Israeli Officials Blast U.S. Iran Policy


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Since Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s visit to Israel last week, during which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu openly and in Panetta’s presence decried U.S. policy toward Iran as ineffective, Israeli media have been reporting further bitter charges against Washington by Israeli officials.

On Sunday Ynet, website of the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, reported that “the Obama administration’s efforts to calm down the Israeli government on the topic of Iran have not made an impression with Jerusalem decision makers,” and that

Senior officials…leveled severe criticism against the US, declaring that the American position on a date for a military strike against Iran was a “wretched red line.”

“The US’ stance is pushing the Iranians to become a country at the brink [of nuclear capability],” explained sources well versed in the nuclear issue. “The Americans are de facto allowing the Iranians to continue to enrich uranium and become a country at the brink. We are not prepared to allow that [to happen].”

Ynet quotes the officials as saying further:

“The Americans say that the ayatollahs’ decision to construct a bomb is the red line…. Who knows when they’ll decide and what they’ll decide.

“The centrifuges are spinning and the uranium enrichment level is growing significantly over the past few months. The Iranians are not impressed with the threats and continue on their path in spite of the heavy sanctions.”

And on Monday the daily Israel Hayom reported that a senior Foreign Ministry official had “slammed the U.S. administration for refusing to declare the P5+1 talks with Iran a failure.” Those talks have now stalled with no date set for a further round. And yet—centrifuges spinning and all—European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the chief Iranian negotiator have agreed to discuss things again at the end of this month.

“[T]he Iranians,” the Foreign Ministry official told Israel Hayom, “think that they are protected because of the talks,” and “added that many Israeli officials believed the coming elections were the reason behind the U.S.’s refusal to declare that the talks had broken down, as the administration did not want to be responsible for further rises in fuel prices.”

The mood of growing alarm about Iran, and growing frustration over the Obama administration’s failure to deal realistically with the problem, is only exacerbated by mounting global-jihad activity on Israel’s borders.

To the north, on Sunday analysts for the daily Haaretz warned of “growing involvement of Al-Qaida operatives in the fighting against the Syrian army,” with several thousand Al-Qaida fighters now in Syria and some of them “fully cooperating with the rebels’ Free Syrian Army.”

The immediate concern in Israel is that Al-Qaida and other global-jihad terrorists will encroach on Israel’s Golan Heights border with Syria, and the Israeli army has been preparing for that contingency—along with the even graver scenario of Assad’s chemical and biological weapons falling into terrorist hands.

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  • Nakba1948

    Is nothing good enough for you whining ZIonists? You have the US government wrapped around your finger, with American taxpayers shoveling billions of dollars to the Apartheid State every year. The US protects Israel from rightful condemnation in the United Nations and is pressured to abet the Zionists continued ethnic cleansing in Palestinian lands. You don't like US policy towards Iran? Not bellicose enough for you? Fine, stop taking our foreign aid, get your spies and stooges out of our government, and fend for yourself. You REALLY don't recognize how arrogant and hypocritical you are, do you? Zionism is a cancer on humanity.

    • Shalom Freedman

      This is another outstanding report on the security situation of Israel by P.David Hornik. Israel has a great interest in maintaining Intelligence and Security cooperation with Egypt. Egypt also would be wise to continue with this, and not allow Terror to operate and control Sinai. As for Hizbollah its missiles will cause damage in Israel in any future encounter, but it will know a kind of devastation that will certainly limit its roof- dancing abilities for years to come. The Palestinians who receive more aid per capita than anyone in the world continue to miss opportunities and so long as their line of ‘hate- Israel first’ dominates them they will continue to wallow in their own folly and self- pity. Propaganda seems the only thing they are capable of producing.
      The U.S. is mistaken in waiting for the last moment to stop Iran. The Iranians may be ahead of that ‘last moment’ Better two minutes sooner than one minute too late. It appears now that Israel is not going to rely on the U.S. but at this point we cannot know for certain.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      EternalNakba1948, I wish you were in Syria to get a taste of some REAL Nakba – at the hands of your sand nazi buddies. With any luck you'll fall victim to some jihadi animal.

      The more your buddies kill each other, the better off the world is.

      Happy Eternal Nakba!

