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Israel Retains All Options To Handle Iran

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told members of Israel’s Knesset that his government retains all options on the table for handling the threat of Iran’s nuclear program. “The threat of a nucler Iran gives context to the options that we’re putting on the table….Israel cannot reconcile itself with a nuclear Iran.” He refuted recent reports from America’s National Intellience Estimate that Iran was not engaged in developing nuclear weapons and it would be years before it could attain such capability. According to Olmert, “as far as Israel is concerned, the Iranians are continuing efofrts to produce non-conventional (weapons) and therefore we must use all of the means at our disposal to stop them.”

Olmert emphasized that “words do not stop missiles” but he ignores that military action can also result in the increase in missiles being fired. Israel has been utilizing military action in Gaza for months without being able to halt missiles and ignoring the possibility of engaging in dialogue with Hamas leaders. An Israel attack on Iran would produce catastrophic results in the Middle East and virtually end any opportunity for peace with Palestinians. It is interesting the prime minister’s comments came days after he met with President Bush. One can only wonder if the two men discussed the bellicose Israel comments about possible war with Iran.

Iran Religious Leader Says No To Atomic Bomb

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told visiting UN nuclear officials his country was not interested in deveopment of atomic bombs. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced that in principle, based on sharia law, it is opposed to the production and use of nuclear weapons.” He told Mohammed ElBaradei who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency it was time for the UN Security Council to cease demanding Iran be attacked for supposedly producing weapons that it has no desire to obtain. ElBaradei assured him Iran has every right “to use nuclear energy for developing the country.”

There have been numerous proposals to resolve this conflict, but, at heart, a major problem is continued inflamatory rhetoric from the Bush administration which apparently is bent on perpetuating a crisis for its own political ends. A new American president might well reach out to Iran and offer genuine negotiations in order to end the ongoing harmful dialogue which has gone on for too many years.

Israel In State Of Denial About Iran

Former deputy defense minister, MK Ephraim Sneh described the US intelligence report on Iran’s nuclear weapons program as “very flawed.” He argued that Iran continues posing an existential threat to Israel and “we don’t need any additional evidence. Just listen to what the Iranian leaders are saying.. who are committed to the destruction of Israel.” Amos Gilad, who heads the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Military Bureau, insisted, “the Iranians are determined to obtain nuclear weapons.”

It is doubtful if the current leadership of Israel is intellectually or temperamentally capable of handling a complex issue such as Iran’s relationship to nuclear energy. They are determined to believe everything revolves around making nuclear weapons and any evidence to the contrary must simply be dismissed. The path to peace lies in nations working together and focusing on issues that are real, not in making things that are not happening the center of their discussions. The Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly insisted his nation is not developing nuclear weapons but Israel, like many American conservatives, wishes to believe other voices. President Ahmadinejad is not the supreme ruler of Iran but Americans and Israelis continue insisting that he has all power. Reality is a much needed visitor in the home of Israel.

Bush Doublespeak: No Iran Nuclear Weapons, But Danger!

President Bush told reporters, at one of his infrequent press conferences, that Iran was still a nuclear threat despite receiving a report from the National Intelligence Estimation(NIE) that Iran had halted work on nuclear weapons in 2003. The president said “they’re still trying to learn how to enrich uranium,” which is a step toward making nuclear weapons. He spoke of Iran’s duplicity in having a “covert uranium weapons program which they failed to discuss until today.” He argued that although Iran had halted its nuclear weapon program and focused on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, it still remains evident Iran could in the future resume a nuclear weapon program.

It is often difficult to follow the twisted logic of George Bush. The president and the vice president have been ranting and raving for over a year that Iran has a nuclear weapon program even though Iran constantly claimed he had no such program and was pursuing peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Now, an American intelligence estimate agrees that Iran was telling the truth so Bush turns everything upside down and claims that although Iran might have been telling the truth they really weren’t telling the truth because four years ago they did have a nuclear weapon program! But, Bush and Cheney have been arguing that President Ahmadinejad was the wild man who wanted atomic weapons even though the new intelligence estimate proves that Khatami, the reform predecessor of Ahmadinejad was in power when nuclear weapons were being worked on. In simple clear English that hopefully conservatives can grasp, the so-called man who was out of control and bent on nuclear weapons never had any such program.

US Intelligence Claims No Iran Nuclear Weapons

A new report by an American intelligence estimate(NIE) that Tehran had ceased its nuclear military program in 2003 was greeted by cries of outrage from Israel and those advocating warlike actions against the government of Iran. The US NIE, a consensus of 16 intelligence agencies, concluded that Iran had suspended its attempt to build a nuclear weapon in 2003. Last month President Bush warned that a nuclear armed Iran posed a threat to world peace and Vice President Dick Cheney threatened Iran with “serious consequences” if it did not cease to abandon its nuclear weapon development.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak, rejected the American report and insisted his nation must continue its efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons development. “We cannot allow ourselves,” he said, “to rest, just because of an intelligence report from the other side of the earth even if it is from our greatest friend.” However, the Iranian government greeted the report noting, “It’s natural that we welcome it when those countries who in the past have questioned” our information, “now amend their views realistically… The condition of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities is becoming clear to the world.”

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel commented that the report removes, “if nothing else the urgency that we have to attack Iran, or knock out facilities..I don’t think you can overstate the importance of this.” This web site has continually urged patience in dealing with issues of the supposed Iran nuclear weapon program and we support Senator Hagel’s evaluation. It is now a time to resume efforts to negotiate with Iran over nuclear development and to cease making threats. One can only wonder if Israel’s Defense Minister would have accepted the report if it claimed Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon development.