Israel Renews Warnings of Military Action After Iran Nuclear Deal

Netanyahu says Israel will not allow Iran to build nuclear weapons

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attends the weekly Sunday-morning cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Nov. 24, 2013

Israel reacted with vehement skepticism at the signing of an interim agreement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vociferously described as the “deal of the century” for Iran because it eased sanctions while allowing Tehran to continue enriching uranium.

“This is the first time the world’s leading powers have agreed to uranium enrichment while ignoring Security Council resolutions which they led and years worth of sanctions which contain the key to a peaceful diplomatic solution,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Sunday-morning cabinet meeting. “These sanctions are now being removed in return for cosmetic concessions which can be undone by the Iranians within weeks.” He followed the criticism with the kind of threat of military action that first brought the Iranian nuclear portfolio to global prominence three years ago. “Israel is not bound to this agreement while Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has the right to protect itself in the face of any threat. I wish to reiterate that as the Prime Minister of Israel — Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear military capabilities.”

The same ominous sounds echoed through the government. “This is the Islamic Republic’s biggest diplomatic victory since Khomeini’s revolution, and the result here will be an arms race,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio on Sunday morning, as details of the agreement first became known. Recently returned to his job after being acquitted of corruption charges, Lieberman was among the Israeli officials lambasting the agreement for failing to cut back on the number of centrifuges currently operating, which stands above 18,000. The machines produce fissile material that can be used to create energy, or be upgraded to the intensity required to fuel a nuclear weapon. “The Iranians have material to manufacture a number of bombs, not [just] one,” Lieberman noted.

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The head of the most right-wing faction in Netanyahu’s governing coalition, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett, was more graphic: “If a nuclear suitcase blows up in New York or Madrid five years from now, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning.”

Experts, meanwhile, emphasized the problematic details of the agreement. Ephraim Asculai, a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, told reporters in a conference call that the main shortcoming of the pact is that it fails to significantly reduce the time Iran would need to produce a nuclear weapon, should the Iranian government decide to “break out” of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and sprint toward making a bomb. “The good part of the deal is that enrichment stops at the present level — and that is also some of the bad news, because enrichment does go on and Iran will go on producing the 3.5% that it has been producing up to now at the same rate, and that is not a negligible rate,” Asculai said. He warned against reading much significance into Iran’s promise to dilute its stocks of uranium enriched to 20%. Asculai said that the uranium enriched to 3.5% can be pumped up to weapons-grade 90% enrichment nearly as quickly as the material enriched to 20%. “When you negate the possibility of enriching from 20% you prolong the time for a breakout by a very small amount, because a breakout can be achieved from the 3.5% to the 90%,” he says. “Perhaps it would take perhaps a few days longer.”

A former director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, offered a more welcoming view of events in Geneva. “It was naive to think the Iranians would have begun to dismantle their centrifuges immediately,” former Mossad director Efraim Halevy told Army Radio. “We also have to remember that from now on, there will be daily inspections of the Iranian nuclear facilities. If the Iranians conceal facilities, and if such a thing is discovered, the entire agreement will fall apart; the Iranians will emerge as having attempted to fool the Western powers, and the ramifications will be far-reaching.”

But in political circles, the primary reaction to the pact in Israel was alarm, both for the technical realities of the pact, and the political realities that Israel — which did so much to make the Iranian nuclear program a matter of global concern — no longer feels it is driving. “I’m worried twice over,” said Finance Minister Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party emerged as a centrist power in the January elections. “Once from the agreement and its implications and I am also worried because we’ve lost the world’s ear. We have six months, at the end of which we need to be in a situation in which the Americans listen to us the way they used to listen to us in the past.”

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60 comments
quikev08
quikev08

If a nuclear suitcase blows up anywhere it could well be the 'price' being exacted by the Israelis for the 'failure' of the world to attack Iran. Until then, the tab will be 'picked-up' by the Palestinians.

hsknyc
hsknyc

STFU ISrael!!!  can we at LEAST TRY FOR PEACE!!??  Why does Israel wnat to start a WAR in the face of PEACE?? is it because they are in the same boat as the war hungry Republican?? These war hungry Repubs and Israel's lobbying in our own Congress(which I think should be ILLEGAL) is killing our country!!  STOP letting Israel dictate our foreign policy with their never ending lobbying!!!

stoptheboats
stoptheboats

Stuff the nukes!! If Israel attacks, it'll be the flood of boats heading to Australia the real bloody issue!! Smarten up peeps. 

