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Netanyahu demands 'red line' on Iran

2012-09-27 22:33

New York - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded Thursday that the international community impose a red line on Iran to prevent it from enriching enough uranium for a nuclear bomb.

"The hour is late, very late," Netanyahu said, alleging Iran was already 70% of the way through the process of enriching enough uranium to fuel a bomb, and must be prevented from reaching the 90% level.

The Israeli leader even used the world stage at the UN to present a cardboard diagram of a bomb with different levels on it, drawing a thick red line across it with a marker pen for dramatic effect.

"Faced with a clear red line Iran will back down," he said, insisting in a address to the United Nations General Assembly that imposing an ultimatum on Tehran would not provoke war but help prevent it.

Israel has warned that it could launch military action against Iran in order to prevent it reaching a certain nuclear threshold, and has urged the international community to force Tehran to abandon its atomic quest.

Iran denies it is building a nuclear weapon and has dismissed the Israeli threat.

US President Barack Obama vowed in his address to the United Nations on Tuesday that he would prevent Iran from getting the bomb but his administration has repeatedly rejected imposing a red line on Tehran.

"At stake is the future of the world," Netanyahu said. "Nothing could imperil our future more than an Iran armed with nuclear weapons.

He recounted a long list of "terrorist" attacks which he blamed to Iran, and warned that "given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine this aggression with nuclear weapons.

Real world

"If their terror networks armed with atomic bombs, who among you would feel safe in the Middle East? Who would be safe in Europe? Who would be safe in America? Who would be safe anywhere?" he asked.

And he warned that the international community could not rely on its own arsenals to deter Iranian aggression, denouncing Iranian leaders as religious fanatics who would be quite prepared to sacrifice their own population.

With relations between Netanyahu and Obama already viewed as frosty, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this month highlighted the policy split further when he rejected Israel's "red lines" outright.

"The fact is, look, presidents of the United States, prime ministers of Israel or any other country - leaders of these countries don't have, you know, a bunch of little red lines that determine their decisions," Panetta said.

"What they have are facts that are presented to them about what a country is up to, and then they weigh what kind of action is needed to be taken in order to deal with that situation," he told Foreign Policy magazine.

"I mean, that's the real world. Red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner."

Comments
  • wicher.timmerman - 2012-09-27 23:03

    Who's talking while possessing over 200 nukes and refusing to sign the non-prolifiration pact?

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-09-28 00:44

      Exacty! This group of racists israelis running the Government of isreal are a bunch or thugs spoiling for war.

      juannepierre - 2012-09-28 05:01

      Come on... Are you retarded? If Israel had to do that there would be war.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:46

      The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel and denies the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterminated. It is dishonest, highly repressive, and self-serving at the expense of the Iranian people and humanity. It's days are numbered, and it knows this. That's why it is trying to make a dash for nuclear weapons, a dash it will not be allowed to fulfill. Ever.

      customdesign - 2012-09-28 08:34

      The number is between 75 and 400- if I were Iran I would grow myself some very big ears

      guy.brown.9277 - 2012-09-28 09:58

      @wicher Israel havent even allowed UN inspectors into what are deemed "sensitive sites" yet this is ok. Iran have the right to Nuclear Energy just as we do.

      ianon.ym - 2012-09-28 10:46

      Since Israel is Nuclear and the Iranian's, as per their claim - only want enriched uranium for nuclear fueled power, it would be pretty much a one-sided fight. Israel simply wants to dominate the region - like it dominates the Palestinians and is dare say, scared s..less of loosing the advantage of being the only nuclear force within the region. I hope Iran takes warmongering Netanyahu's continued threat with a smile.

  • ramabulana - 2012-09-27 23:24

    Blablabla

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 05:59

    barak obama and nicholas sarkozy were not joking when they said nutjobyahoo was annoying and irritating!!,besides being delusional, nuttingyahoo is also a paranoid homicidal freak!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:48

      I'd like to see your reaction if your neighbor threatened to destroy you, your family and your home.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 19:48

      @Fred - You don't have to look very far - see what Israel did to the Palestinians.

