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Netanyahu speech dampens war speculation

2012-09-28 17:27

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's UN speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year.

Analysing Thursday's address in which Netanyahu literally drew a "red line" on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to building nuclear weaponry, commentators saw his deadline for any military action falling in early or mid-2013, well after US elections in November and a possible snap Israeli poll.

"The 'decisive year' of 2012 will pass without decisiveness," wrote Ofer Shelah of Maariv newspaper on Friday.

Without explicitly saying so, Netanyahu implied Israel would attack Iran's uranium enrichment facilities if they were allowed to process potential weapons-grade material beyond his red line.

Maariv and another mass-circulation Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, said spring (northern hemisphere) 2013 now looked like Netanyahu's target date, given his prediction that by then Iran may have amassed enough 20%-enriched uranium for a first bomb, if purified further.

But the front pages of the liberal Haaretz and pro-government Israel Hayom newspapers cited mid-2013 - Netanyahu's outside estimate for when the Iranians would be ready to embark on the last stage of building such a weapon, which could take only "a few months, possibly a few weeks".

Reluctant to eleborate

Iran, which denies it is seeking nuclear arms, said Netanyahu's speech made "baseless and absurd allegations" and that the Islamic Republic "reserves its full right to retaliate with full force against any attack". Israel is widely assumed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal.

Israeli diplomats were reluctant to elaborate on Netanyahu's speech, saying its main aim was to illustrate the threat from Tehran.

Asked on Israel's Army Radio whether Netanyahu had signalled he would strike in the spring if US and European Union sanctions fail to curb Iran's nuclear work, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said: "No, no, I would not go that far."

"The prime minister clarified a message to the international community [that] if they want to prevent the next war, they must prevent a nuclear Iran," Lieberman added.

Netanyahu's increasingly hawkish words on Iran in recent weeks and months strained relations with US President Barack Obama, who has resisted the calls to set Tehran an ultimatum while fending off charges by his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, that he is soft on Israel's security.

Netanyahu praised Obama's resolve in his UN address, which the prime minister described as advancing their "common goal" - a strong signal that Israel would not blindside Washington with a unilateral attack on Iran.

Netanyahu's political worries

Israel Hayom pundit Dan Margalit said the speech constituted "an almost explicit acknowledgment that he [Netanyahu] is declaring a truce in the public argument between him and the president. At least, until after the [US] election".

Netanyahu has political worries too, given deadlock in his coalition government over the 2013 budget which, if not ratified by December, could trigger an early Israeli election next year.

In a broadcast editorial, Army Radio depicted war with Iran as no longer an imminent dilemma troubling the prime minister.

Instead, the station said, Netanyahu would have to decide "whether he is going to elections sooner, in January, February, or maybe March, or whether he will be able to pass the budget, take care of the Iranian issue and then go to elections in October [2013] as scheduled".

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said this month that Washington would have "about a year" to stop Iran should it decide to cross the threshold of producing nuclear weaponry - a more expansive timeline than that put forward by Israel.

That could spell fresh clashes between the allies over Tehran's continued 20% uranium enrichment, a process the Iranians say they need for medical isotopes but that also brings the fissile material much closer to weapons grade.

An Israeli official briefed on the government's Iran strategy cautioned against interpreting dates Netanyahu gave at the United Nations as deadlines, saying the preparations had already been made for military strikes.

"When he says Iran will have a bomb by this-or-that point in time, that in no way means the war option must wait until then," the official said. "There are other considerations to the timing - operational and strategic."

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-28 17:35

    Yea right. Israel is going to tell I-am-a-Jihad when he will attack. Surprise coming up.

      jaba.kov - 2012-09-28 17:56

      All part of a plan. When Israel destroyed the Iraqi nuclear site in the 80's... There was no warning (saved Kuwait in th 90's). When Israel destroyed the nuclear plant in Syria 5 years ago ... Again no warning (giving a fighting chance to the Syrian civilians to free themselves from the butcher of Damascus - Assad.) All the talk now means one thing - no attack, just a warning... Which has working btw.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-09-28 18:38

      Watch-out Israel. That Nuclear bomb might explode in your own face. US is not suppoting your call for war. Don't be surprise if Russia and South Korea form an alliance with Iran. The Iranians are no fools either. Don't judge them like another Iraq

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-28 18:52

      shakes, South Korea? You need a compass.