    • CHOI

      The CANCER on Humanity is ISLAMIC JIHAD and the FAKE "Palestinians" who the Arab/Muslim world continues to pretend to "care about" BUT DON'T!
      How about CEASING your attempts to DESTROY Israel and REALIZE it's YOUR "Brothers" who are USING YOU as PAWNS ?
      YOUR FELLOW Arabs/Muslims have and continue to be the ONLY ones responsible for any Nakba you perceive.

    • Drakken

      The day is going to come where you jihadist loving sub human scum will get a taste of what you crave. There is war on the horizon and when it comes there will be no quarter and no mercy. Gaza will fire one rocket too many and all bets will be off, I only hope that Israel takes the gloves off and pushes that den of scum and villany into the sea and calles it a day.

    • Ghostwriter

      And another sterling example of Jew hatred from Nakba1948,who excels at whining.

    • Neal N. Blowme

      You and your pals are about to meet Allah. Good riddance.

    • Indio Viejo

      Your tirade is as old as anti-semitism. Nothing is true, everything is mostly sophistry, and I am sure people here know you for what you are; an agitator. But you need to be a lot smarter to have an effect. Knowing this then you are just venting for yourself. Typical narcissist.

    • UCSPanther

      Curious. Virtually all the wars recently have benefited the Saudis and their allies way more than the Israelis.

      Now try to explain that.

  • Dr. John

    The so-called Palestinian Nakba was self-inflicted–by turning down a generous two-state solution in 1947, which the Jewish side was prepared to accept. Inside, Nakba is a good metaphor for far-reaching self-inflicted harm in the Arab (and larger Muslim) world–see the Arab Development Report, written by Arab intellectuals for the UN. So long as "Nakba" is blamed on others there will not be a centimeter of progress.

    • Dr. John

      "Inside" is supposed to be "Indeed"

    • jerry sanders

      unbelievably ignorant posts by morons that research nothing. question nothing. what fools!!!!

      • Drakken

        Coming from a liberal/progressive like you, I'll take that as a compliment.

  • Pacifist1

    U.K. Bank Accused of Laundering Money for Iranian Terrorists
    By Michael Gormley, Associated Press
    Aug 6th, 2012
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/banking/

    ———————————————————————

    ALBANY, New York – A British bank schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from 2001 to 2007, leaving the United States financial system "vulnerable to terrorists," New York's financial regulator charged Monday.

    • SAM000

      During 2001 to 2007 TONY BLAIR as UK PM and JACK STRAW as UK FM, both from labor party were lobbying the Mullahs regime in EU and USA,
      UK convinced G.W. BUSH to invade Iraq, UK convinced G.W. BUSH to welcome Iran as 45th allied state to attack IRAQ.
      the huge stolen fortune of the Iranian Mullahs are in the UK Banks.
      UK Statesmen are known to be corrupted always by the Mullahs, Jack Straw the UK FM claiming to be a good Muslim and a Fidel FOLLOWER of KHAMENEII.
      Jack Straw was proud to have Mullah Khatami as friend.
      In a UK TV4 program Jack Straw explained that he had learned by heart the name of 12 Imams and the Islamic slogan statements, he claimed that when he was participating in the Islamic ceremonies, he was shouting the SALAVAT statement so loud that the Hezbollahies were shocked.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    While Obama and much of the press fixates on its usual obsession… setting up Jews for a second Holocaust, Islam is also hard at work laying waste to major portions of the world and preparing to impose Islamic rule over everybody and extinguishing their respective non-Islamic civilizations.

    Today It's the Gun and the Qur'an (Koran)…
    Tomorrow It Will Be Nukes and the Qur'an.

    Islam has destroyed every civilization it touched and brought misery, poverty, ignorance and war in every country that it invaded! Look at GAZA!

    "….."The land of Israel belongs to God, and He has decided to give it to the Jewish nation,
    in accordance with the covenant sealed on Mount Sinai, a covenant that no other nation
    was willing to undertake. After a long exile, we've returned home. We bear no malice toward anyone
    and seek no harm to anyone. But we will not surrender any portion of our land to foreign powers,
    and if foreigners rise up against us to destroy us, we will fight against them and,
    with God's help, we will destroy them."

