|Lieberman: Israel is on its own with Iran|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 13 February 2007 17:00|
|Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Minister for Strategic Affairs, and who famously had words with Solana following his appointment to the government in regards to his beliefs that Arabs to be expelled from Israel, has stated Israel is on its own when it comes to the nuclear crisis in Iran. Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, compiled a document summarizing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme, and stated that the EU could not prevent Iran from obtaining enough Uranium to build a nuclear bomb by diplomatic efforts alone. Lieberman said Israel could not wait idly by while Iran develops weapons of mass destruction. He also criticized Solana's document, calling it a surrender to President Ahmadinejad. |
Quote: "Lieberman has criticized the EU report. "Any surrender to Iran can only encourage the aggressiveness and unbridled aspirations of this country, which wants to foist its power on the Middle East," he said pointedly.
And he is right. Ahmadinejad now knows that the European Union does not believe it will get anywhere with Iran, and the President will have no reason to comply with UN resolutions. Ahmadinejad also knows that the EU will not launch a strike against the country, but will be prepared to put up with a nuclear-armed Iran. That only leaves the US and Israel, and a US strike on Iran is problematic at best with the Democrats taking control of the government. Only Israel has the political resolve to carry out the mission, as its very existence is at stake. And Lieberman isn't the only one advocating action be carried out against Iran. Former Director of Israeli Intelligence Agency Mossad, Meir Amit, has proposed Israel carry out Ahmadinejad's desire to become a shahid, by assassinating him.
Quote: "Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the Israeli intelligence establishment, said while he was director of the Mossad from 1963 to 1968 he regularly argued against the assassination of world leaders. But he said the case of Ahmadinejad is different. "Ahmadinejad is the pusher of all the Muslim world toward fanaticism and extremism. In his case, he should be made to disappear from the arena. He has said he wants to become a shahid, a martyr, so I think he should get his wish and be sent to heaven," Amit said.
I doubt assassinating the President would be a good idea though. Ahmadinejad may do more damage to Israel dead than alive, becoming a hero-like figure for Islamic terrorist organizations, and spurring on more Muslims to fight against Israel. The nuclear facilities should be taken out as soon as possible though.