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-09-28 17:49

    Sorry for all the war-lovers following this story. Gladly Netanyahu is seeing sense in the democratic way-a political solution

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-28 18:06

    The Israeli's aren't fools and won't be fooled like their enemies!

  • yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-09-28 18:18

    This Netanyahu clown predicted in 1992 that Iran would have nuclear arsenal in 5 years.Its 20 years later.Irans uranium enrichment is currently at 19%.Weapons grade uranium is 99%,which would take another 6 years if they are interested in nuclear warfare.Iran has not invaded or attacked a foreign country in over 300 years,cant say the same for western super powers.Iran is within its right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and should be left the hell alone

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-28 18:29

      Israel is hated because of its superior intellect.Having seen that image of the bomb I think he should not worry much as it constitutes an late 18th century fused cannon ball or hand grenade.

      yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-09-28 18:37

      Agreed.Even more reason to leave Iran at peace

      yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-09-28 18:38

      Agreed.Even more reason to leave Iran at peace

      john32 - 2012-09-28 18:58

      but the Iranians also said they want to wipe Israel off the map?

      yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-09-28 19:05

      Ummm no? Their president said it has no right to exist in its current oppressive form.Iran has not harmed any israelis

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 19:54

      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 is why it is trying to make a dash for nuclear weapons. Just two weeks ago the IAEA, the same agency that tried to dissuade the US from invading Iraq, said there are now clear indications that the Iranian regime is intent on developing these weapons.

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-09-28 21:06

      The comment about Iran wanting to see Israel destroyed was a misinterpretation and pure propagation. Look it up, the MSM admitted the "mistake" in translation. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not a western pawn and speaks the truth!! Look up his interview with Debra Walters and take the time to listen to his UN address. Peace and love was mentioned over 30 times! ;)

      yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-09-28 21:55

      Lol sarel,was that the best rebuttal you could come up with?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 18:34

    Netayahoo is a deranged raving lunatic that disgraces his countrymen!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 19:55

      Fidel, unfortunately the same could be said about you. Which South African in their right mind would believe and say that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom, as you did in the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago?

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

      @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.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:23

      The point is that in believing such an obviously wrong belief, and holding such an obviously wrong prejudice and hatred for the West, his perspective is obviously faulty. Beliefs create our perspective. They in fact create our personal realities.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:25

      Your last sentence gives away your own immature prejudice. You're at risk of being left behind. 100 million Muslims have thrown out the lies told to them by unelected dictators and Jihadists and are joining the freer, modern world. Will you?

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-28 20:51

      @fred.Forgive me,but im getting the impression that u starting to comment to urself.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 22:47

      And you are able to deduce all of this from my post. With such powerful deductive skills, you should be able to solve other world mysteries such as Big Foot. Nutsnyahoo is a madman that should be put away in a secure unit for the world's safety if not for the sake and safety of millions living in Israel and Iran. No wonder Obama and others will ignore his loony toons drawings!

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 02:12

      @fred - the only one with issues here is YOU - 'Beliefs create our perspective. They in fact create our personal realities'. I think you are a sick person. Maybe you should apply for leave, don't worry - I think you will get paid, if not, take them to the labour court.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 08:26

      Compared to all others, Netanyahu and Obama are the most sane of world leaders. They have clear understanding of world geopolitics and take greater responsibility of the world and Middle East region upon their shoulders, beyond the needs of their home countries. While all other leaders act in selfish isolation, these guys see the bigger picture and also see the dangers. Clear and present dangers. Great world statesmen like none other. Iran will not have nuclear arms capability. Those that wish them to have the bomb, or foolishly thing that they have the right to do so, will be disappointed. Time to accept this reality, and agitate against Iran's nefarious goals. To do otherwise is to make war inevitable - unless this is the intention. Those of you that would relish the possibility that Israel will be destroyed, must admit this, and drop the pretense that Iran is supported for any other reason.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 09:28