    ~ Martin Wasserman

  • κατεργάζομαι

    On January 30, 2007, Senator Barack Obama introduced the -Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007- in a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate.
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/03/today_is_o

    MORE THAN FIVE YEARS LATER: The secret to Obama's Iraq 'success?'

    Do nothing.

    Side note: If ever there was a demonstration of contrast in intellectual acumen and sagacity it is between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – - and the professional jesters, President Barack Hussein Obama & his court fool, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

    • Raymond in DC

      None of that surprises. Put the CVs of Obama and Netanyahu side by side and tell me which one is better qualified to be Leader of the Free World. The only thing Obama has in his favor is the power of the office he holds.

  • Jerry

    Israel would be better served by striking now than after the election. By doing so Israel would be forcing Obama to assist or face the outrage of all of the Americans who support Israel. However, if Obama is re-elected the chances of him helping Israel is 0%

  • Pacifist1

    UK bank slumps after being linked to Iran terror
    The Sun‎
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012,
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4475349

    A BRITISH bank accused of exposing the US to terrorists by hiding secret deals with the Iranian government has seen £6BILLION wiped from its share prices this morning.

    It is said that some of the money could have helped Iran develop its nuclear weapons programme and finance terrorist groups including Hezbollah and Hamas.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      It was the british who released the convicted bomber of Pan Am 103, on "compassionate" grounds, the "passion" for libyan oil contracts for "bp" – "british petroleum".
      http://www.boycottscotland.com

    • Kufar Dawg

      I hope all decent citizens of the UK immediately withdraw all funds from Standard Chartered. Hopefully the
      bank will go under and their senior execs go to prison.

  • Marty

    In the end, Israel will have to do what it can to destroy or at least blunt the iranian intent on genocide without the support let alone cooperation of the United States. Most muslims in the region will quietly cheer the event though, as hypocritical and cowardly as ever, will publically condemn the Israeli action. As long as european anti-semitism runs rampant and the current administration remains in office, Israel remains alone. The one advantage to being alone is that it is a status that enables Israel to do anything required for its survival. In the meantime, new allies are on the horizon: India daily recalls the islamic slaughter of 80 million Hindus and the coerced conversion of tens of millions more and China has begun to appreciate the islamic menace in its western provinces. In the years to follow we should witness new alliances being forged against the muslim intention to establish a global caliphate over the bodies of billions of non-muslims.

    • Kufar Dawg

      A military alliance between India, Israel and China would be fine by me — especially as long as we have an islamofascist regime in the W.H. The zero, by embracing islamofascism, is the enemy of freedom and liberty everywhere, incl. the US.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The civilized world needs to support the opposition in Persia.

    The Persian people have been oppressed by the ayatollahs since the statanic khomeni returned to the islamic republic.

    iran will fall to the Persian people and the brutal ayatollahs will hang by the neck.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'd like to believe that, but the fact is, aside from the USSR I can't think of one case in which a totalitarian state has been overthrown purely through the actions of its citizens.

  • Bert

    Today about 2/3 of U.S. Jews still support Obama. Leading Jewish leftists still claim that Obama is the 'best friend' that Israel ever had in the White House. This has the effect of weakening Israel's friends among the American public that supports Israel. Israel needs the backbone to finally declare that they no longer have any trust in the Obama administration – neither its competence nor its intentions. This action will cut the legs off of all those Americans who want to credit Obama with being pro Israel. Israel's leaders must go public with this realizations and not just have it reported in minor news outlets.

  • watsa46

    Is Bibi forgetting that for Muslims, life is worthless and therefore Egypt does not care how many are killed. It is all for Allah. On the other hand, until proven otherwise, Pr. O and its foreign policy advisers are at war with the US.

  • 080

    You would have to be particularly stupid not to see that in the Middle East there is only one story: American retreat and Soviet breakout. Not only now but for the past 50 years.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Simplistic explanations for the simple minded.

  • JOHN

    This nakba guy , wow ! Indoctrinated with lefty lies . So confident and sure of his ideology . Mean while back in reality , Islamic terrorist attacks world wide approach 20,000 since 9/11. the death toll from jihad in the name of islam is near 300 million – the death toll from the rise of socialism/communism 100 million + —- NAKKY BABY , are you even remotely aware of any thing ? ?