JohnMcDonald
JohnMcDonald

When Israel began slaughtering, plundering and raping its neighbors-- Palestine and Gaza, which, by the way, continues to this day,   then, to be sure, payback time sooner or later drops by to make its judgement.  It is a universal law. All the rhetoric of great minds and thinkers of the political theater have naught to say when this law is activated. Israel has much t o  pay for with its crimes against human dignity-----its ongoing slaughter of innocent children, all of which the world is familiar at hearing---and Israel is wondering why it has lost the "world's ear" Shame on that nation for its cruelty towards humankind. They, the hardliners of Israel, if you will, should take a good read on Shakespeare's,  The Merchant of Venice. It was the merchant's greed that derailed him-- an ounce of heart he wanted for the sum of money that could not be repayed-- the judge's ruling--- "Indeed, go ahead and take the ounce of heart,  but if you take more, or, take less, then it is your head that will roll." I often wonder why Shakespeare wrote that play. Anybody know? I don't want war. I don't anybody hurt. Israel and the USA  were one time my gods-- but today, I see them as the world's most vicious terrorists with an insatiable appetite for more and more- and the question is ---more of what?  Is true.  - - - What good does it do when man gains the whole world and loses his soul - - -

lord.ligonier
lord.ligonier

From other online reports...

"Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials.

The officials said Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and other Arab and Persian Gulf countries have been discussing the next steps toward possible strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites.

The officials said the U.S. passed strong messages to Israel and the Saudis that the Americans control radar capabilities over the skies near Iran and that no strike should be launched without permission from the Obama administration."

This suggests that Obama intends the U.S. Military to act as a shield  on behalf of the mullahs.


If true, he needs to be removed from power by any means necessary

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

 Iran is ruled by medieval Muslim clerics.  Iran`s religion was invented 1,500 years after Judaism, 650 after Jesus by an Arab obsessed with Jews and the Jewish capital, Jerusalem.  All "prophets" in the Koran are not Arabs like Mohammed himself or from any other small people, but all Jews (today less than 0,2% of the world population) and for some reason Jewish Jerusalem is holy to Islam too.  

  Iran wants another Muslim Arab country, the #23, the second in Palestine after Jordan, but at the same time refuses the Kurds their one and only country.  Kurdistan is under Iranian, Turkish, Iraqui and Syrian occupation.  If they pity the Arabs so much why did they kill half a million of them in Iraq?  They complain that Israel is an artificial country, but so are all in the region, created by either France or GB.

  Whatever happened to Iran`s original religion, the one they followed before being converted by the Arabs?  Why don`t they go back to it?  The problem, obsession with Jews and their little, far away (from Iran) country would go away.

outspoken
outspoken

What  else  WEST  can  do ?

leonvang
leonvang

so is Natanyahu going to allow inspection of Israeli Nukes?

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

The world can now monitor Iran's nuke facilities with boots on the ground. I see a net win for the world.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Sometimes these things aren't worth the paper they're printed on.  However, in this case two things come to mind.

1) This isn't a deal between the US and Iran.  The members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are onboard.  This is an unusual display of unity from the worlds top economic, political and military powers.

2) One has to start somewhere.  A 6 month probationary period where we let up on a few sanctions as a great big carrot isn't out of the question.  And, it was Iran who first reached out to us and unilaterally made the claims about its nuclear stance since the election of their new president.

We are finally engaged with Iran again after a very long dry spell.  This is a good start and has very good potential.

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

One would think the world learned there lesson after the Munich Agreement during the open stages of World War II.  Aggressive, ideological countries do not become peaceful in a matter of weeks.  We have played this game with North Korea for years, you give them something, they promise to change and they do change, but only for a few months and then you are back to square one.  Just as England and France abandoned there ally Czechoslovakia before World War II, we damage our relationship with Israel now.  I am not saying we are anywhere near a war, but we are appeasing an enemy. 

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@JohnMcDonald   John (Jewish Israeli name), don`t be silly.  Israel did not declare war on "Palestine" (a country that never existed, just the name, Jewish, BTW, of a region) and Gaza.  More than a dozen Muslim Arab bloody dictatorships and medieval kingdoms declared war and attacked Israel on several occasions.  The Muslim terrorists ruling Gaza declared war and started every conflict.

Israel is the Jewish (the religion of Jesus), democratic and civilized (no civil war, hanging of gays, women stoning, "honour" killing of girls, cannibalism, etc.) country in the region (0,0000...1% of the ME, a million times smaller than those 22 Arab countries).