      @Larry - why do always assume that we may relish the idea that we want Israel to be destroyed? All your posts indicate that you have a subtle desire and that you relish the idea of bloodshed. You cannot wait for a war of some sort of bloodshed to take place. The issue is about fair play in the region; you are entitled to your opinion and we ours. Whether Iran has a good history or not is not the issue; Israel does not have one either; my view is that we cannot have one country with nukes, ie. Israel and Iran would therefore, offer a stable force in the region. Iran will never attack Israel irrespective of the anti Israel rhetoric. However, invading Iraq and Afghanistan may have been easy, do not expect the same welcome in Iran. The Persians are a different breed.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 11:07

      It is my opinion, and that of Israel, the USA, Britain, France, and Germany, among many others, that Iran may not develop the bomb and this will be ensured one way or the other. I much prefer that Iran desist from the path that it has chosen. This means that I prefer there was no war at all. Whether this is fair or not is immaterial. We (Western democracies) are not sharing out sweets in the playground. Naughty children don't get to have any sweets anyway.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-28 18:41

    Yet no evidence presented at all. Non. This is exactly the same as the war in Iraq, they just lie and say they have weapons of mass destruction, then say whoops when non are found. War is not the answer. Israel needs to stop this, the people in that country need to remove their government before they kill us all with this war rhetoric!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 20:27

      This is Nutsnyahoo talking about Iraq back in 2002...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpQdg4D78Jc The fable of the boy who cried wolf springs to mind.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-28 21:32

      WHAT !!! Are you in the ANCYL? been listening to Malemas regem change crap. how about Iran change Its isalmist mass murderes goverment.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 02:05

      @Sarel - What - how about you take your BMW for drive in Nelspruit. Read the post again.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 08:31

      It would make sense that in order to avoid war, it is Iran that must stop the development of a nuclear bomb. This is the way it will be, so accept it. It is a simple matter for Iran to back down. If they do not, then they must alone shoulder the burden of responsiblity for war, death and devastation.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 09:30

      @Larry - why do you always assume that we may relish the idea of wanting Israel to be destroyed? All your posts indicate that you have a subtle desire for bloodshed. You cannot wait for a war of some sort of bloodshed to take place. The issue is about fair play in the region; you are entitled to your opinion and we ours. Whether Iran has a good history or not is not the issue; Israel does not have one either; my view is that we cannot have one country with nukes, ie. Israel and Iran would therefore, offer a stable force in the region. Iran will never attack Israel irrespective of the anti Israel rhetoric. However, invading Iraq and Afghanistan may have been easy, do not expect the same welcome in Iran. The Persians are a different breed.

      hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-29 10:59

      I don't even think afghanistan was easy, it looked so at the beginning. But their soldiers are still taking a thrashing that side. Insurgents they call it.

      nathan.stern.33 - 2012-09-29 14:52

      Israel is not going to war, it's going into battle with Iran to prevent an escalating war in the Mideast. It seems you forgot the madmoud's words that he intends to wipe Israel off the map of the earth... or perhaps thats not war rhetoric??

