(Video courtesy EuroNews Monday 30 Sept)
Tzachi Hanegbi: In his UN speech, PM was telling Iran that Israel will take action ‘even if the Americans will be prevented from acting against you’ by Raphael Ahren in The Times of Israel, October 2, 2013
|Tzachi Hanegbi with PM Netanyahu (Miriam Alster/Flash90)|
Asked whether, rhetoric aside, Israel could actually strike at Iran when the US president was engaged with Tehran in a diplomatic effort to resolve the nuclear crisis, Hanegbi dismissed such a scenario. “The non-diplomatic option will only become applicable once it is clear that the diplomatic option failed,” he said. “Since the American president clarified what he expects in the diplomatic realm, it is clear that if this doesn’t work, he couldn’t come and complain to any other player.”
However, a senior official in the prime minister’s delegation to the US told The Times of Israel Wednesday that a preemptive Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities remains a viable option even while Washington is engaged in a diplomatic process with Tehran.
“The prime minister was very clear about it. He said that that option is still on the table,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It is not the preferred option, as we prefer a successful solution to the crisis through diplomatic means, but it’s always on the table.”
In his comments to The Times of Israel, Hanegbi added that “the prime minister’s position represents the State of Israel, and he is very skeptical about Iran’s willingness to give up on a dream they have tried to advance for more than 15 years.”
Hanegbi, who is considered close to the prime minister, also noted that Netanyahu’s speech included a “hardening of positions” regarding Jerusalem’s demands of Iran, as for the first time he required that Iran close its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, as well as its facilities at Qom and Arak.
Any “meaningful” diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff would require four steps, Netanyahu told the UN: “First, cease all uranium enrichment… Second, remove from Iran’s territory the stockpiles of enriched uranium. Third, dismantle the infrastructure for nuclear breakout capability, including the underground facility at Qom and the advanced centrifuges in Natanz. And, four, stop all work at the heavy water reactor in Arak aimed at the production of plutonium.”
In an op-ed in Israel National News, Italian journalist, Giulio Meotti of Il Foglio, assesses that
Obama is Sacrificing Israel on an Iranian Deal Altar
"It is now on the table: Obama prefers implementing his policy towards the Arab world to ensuring Israel's existence.
Barack Obama is sacrificing Israel on the altar of the deal he wishes to broker with Iran.
The Jewish State should unilaterally act against the Iranian nuclear program, as Prime Minister Netanyahu warned in his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, October 1, but it is currently more probable that Ayatollah Khamenei will arm himself with nuclear bombs.
(Video of PBS NewsHour's report)
Because Obama's damage to Israel's deterrence has already been immense. Under the possible deal with Washington, Teheran will preserve the 20 per cent level of uranium enrichment that will turn Iran into a "nuclear threshold state".
Obama will accept that. Obama's record against Israeli Jews is long and abundant. He is the most anti-Semitic US president ever.
(Video: CNN Int'l)
The Obama Administrations fomented a war on Jerusalem and treated Israel like a banana republic. Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory."
Israeli Arabist Prof. Mordechai Kedar analyzes the Obama - Netanyahu - Rohani Mexican-standoff in our exclusive interview from his U.S. visit.
"Obama said in front of an Israeli parterre in Jerusalem: “See the world through the eyes of Palestinians”. And "peace must not be made through occupation". Obama not only backs the Muslims; he identifies with them and asks the Jews to commit suicide.
Obama sees the Israeli Jews as “disturbers of the peace.” He wants to see them so disheartened that in the end they will choose not to fight, but to surrender.
Obama has become very dangerous for the Judeo-Christian civilizations and values. He backed Egypt's Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, who called Jews "apes" and "pigs", and appeased Iran's leaders, who want to incinerate the Jewish State and its people.
Like the cowardly British diplomats who flew to Munich to sign the Sudetenland over to Hitler, Obama has forsaken the Jewish State. And as Arthur Neville Chamberlain sold out the brave Czech democracy to “Herr Hitler,”- as Winston Churchill called him - Obama bowed to Iran’s Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Khamenei.
Under the Obama Administrations, a malignant growth has raised its head: anti-Jewish legislation in Judea and Samaria, “the occupied territories”. By imposing a freeze on “settlement”, Obama's Trojan horse against the Jews, the White House sent Islamists the message that this is a right which the Israelis are willing to waive under threat (his) and force.
To demand that Jews pull out from anywhere in Judea and Samaria is a bid to make the first “Jew-free zone” since Nazi Third Reich. This will be Obama's legacy in the Middle East. Obama also threatened Israel many times with "total isolation".
Obama called for the implementation of UN Resolution 181 – Israel's withdrawal to the 1947 borders (evacuation from Nahariya, Nazareth, Jaffa, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat and Be'er Sheva!).
He would also let political Islam to destroy everything Jewish in Jerusalem's "holy basin", which Obama already has said he would give to the Arabs.
By seeking to force Israel to cease building in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, Obama legitimized the Islamist zeal for the eviction of 300,000 Jews who live in parts of Jerusalem that were illegally occupied by Jordan between 1948 and 1967. Obama’s de-legitimization of post-1967 Jerusalem is nothing less than a renewed “Judenrein” policy.
First Obama served the Jews to their Arab enemies on a silver platter through his terrible Cairo speech. Then he strangled the Jewish "settlers." Now he is wants to force Israel to offer her throat to Iran's knife.
Obama casts a sinister and malevolent glance at the history of the Jewish people."
Israel's General Press Office released this compendium from Prime Minister Netanyahu's TV interviews today.Israel's General Press Office released this compendium from Prime Minister Netanyahu's TV interviews today.