb the uranium-enrichment program and prevent war.”

One recent development that Israel can point to is North Korea’s third nuclear test — a test which proved that the West’s vacillation can have dire consequences. Israel, however, unlike North Korea’s enemies South Korea and Japan, will be unwilling to accept a threat so close at hand. As Al-Monitor notes, “The Israelis will not live in constant fear of an enemy they perceive as committed to radicalism, nor will they allow for international condemnations to replace real measures.”

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  • Brian Goldfarb

    So, Jeff, what do you want? Another 6 million dead Jews? Plus, of course, 1 million Israeli Arabs, plus Christians, Bahai, Sudanese (some of whom are animists, etc)…Not forgetting that the fallout will affect the whole surrounding area (wouldn’t that be poetic justice?), and I do mean radioactive fallout.

    Or is Mahmoud Ahmanadinejad merely blowing air from his lungs when he declares that Israel must be destroyed, and the same is said by Iran’s proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Or are you just exercising your right of free speech without any thought of the content?

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Iran had been supported by the European unlikeness to act and even by some member cooperation.
    The reason is oil! The Arab world that is not even recognizing Israel as a state is the name of Muslim ideology, that supports the extremist-dictatorship of the extreme Muslim world.
    Israel is right to prevent such nation that publically had declared they hate and will to destroy them. The dictatorship guide by the Muslim fanatics is logically a treat to all base Christian western worlds.
    History teach, that they had not been successful invading Europe by God help, in three historic battle. USA-EU must help Israel all the way as they will be next in the line. God bless Israel.

  • alon baker

    I totally agree “acta non verba”…..

  • Jeff

    Israel wants this. Israel wants that. Israel wants another war for Israel. In case, you haven’t noticed the world is getting tired of Israel telling it what it shouldn’t do and so are many Americans who have watched the Hagel hearings and the comedy spoofs that followed.

    The squeaky wheel either gets some grease or is changed. I think it better if Israel, as well as Zach Pontz, just shuts up.

    • peter

      if you had a loaded machine gun close to your had, and the men order you to shuts up, what you will do, ? Write a protest, wet your panst , start to beg, the possibility are endless…