  • Neal Sing - 2012-09-28 18:55

    Just have to wait a little longer for Armageddon

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-28 18:59

    What diffrence wil it make wether Iran has a nuke or not,they already have 11000 missiles facing Tel Aviv if they are attacked.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-28 19:45

      Iran also says they have long range drones,ICBMs,and almost everything in the war toolbox.Iran says a war with the Iranians will not be like a 'war with Iraq'

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 08:35

      If matters come to a head, Israel and the USA combined, along with Britain, France and Germany; will take out Iran's nuclear centres in an hour. Should Iran choose to escalate by targeting Israeli population centres and USA bases, then Tehran will be flattened, also within an hour. I predict the shortest war ever conducted.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 09:56

      @Larry - you seem to love war and death. I think you love this more than Israel. I hope it never comes to that; but if does, I would suggest you borrow as much money as you can from the banks and go on a long holiday, don't worry, you won't have time to repay; it will start WWIII, the end of time

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 09:59

      @Larry.Do you base the 'victory' of war on the time it takes to fight it or its level of distruction?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-29 11:00

      Larry suffers from the same craziness of the Zionist nutjobs in Israel who believe in the suicidal principle of Masada and the Samson option. Another example of why suicidal Zionist lunatics armed with nukes is threat to world peace and our survival.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 11:13

      I do not want a war - anywhere. Nothing good comes of it, but it is not my choice to make. I have just chosen the side that will win any war. Iran has a standing army, military bases, and main centres of government. The destruction will be immediate in order to neutralise Iran's ability to conduct an offensive. Warfare has changed dramatically and will no longer be fought by men on a battlefield. Geurilla warfare, such as insurgency in Iraq and afganistan is a different matter. There will be no military occupation of Iran, just a massive strike, with nothing for the Iranian standing army to do thereafter. This is obvious.

      The-Azanian - 2012-09-29 12:58

      Ah poor Larry thinks increasely armed China, Russia and the emerging latin america and asia pacific are just gonna watch USA and Israel reduce another country to rubbles just like Iraq...xem neh. Larry do yourself a favour a just enjoy this limited time we have before the world gets divided between broke west and emerging world.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 13:03

      Fort, Even those psychopaths in Teheran, are not THAT crazy, that they will attack Israel. But what they have over and over PROVEN, is that they are capable to give or sell a nuclear weapon to a terrorist group. For this reason, the USA, Russia, Europe and China, are in TOTAL agreement; NO nuclear Iran !!!!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 14:29

      @AnthonyfromAfrica.I cant speak for Iran.Iran has been constantly threatened for many years.Iran says its progrm is for peaceful purposes.My opinion is Iran observed what happend to Iraq,and they are gona take precautions ,for that not to happen to them.Iran is governed by strict Islam Law,which forbids initiating war.Pakistan is much more volatile then Iran,and they have safely had nukes without a problem.Nukes hopefully are more as a deterrent,a precedent creatd by others.

  • jason.sole.92 - 2012-09-28 19:05

    Isreali's are only serious when they are quiet.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 01:59

      Perhaps, that's the way they should be... but with Netanyahu, and come to think of it, which Israeli PM was ever quiet? you are correct; I would not trust a quiet Israel. Good point.

  • Jeremy.Traygon.Opperman - 2012-09-28 19:15

    Its ok for Israel to have nukes but nobody else...?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 19:56

      That's a child's perspective Traygon, no offense. 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 is why it is trying to make a dash for nuclear weapons. Just two weeks ago the IAEA, the same agency that tried to dissuade the US from invading Iraq, said there are now clear indications that the Iranian regime is intent on developing these weapons.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-28 21:24

      Dumb ass question, Would you like to have a skitso frenic bipolar bigot with a loaded gun locked in the same room as you? Now imagen that same skitso with a A-Bomb.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-09-28 22:58

      Amazing how lazy fred is its no longer funny. I am starting to think he is on autopilot. If there is a comment on Iran, even if its about earth quake, he will give the same tired sentences, word for word on adjusting elections blah blah. If Fidel posts something, fred will tell who ever cares about a thread post few weeks ago abt Mandela, its like ALWAYS FEW WEEKS AGO! Nothing like may be its 6 months ago now, nope fred is stuck like a broken record. Only if he can just share his ideas if he has any, it will be refreshing. Otherwise Iam gonna vomit now if I read the same thing all over again,just punctuated by words like deluded, childish, etc. Its like a bad program.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 23:26

      @Madhi Fred is truly insufferable, posting the same boneheaded comments on thread after thread. I do wonder if his head commissars are aware that he's exhibiting a sequelae of emotional disorder and that he is in need of a good long rest.. permanently!