The Merchant of Venice is a fiction.  We (less than 0,2% of the world population today) are the people of Jesus, great scientists and artists, many Nobel laureates.

jimmyjimmyjimmy111
jimmyjimmyjimmy111

@lord.ligonier "any means?" really? seems like you're the kind that would have celebrated Kennedy's assassination when it happened. He too was a President whom many in the establishment did not like for his foreign policy stances, which in hindsight have proven to be wise. why don't you take your 'any means necessary' and just leave the country. democracy works here, not brute force. as for Israel, its amazing that Israel has no qualms aligning itself with Saudi Arabia a country whose antisemitism and funding of Al Qaeda militants who saw off the heads of Christians and Jews is well known. So much for Israel working to protect Jews and Christians. 

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@leonvang   Are you comparing Jewish (the religion of Jesus), democratic and civilized Israel to the Iran ruled by medieval Muslim clerics, where gays are hanged in public squares, etc?

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@leonvang  

Israel has remained peaceful unless provoked. The same cannot be said of Iran. 

vetramon
vetramon

@CarlLegg What about boots on the ground for your nuclear facilities, sir? Who is more dangerous to the world, your Zionist country with its history of breaking international laws, or Iran, that has never invaded or bombed illegally other countries?

vetramon
vetramon

@AlphaJuliette You'd better cross your fingers, 'cause you have on board, also, the hysterical warmongers of the Zionist state.

falcon269
falcon269

@ViableOp The U.S. is now oil sufficient. China and Russia may want Iranian oil, but they already are buddies with Iran. The agreement constrains the threat to the rest of the world. Oil has almost nothing to do with it. If you are saying that sanctions will be eased and Iran will be able to export its oil more widely, well, isn't that the point of a negotiated peace? Both parties get something?

vetramon
vetramon

@futureinjeopardy Permit, sir, when you stated that '' Aggressive, ideological countries, do not become peaceful in a matter of weeks '', Are you referring to Israel?  Why don't you ruminate a little, just a little bit on this statement and see who fits exactly in what you state, Iran, or Israel?



CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@futureinjeopardy 

We finally get inspectors on the ground. That is EVERYTHING. 

If they kick us out, Israel bombs them back to the stone age. 

 Win-win in all scenarios.

falcon269
falcon269

@futureinjeopardy Honestly? Munich Agreement? An agreement with the most powerful country in Europe, which was poised on the borders of most of Europe? Comparing Germany to Iran today with hostile countries on all its borders, and a technology and war machine stuck in the 20th century? Why do I think you are simply trying to conjure up images of the holocaust?

Iran can do little today besides threaten and bluster. The agreement takes the sting out of the threats. Israel wants to humiliate Iran as it humiliates the Palestinians. The rest of the world would prefer peace with honor for all parties.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ricardo_lion @JohnMcDonald So if the roles were reversed and Israel was Muslim and Iran was Jewish, would you still turn a blind eye to their secretly developed nuclear arsenal and war mongering?

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@jimmyjimmyjimmy111   Israel is not an ally of the judenrein medieval Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  That country declared war, together with a dozen other Muslim Arab bloody dictatorships and medieval kingdoms.

lord.ligonier
lord.ligonier

@jimmyjimmyjimmy111 The left is no more than a pus-filled carbuncle that must be excised for America to thrive.

kinolurtz
kinolurtz

@CarlLegg @leonvang Actually, Iran has not started a war in something like two hundred years. By any standard, Iran is a remarkably peaceful country, political rhetoric aside. The same cannot be said of Israel. I suggest you help yourself to a history book before making yourself look foolish.

vetramon
vetramon

@CarlLegg @leonvang With all due respect, sir, you are insane. Israel peaceful? Unless provoked? Twice insane, sir!. What did the Syrian government do, in these terrible moments of its history, to provoke twice the bombing of its military and research facilities by your peaceful government? Go to history, sir, and try to give an explanation why your government sent your peaceful military assassins to murder more than 30 marines and wound the rest of them in the USS LIBERTY. What was the provocation there, sir? Why don't you Zionists keep your mouth shut instead of going against reason?