  • scholesss - 2012-09-28 06:07

    if israeal gets..attacked.we would see world war 3....this is the boiling point of world war ...\r\n\r\nwest vs middle east n\r\n asia

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-09-28 06:19

    History from earliest times has shown the impossibility of peace in that reagion unless it is enforced peace facilitated by a dominant and strong power....consider ancient times through Greek and Roman and Ottoman till today. If the power base moves East to Iran will the world be a safer and better place.....I seriously doubt it. Rather keep the Israelis dominant, they at least appear to operate mostly off rational principles even if they have extremist fractions.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 07:18

      The Iranians have a 5000+ year old proud history in the region and have never been aggressors, especially in modern times. There is nothing rational about people whose claim to a materialistic asset is based on some mythical agreement with a god who might not even exist. Why should Arabs and Persians accept this foreign domination.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:49

      There's nothing rational about a person who believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom, Fidel. Your exact words in the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago.

      guy.brown.9277 - 2012-09-28 09:52

      Operate mostly off rational principles... hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-28 10:11

      Fidel, I see you haven't fideled off to live in one of these paragons of righteousness. If that God doesn't exist then the God of Islam does not exist, since they are the same God. Islam are simply those people who follow the prophet Mohammed, Christianity are those who believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the son of God, and the Jews are those who believe that the aforementioned are all deluded. It appears to me that they are all as deluded as you who believes that Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Iran and other countries of that ilk are good places to live.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 11:34

      It's getting a bit late to enter into an off-topic discussion on such a major issue. You need to take a course in remedial reading. It will help you understand better what others are actually saying. Your post presupposes that how those people live in their own countries is any of your business. It isn't!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-28 11:50

      Ancestors don't exist any longer either.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 20:04

      @Fred - what is your point? Firstly, your comments has nothing to do with article, Secondly, if Fidel did make such a statement, he is entitled to his opinion. Is SA not a free country? Are we not entitled to our opinions? Who made you the Judge? Israel that would explain a lot. I can see why nobody pays any attention to you, you are loosing your zionist following as well.

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-28 06:43

    Nuttyyahoo wants to fight. He wants to send mummy america for iran. Mummy mummy ahmedinijad is troubling me! Put red line on him! Bwaaaaa!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:50

      Stupid and ill-informed.

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-28 06:51

    Iran will never drop a nuke on Isreal simply because the land is too fertile to waste and the radiation therafter will kill everything and no1 can live there. The whole dispute is over land in Israel, so even though Iran wants to wipe out zionists, they will find another way to do so but not nuclear for sure.

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-28 06:55

      And besides, the area itself is considered sacred. It will be a serious thing in the middle east if Iran should do so. The Arab world would probably all take up arms with Iran. (Iran is also a shia country)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 07:23

      You are spot on, the nuclear issue has been a very good diversion for the crazy religious hawks in Israel who are determined to wipe off the West Bank on the map. It has provided a muffling sound for the cement mixers and bulldozers demolishing Palestinian homes. No one is talking about the illegal settlements anymore re Israel but its sabre rattling towards Iran.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:51

      The only person with crazy beliefs is you Fidel. Who in their right mind would believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. From this same distorted mind comes the ideas you espouse on this page.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-28 10:13

      Iranians are also not Arabs, whatever their religious affiliation. They only manipulate their relationships with Arab nations to suit their own crazy religious ends.

  • augustine.nyawaranda - 2012-09-28 07:13

    that must be gud idea

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-28 07:43

    I don't think anyone will attack Israel . The likelihood is that Israel will attack Iran. Simple solution really, Israel gives up its nuclear weapons and Iran stops its nuclear weapons programme ( if indeed there is one). Israel would tell the world to get lost and hang on to their weapons of mass destruction. I think the way Israel is talking, they present a real threat to world peace. Go figure!

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-09-28 08:21

    Paranoid Fruitcake. Is that what he thinks of the World Leaders, Idiots, that they dont understand what it means, instead he has to pull out a drawing as simple as that? What's next he's gonna start teaching us to count to the quickest way to the number of Nukes his beloved Israel has? If you gonna pull out a diagram, make it some complicated Nuclear-Science-Crap!

      richard.bosmano - 2012-09-28 10:54

      You forget president Zuma needs pictures drawn to understand china

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 19:56

      The only thing missing on that picture is a chicken swinging above his head.

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