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 01:51

      @Sarel - No such thing as a dumb question - do you mean skitzo? well we stopped the AWB. We stopped the skitso Julias. Bipolar disorder - I don't think so - Iran is fairly consistent. Do I want to be in the same room; only if the playing field is level. In other words - if you have a 9mm; I want a .45 with two mags. Who will draw, nobody, why? because it is a deterrent...

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 01:55

      @Madhi - Don't worry about Fred - he is nick named 'Cut&Paste' - he writes the same comments since Oct 2001 and these days comments on his own posts. I agree, that he/she (it maybe a female) is a paid troll. Can you imagine if he ever writes a novel; every chapter will be the same; lot's of content, but no substance. Ignore him/her.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-29 05:05

      @joe true no dumb questions just dumb answers like the one you posted. Great you have a spell check and I meant Skitso as used in the Urban dictionary look it up, You didn't stop F-all buddy the AWB was never really a threat just some white guy's playing boy scouts, but hey if you feel YOU stopped them from world domination and acquiring nukes great. I bet your opinion of them would be different if they used suicide bombers. You obviously did not see the Israeli Ministers speech or know F all about fundamentalism especially the Muslim kind because if you did You would know that even if you have AK 47, RPG, or a nuke and I a paint ball gun I am going to take the shot, Nukes don't deter Nukes if the aggressor has nothing to live for or rather die for, mutually assured destruction is therefore not a deterrent and your argument about as watertight as a wire chicken coop.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 08:38

      Yes, it is OK for Israel to have nukes, and nobody else in the Middle East. When normalised democracy and freedom reign in the Middle East, especially as relates to Israel's security from its neighbours, then Israel will dismantle its nuclear arsenal.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 09:49

      @Sarel - I'm glad you agree that there are no dumb questions; only dumb AWB Nazis. (WB stands for Without Brains) - check it in the new English /Afrikaans 'Usage and Abusage' Dictionary. Let me paint my own .45 Paint gun; listening to one speech and you fall hook, line and sinker. You obviously do not understand the history and Islamic 'fundamentalism' (this term btw is a western innovation). Let me paint you a picture that you can identify with; in the 70's and 80's when the NP (aka nazis as known to the blacks - AABBEE etc)were running this country; herr BJ vorster and company upto the time of de Klerk; it did not matter to the freedom fighters of SA whether they lived or died, you were causing the pain then. This is similar in the ME; we are hoping to level the playing field and reduce loss of life, that is why Iran is a good Stabiliser. The suicide bombers are idiots. This I say without any reservations.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 10:01

      @LARRY - NO its' NOT ok for Israel to have NUKES. You know and I know Israel will NEVER dismantle their nukes; therefore, no peace for Israel.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-29 10:20

      @Larry "When normalised democracy and freedom reign in the Middle East, especially as relates to Israel's security from its neighbours, then Israel will dismantle its nuclear arsenal." Strange, it was a democracy that was responsible for the only two deployments of atomic weapons against an enemy and civilian populations in both cases in world history. The failure of democracy to control unaccountable elites in Western countries as they go on colonial rampages, murdering people is itself proof that the system is flawed. Implicit in the threat to bomb Iran is your assumption of racial superiority, which is articulated by your argument that only western countries like the USA, France and Britain, led by paragons of restraint, probity and intellect like Bush, Reagan, Blair, Sarkozy and Cameron, can be trusted with nuclear weapons?