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@vetramon @CarlLegg   Iran is at war with Israel via proxis, Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.  Israel, the Jewish (the religion of Jesus), democratic and civilized (no civil war, hanging of gays, women stoning, "honour" killing of girls, cannibalism, etc.) did not declare war on those Muslim Arab bloody dictatorships and medieval kingdoms, but the other way around.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@vetramon @CarlLegg  

We don't need inspectors. The USA military is on guard to protect all you little countries that can't defend yourselves. You sound like the kind of person who wish Hitler would have won WW2.

vetramon
vetramon

@falcon269 @ViableOp Mr Falcon, you see, one expect from the USA  all the advances in technology, ahead of all the other countries, due to the fact that most of the Nobel are in the USA working in the research of new advances. Why I write this, simply pointing to the starting lines of your post, '' The US is now oil sufficient''. The problem, mr Falcon, is that to arrive to this conclusion, the Americans must dig in the places that were considered untouchable by the ecologists of the world. To be self sufficient, implies the ruin, little by little of the environment, just to satisfy the glutting of the way of life of your system. Now, here it comes the first part of what I wrote, " The only way to get out of this nightmare is to find another source of energy not dependent on fossil fuels''. Possibly, there are other countries working on this, but the scientific world is accustomed to expect this from the most rich country in the world. 

vetramon
vetramon

@falcon269 @ViableOp Mr Falcon, Why don't you use the proper commercial, namely, the capitalist terms and not the peyorative ones to refer to a partner. Are Saudi Arabia, Qatar and all the tyrants commercial partners of the USA also BUDDIES as you stated referring to China, Russia and Iran?

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@vetramon  Iran's rhetoric and ideological beliefs indicates that they are the ideological and aggressive nation.  Israel has been on the defense in the region since the 1940's.  They continue to be attacked by terrorist groups that have taken political control of regions around them, yet they continue to hold back and push for peace agreements that actually aid in their safety.  

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@CarlLegg It is very simple to present a false image to inspectors.  If Iran does this and gets nuclear weapons, the whole situation changes and is much more in their favor.  

vetramon
vetramon

@CarlLegg @futureinjeopardy Mr carl egg, being old, doesn't make you wiser. It makes you, in your case, more irrational and foolish. Are you a Christian, by the way?  The way you think describes you exactly like a Israelite from the torah following the command of the peaceful and loving god.

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@falcon269 I am comparing two countries whose forms of government tends to lean to the irrational side.  Fascism and authoritarian Theocracies are very similar.  It is better to not depend on them being rational.  With the success rate of diplomacy being below 1%, it is much safer to stick with your allies rather than try to stand in the middle ground.

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@OlmecKahn @ricardo_lion @mantisdragon91 @JohnMcDonald

Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. "    The law in theocratic Israel of the time = the Torah.  This according to Matthew, one of his Jewish friends.

“Salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22).   According to John, one of his Jewish friends.

OlmecKahn
OlmecKahn

@ricardo_lion @mantisdragon91 @JohnMcDonald  You keep on going on about judaism as if jesus liked it. Unfortunatly you need to educate yourself on this. Jesus was and Essene and broke away from judaism because he despised what it became and therefore started christianity as an opposing religion to judaism. the same goes for muhammad and Islam. christianity by the way was also strongly influenced by buhdist teachings which is symbolised by the three kings bearing gifts comming to Jesus at birth.

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@mantisdragon91 @ricardo_lion @JohnMcDonald   None left, extinct.  

Judaism, the religion of Jesus, evolves, you know.  Why do you think 50% chose 0,2%?  2 billion Christians chose a Jew as their Saviour, the Jewish God and holy books as theirs.  I wish shalom to the true ones.  The Arab that invented Islam chose the Jews too.  All "prophets" in Islam are Jews.  He also chose Jerusalem, among the millions of cities in the world.  He didn`t even know Jerusalem, never set foot there, but chose is as one of Islam`s holy cities, because of the Jews and Christians, of course.

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@mantisdragon91 @ricardo_lion @JohnMcDonald   Judaism is the religion of Jesus, a religion of peace, as for Islam.....  You don`t want to know what I think about this religion invented 1,500 years after Judaism, 650 after Jesus by an Arab obsessed with Jews (all "prophets" in the Koran) and the Jewish capital, Jerusalem.  Israel is the only civilized country in that dark corner of the world.

