Friday, August 29, 2008

Israel Will not Let Iran Go Nuclear

The sanctions imposed on Iran by the US and EU so far have had no effect on Iran's nuclear program. Israel, which is constantly threatened by Ahmadinejad, has decided to prepare for a military strike against Iran if it is close to achieving it's nuclear goals. Israel believes it has a year and half to two years before Iran can build nuclear bombs.

The US is pushing Israel to take a more defensive stance to the situation. The US has refused to sell Israel advanced US-made warplanes, but has offered permission to use a global early warning radar system. But Israel cannot afford to wait for an attack because of it's lack of strategic depth. Jerusalem Post

Ephraim Sneh a veteran Labor MK which has left the party recently, has sent a document to both US presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. The eight-point document states that "there is no government in Jerusalem that would ever reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran. When it is clear Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, an Israeli military strike to prevent this will be seriously considered."

According to Ma'ariv, Sneh offered the two candidates the "sane, cheap and the only option that does not necessitate bloodshed." To prevent Iran's nuclear aspirations, Sneh wrote, "real" sanctions applied in concert by the US and Europe is necessary. A total embargo in spare parts for the oil industry and a total boycott of Iranian banks will topple, within a short time, the regime which is already pressured by a sloping economy and would be toppled by the Iranian people if they would have outside assistance.
Austria and Switzerland have recently made investments in Iranian gas and oil fields. Sneh travelled to those two countries to try to persuade those two countries not to invest in Iran.
Hearing his hosts speak of their future investments, Sneh replied quietly "it's a shame, because Ido will light all this up." He was referring to Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, the recently appointed commander of the Israeli Air Force and the man most likely to be the one to orchestrate Israel's attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, should this become the necessity.

"Investing in Iran in 2008," Sneh told his Austrian hosts, "is like investing in Krups Steelworks in 1938, it's a high risk investment." The Austrians, according to Sneh, turned pale.

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