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 11:27

      You are correct Fidel, except your libel of 'racial superiority' claimed by the West. The West is vastly superior in just about everything, from democratic government to science and technology, which you enjoy and take for granted. There is no racism in it - just your red herring on the issue. The powerful and the right will lead this world to a better place. Those that resist will fail, whether in the mind or on the battlefield. the West has conclusively dealt with Communism, Nazi-ism, and even the facism of japanese imperialism which brought the second world war to an end. Harping on about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings are just blanks in your dwindeling arsenal. The Japanese exhibited an honour bound mentality that would have seen them fight to the death of the last soldier before they would admit defeat. The bombs changed this mindset to a realisation of futility in fighting. The same psychological phenomena exists in the Islamist mindset, albeit a fundamentalist religious wish for death. Point is, the West, whether you hate them or not, will prevail and succeed in ridding the world of backward Islamic fanaticism. easy as done already.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 13:08

      fIDEL, I believe Fred does a great service to readers, to point out, your comments re Nelson Mandela. It PROOFS clearly, that you got a hollow head, and contrary to yourself, you are most certainly the dumnest and the most stupid one on this comment site. Why don't you start to educate yourself, and than come back and make some valuable contribution, in stead of this endless BS !!!!!

  • yusuf.amod.5 - 2012-09-28 22:24

    1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.\r\n\r\n1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by 1999 to French TV.\r\n\r\n1995: The New York Times quotes US and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.\r\n\r\n1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.\r\n\r\n2012: We mean it this time, they're really, really close to killing every last one of us\r\n\r\nhttp://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/09/20/1992-breaking-news-netanyahu-says-iran-close-to-nuclear-weapon/

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-29 01:41

      @Yusuf - The only thing that Iran does not have, is the chicken that should be swinging above Netanyahu's head. It's about gas lines and Euro pricing of oil. You don't play ball with them, then they want to donner you. They play bully.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-29 07:00

    Wow...israelis must be so proud of leader NetanYAHOO so much for threatening their existence. Just if Israel go ahead and poke Iran...russia, china, africa, south american giants like brazil, some european countries and asia pacific will be behind Iran and it will push Iran to develop an A-bomb this time in act of defence. And Israel will trigger a huge arab avalanch on itself plus protestant christians will be much happier since Israel will be destroyed according to their belief.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-29 10:58

      So who are the war-mongers then? It is much simpler for Iran to desist from its path and avoid the inevitable. All you guys supporting Iran are futile and ridiculous. You can rail against the West, the USA and Israel, but your views are not going to change the course of events one iota. You are just injuring your little ego's and are on the wrong side of progress and the better good of this world.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-29 07:10

    Who said Israel's assumed nuclear arsenal. Jeepers guys, are we all stupid. If any country is likely to use "The Bomb" it's Israel. They are paranoid because they feel they have to always justify their existence. Danger ahead guys. No sides taken from my side. It's got to blow some time and it WILL.