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@vetramon The composition of the U.N. votes that condemn Israel indicates there truthfulness.  Those votes are political rhetoric that were founded during the cold war to strike at the United States and it's allies.  International Law is not really enforceable law, there really is know coercive power to enforce it.  Israel has only ever kept territory needed to protect itself from attack, and that territory was always captured during a defensive war.  Calling someone a zionist and stating  "Use your time learning about history, sir, instead of implying realities that exist only in your rock-like head" is an ad hominem attack, it damages your credibility.  


vetramon
vetramon

@futureinjeopardy @vetramon AD HOMINEN ATTACK? Do you know what ad hominen means? Was I attacking that person? I was demonstrating with facts that ISRAEL is not a peaceful country. Ask the Palestinian about how peaceful Israel is? Ask the Syrian about the type of peace that Israel wants to promote? What about the Golan Heights, are they Israeli territory kept by peace? What about the almost 30 resolutions from the UN condemning the infringement to the peace and breaking of international laws?  WHAT MORE ARGUMENTS DO YOU WANT?

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@vetramon If you want to make an argument about Israel not being peaceful, you have to use facts rather than blatantly ad hominem accusations.  Israel is the most peaceful country in the Middle East.  

vetramon
vetramon

@CarlLegg @vetramon @leonvang Use your time learning about history, sir, instead of implying realities that exist only in your rock-like head. This is my last response to you, sir, 'cause trying to have a conversation with a fanatic is just like trying to demonstrate to a Palestinian that the state of Israel is peaceful. Do you know, sir, who introduced terrorism into the middle east? Well, read about the STERN GANG. Do you know that the state of Israel, elected two recognized terrorists as prime ministers?  Yes, I know, you don't know. Bye, bye, and use your idle moments to learn about history and not to spout nonsense.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@vetramon @CarlLegg @leonvang 

I love you too! 

If your house was surrounded by those who are on record as wanting to "destroy you" -- you would be a saint to show as much restraint as Israel. Now go crawl back into your isolated little world of black and white good guys and bad guys.

vetramon
vetramon

@futureinjeopardy @vetramon Mr jeorpardy, I forgot. If you want to read about terrorism, read the torah, or the old testament for the Christian. There you find more than terrorism, you find a mythical history of stupidity and horror. Read it and we talk later, in the meantime, learn, learn a lot.

vetramon
vetramon

@futureinjeopardy @vetramon What a bunch of nonsense! Here we go again. With you too this is my last response. You are a human contradiction. You say that Zionists are in a home that is legally theirs. Based in what? The torah? You say that you didn't mention the torah, but the nonsense that you are spouting is based in that mythical book, or not, you say? Bye, bye religious fanatic.

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@vetramon Zionism is the Jews wanting there historic homeland.  Terrorism based on radical Islam was present long before the Jewish people moved back to Israel, look a the late 19th Century history of the Philippines.  I never mentioned the Torah, I prefer not to use religious books in political discussions.  The Middle East itself has been a center of religious conflict for over a thousand years.  There would be peace if people accepted that Israel and the Jewish people are in a home that is legally theirs and that they should not and will not leave and they will have every right to do everything necessary to protect their people and way of life.  I am done discussing this now.  

vetramon
vetramon

@futureinjeopardy Just read the Agenda of Zionism and then we can have a fruitful discussion. Nobody, no even you has answered my assertion that terrorism was introduced to the middle east by the Zionists. When you decide to answer this then we can go to some dates and use history to move ahead, but history doesn't mean to use mythical books like the torah. Agreed?

futureinjeopardy
futureinjeopardy

@vetramon You are mistaking age for education in the fields of Political Science and International Relations.  Israel is tolerant of all religions including Islam, while Iran is the definition of intolerance.  Israel has agreed to every peace agreement presented that didn't completely destruct their state. This has nothing to do with the Torah, but in reality any Islamic run government is a danger to the world because of the tendency for ideologically extreme people to rise up in the government.  We see the ideological extremes in every form of government.  

vetramon
vetramon

@futureinjeopardy @vetramon I really think that you are a young man. But this is no excuse to know the facts of the situation in the middle east. First of all, the UN created the state of Israel in 1948 and with it all the problems that today affects the middle east. That answers your whole statement. Secondly, that Iran is a theocracy is a fact. But is a theocracy de facto, namely that they do not hide this. On the contrary, Israel is a theocracy, but hidden in a democracy that tries to fool the world. Tell me, mr future, is Israel a secular democracy? If it is, this means that there is freedom of religion, isn't it? Well, tell me, how many catholic, fundamental Christians and mosques have been built in Israel? Do the school in Israel not teach the Hebrew religion? what about the other religions? The whole concept of the Israeli situation is based in the false realities of the Torah. Tell me, what other country in the world, besides Israel, recognizes the historic validity of the torah to delineate the limits of the countries of the middle east?