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Israel revives efforts to curb Iranian nuclear program after Obama’s reelection

Published: 23/12/2012 05:08:00 AM GMT
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Tel Aviv: Soon after the reelection of US President Barack Obama, Israel has again started its mission to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, which is allegedly threatening to the Jewish state, led by the United States and the Jewish mission also includes the possible military action against Iran.

By Farhan Iqbal


Tel Aviv: Soon after the reelection of US President Barack Obama, Israel has again started its mission to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, which is allegedly threatening to the Jewish state, led by the United States and the Jewish mission also includes the possible military action against Iran.

This was disclosed by the Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Moshe Yaalon, who said that Israel has resumed its efforts to curb Iranian nuclear program and is ready to attack Tehran alone as a last resort.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set out a mid-2013 “red line” for tackling Iran’s uranium enrichment project. The West says that this program is aimed at developing the means to build atomic bombs. Tehran denies this, saying it is enriching uranium solely for peaceful civilian uses.

Yaalon told media that Israel knew there would be no movement on the issue before the US election in November, but had expected a renewed effort after the vote. “And indeed it has been renewed,” he said. He cited contacts among the six world powers – the United States, Russia, France, China, Britain and Germany – and Iran about holding new nuclear negotiations, ongoing sanctions against Iran, “and preparations, mainly American for now, for the possibility that military force will have to be used.”

The world powers said last week that they hope to agree with Iran soon on when and where to meet. There have been suggestions it could happen this month, though January now seems more likely.

On the other hand, Iran’s top nuclear official said that there would be no halt to uranium enrichment to 20 percent fissile purity.

A former armed forces chief who belongs to Netanyahu’s rightist Likud party, Yaalon questioned Obama’s resolve on Iran during the Democratic president’s first term. By contrast, Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, the lone centrist in Netanyahu’s coalition government, argued in Obama’s favor.

Yaalon is a frontrunner to succeed Barak, who has announced he will retire from politics after Israel’s January 22 election.

On Monday, Barak reiterated Israel’s determination to deny Iran the capability to make a bomb. Israel, widely assumed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal, sees a nuclear-armed Iran as a mortal threat.

Speaking to Jewish leaders in New York, Barak acknowledged the limitations of Israeli forces against Iran’s distant, dispersed and well-defended nuclear facilities.

He said, “The Iranians are deliberately trying to create a level of redundancy and protection for their program, what we call the ‘zone of immunity’. Once they enter the zone of immunity, fate will be out of our hands.”

“The state of Israel was founded precisely so that our fate would remain in our own hands,” he added.



Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Vice Prime Minister

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