  • ogangat - 2012-10-16 10:47

    The Arabs are backward and Muslims want to destroy the world. And then there was that diagram. Comedian Amer Zahr breaks down Netanyahu’s UN speech.\r\n\r\nBy Amer Zahr\r\n\r\nThis week, Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations. As a Palestinian, I tuned in. It’s my duty. Plus, I say the guy’s name at least 3-4 times a day (I won’t tell you how), so the least I could do was to listen to his speech.\r\n\r\nHe started innocently enough, referring to how Israel is the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, their deep history, and their innovation. No problem. He called Jerusalem Israel’s “eternal capital.” Whatever. He said the Jewish people will “never be uprooted again.” Fine. “We restored our independence,” he said. Well, Israel wanting to “restore” its independence from 3,000 years ago is kind of like Barack Obama saying he’d like to “restore” the “hope” from four years ago. Some things happened along the way that complicated the matter a little.\r\n\r\nBut I always knew that Benjamin Netanyahu was a proud Israeli who used history to make political points.  Nothing surprising here.\r\n\r\nThen Bibi began to describe the current war between the “modern and the medieval.” He told us that modernity “seeks a bright future in which the rights of all are protected,” while medievalism seeks to “suppress knowledge” and “glorify death.”  He spoke of Israeli inventions and praised Israeli innovation. I will note, as my dad constantly reminded me, that the medieval Islamic world did invent algebra, chemistry, universities, chess, shampoo, surgery, numbers, and coffee. Yes, Starbucks is entirely our fault. Oh, and we invented flying carpets, so take that!\r\n\r\nOf course, according to him, the war between modernity and medievalism is most “stark” in the Middle East, and Israel is, of course, on the side of modernity. Translation: Jews, good… Arabs, Muslims, bad.\r\n\r\nI always knew Bibi didn’t like Arabs and Muslims. It’s actually a job requirement for Israeli prime minister. So nothing shocking here.\r\n\r\nNetanyahu then delved into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. In order to solve the conflict, he told us all parties should avoid “libelous speeches” and “unilateral declarations.” But he called us a “demographic threat.” That’s pretty defamatory, mister. Israel “unilaterally” pulled out of Gaza and blockaded it. It “unilaterally” built more settlements and “unilaterally” united Jerusalem. It even “unilaterally” declared hummus the Israeli national snack! I don’t remember any negotiations about that.\r\n\r\nHe also said, “We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.”  It kind of sounds like he’s already decided the outcome of the “mutual compromise.” And why did he say it’s the “one and only” Jewish state? Is New York City trying to make a claim?\r\n\r\nBut I always knew Bibi held monumental double standards when it came to Palestinians and Israelis, so none of that stuff startled me.\r\n\r\nBut he couldn’t stop talking about those backward Muslims. He told us that “the medieval forces of radical Islam” want to “end the modern world,” namely Israel, Europe, and America. Perhaps he doesn’t know that those Arabs and Muslims hold a party whenever they get a visa to the United States. And if they get a green card, they set off fireworks. Maybe he thinks they’re just having one last big strategy session before they set sail, getting one last lesson on explosives.\r\n\r\nHe compared radical Islam to the Nazis. Now that’s just unfair. Muslims don’t have any kind of universal hand gestures, unless you count that circular hand motion they make when they’re fighting about who should go through the door first.\r\n\r\nThen he started talking about nuclear weapons and Iran. “To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear-armed Iran, just imagine the world with a nuclear-armed Al Qaeda.” Really? Al Qaeda?  We’re supposed to believe the group that conducts military exercises on a playground could build a nuclear weapon? They can’t even run a good boot camp.\r\n\r\nAnd let’s be real. Al Qaeda is not doing that well. Every week CNN tells me, “Today, a military strike killed Al Qaeda’s number two man.” There’s really no job security in that organization.\r\n\r\nHe spoke of how close Iran is to producing a nuclear bomb, and how the world must act now to stop them. Then he claimed to know how close Iran is to achieving its goal of world destruction.\r\n\r\nThen Bibi said, “I brought a diagram.” Now this is new. Israelis are not known for diagrams.  They usually hate maps and annoying things like borders. This was totally new for me. I started to get interested.\r\n\r\nNow I always thought Netanyahu was a little imbalanced, but I didn’t think he was completely insane until he held up a drawing of circle with a squiggly black line coming out of it and said, “This is a bomb, this is a fuse.” I felt like I was watching an episode of “The Road Runner.” But I have to call Bibi out on this lie as well. I’m an Arab, and I can tell you with some authority, that is not what a bomb looks like.\r\n\r\nNow, Bibi knows exactly what a bomb looks like. And he knows what a nuclear bomb looks like too. It is estimated that Israel could have up to 400 nuclear bombs in its arsenal. But the “only democracy in the Middle East” has a policy of “opacity” when it comes to its nuclear program. In other words, no one gets to know anything about Israel’s nuclear program, but everyone has to know everything about Iran’s.\r\n\r\nIsrael has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  And in case anyone was wondering, every state in the “modern” world has signed it. In fact, almost every “medieval” Islamic nation has signed it too.\r\n\r\nI have an important piece of paper I’d like to show the prime minster of Israel. And there’s something I need to tell him about it:\r\n\r\n“This is a treaty, this is where you sign it.”\r\n\r\nThe author is a Palestinian-American residing in Dearborn, Michigan.  He is a comedian and graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

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