Britain and US ‘have no moral right to prevent Israel acting against Iran’
by:: Adrian Blomfield, Jerusalem and David Blair of the UK Telegraph
The Israeli prime minister’s words followed a secret visit by an unnamed British official last month, who is understood to have delivered a warning from David Cameron against attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Mr Netanyahu wants America to lay down clear “red lines” beyond which Iran would risk war by pressing on with its nuclear ambitions. He fears that Iran is successfully playing for time while the nuclear programme advances. In response, Mr Netanyahu is pressing Washington to impose a deadline on diplomatic efforts to resolve the confrontation.
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, appeared to turn him down on Monday, saying publicly that America was “not setting deadlines for Iran”.
Mr Netanyahu delivered a caustic response Monday, saying that under these circumstances, no one could expect Israel to remain patient. “The world tells Israel to wait because there is still time,” said Mr Netanyahu. “And I ask: wait for what? Until when? Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”
This approach would only embolden Iran, warned Mr Netanyahu. “If Iran knows that there is no red line or deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it is doing today – continuing to work unhindered towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and, from there, nuclear bombs,” he said
The prime minister’s language will increase fears that Israel is intent on launching a unilateral strike on Iran.
Some observers see Mr Netanyahu’s threats to attack Iran as hollow, believing that Israel does not have a viable military option. They judge that Mr Netanyahu’s real aim is to ensure that the US and European powers continue to maximize the pressure on Tehran,
particularly by imposing tougher sanctions.
However, his threats were taken seriously enough for Mr Cameron to send a senior British envoy to Israel to convey his concern. Sources confirmed that this official, whose identity has not been disclosed, saw Mr Netanyahu about two weeks ago. A British diplomat in Jerusalem and the Israeli prime minister’s office declined to comment.
Mr Netanyahu’s tough approach has apparently earned Washington’s displeasure, with reports in the Israeli press last night claiming that President Barack Obama has turned down a request from Mr Netanyahu for a meeting during the United Nations general assembly later this month. An unnamed Israeli official said the Israeli prime minister had been told by the White House that there was not room in the presidential schedule.
Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Mr Obama, dismissed the report, saying that the President and Mr Netanyahu were not meeting because they would not be in New York at the same time.
However, he did not address the claim that Mr Netanyahu was prepared to travel to Washington in order to meet at the White House.
The two leaders have had a testy relationship, with Mr Netanyahu once lecturing the president in the Oval Office on the importance of US support for Israel. Obama officials have also expressed frustration at how Mr Netanyahu has consistently pressurised them to adopt an aggressive posture towards Tehran.
The US believes diplomacy can still deliver a solution before Iran achieves the ability to build a nuclear weapon. Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, said this threshold would be reached in “a little more than a year”. He said: “We think we will have the opportunity, once we know that they’ve made that decision, to take the action necessary to stop [Iran].”
Mr Panetta told CBS: “We have the forces in place to be able to not only defend ourselves, but to do what we have to do, to try to stop them from developing nuclear weapons.”
Note from the Common Constitutionalist: They all have to go, Obama, Clinton, Panetta, et al. Diplomacy will not work with Iran. Heck, it never works anywhere with anyone. Iran will simply never stop until they reach their goal or are forced to stop.
America and the UK are willing to chatter on and wait until Israel is annihilated and then simply point fingers and blame someone else. What is Netanyahu to do? The fate of his entire nation rests on this decision. He does not have the geographic luxury to fiddle about with a bunch of idle talk. Iran is less than 1,000 miles from Israel. With one strategically placed short-range nuclear missile, Israel is effectively gone.
Frankly, they may not even wait to produce a weapon. Considering the recent alliances they have or are forging with the Brotherhood controlled countries, effectively surrounding Israel, Iran will be able to attack Israel from all sides.
Considering all that has transpired in the past few days, might the Obama and Cameron administrations see the light and stand with Israel? The short answer; NO!
With extermination a possibility, I wouldn’t wait either.