While world leaders play possum with Iran’s Hitlerite regime – passing the buck hither and yon – Israel has been involved in a ‘cat and mouse’ death match of its own.
And even though Iran’s Hitlerite regime has been killing Americans (others too), all over the globe for decades, no other nation is as imperiled as Israel. Thus, the ante is continually raised – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/28/israeli-sabotage-via-its-elite-commando-forces-offers-possible-alternative-to-all-out-military-pre-emption-frying-irans-grids-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/, but MUCH more needs to be done.
Faster…faster…as the Islamist-in-Chief speeds up his mischief making- http://www.debka.com/article/22505/Obama-aims-to-start-nuclear-talks-with-Iran-next-month, hoping to declare ‘peace in our time’, but over the dead bodies of half of world Jewry!
Israel’s urgency is revealed at Breitbart – http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/06/Netanyahu-Ready-To-Press-The-Button-On-Iran, and attended to at Global Security NewsWire.
But before we get to Global….digest this Congressional Report –
Onto the promised Global news…..
DAILY NEWS ON NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL & CHEMICAL WEAPONS, TERRORISM AND RELATED ISSUES
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he could approve the use of military force against Iranian atomic assets with or without backing from other governments, the New York Timesreported on Monday.
Netanyahu has repeatedly warned his country could launch an armed offensive if sanctions and diplomatic outreach fail to resolve fears over Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear-weapon capability. Tehran maintains its atomic ambitions are strictly nonmilitary in nature.
“When David Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the state of Israel, was it done with American approval?” Netanyahu told Israeli Channel 2 TV in remarks aired on Monday. “If someone sits here as the prime minister of Israel and he can’t take action on matters that are cardinal to the existence of this country, its future and its security, and he is totally dependent on receiving approval from others, then he is not worthy of leading.”
“I can make these decisions,” he said.
The remarks were certain to intensify long-reported friction between Washington and Tel Aviv over how to address the nuclear standoff, though President Obama has affirmed Israel’s prerogative to determine how best to ensure its security, according to the Times. It was unclear if the prime minister’s comments were a pledge of action or primarily intended to prompt additional financial and political action against Tehran by other governments, the newspaper said.
“I am not eager to go to war,” Netanyahu stated. “I have been creating very heavy pressure, and part of this pressure comes from the knowledge some of the most powerful nations in the world have that we are serious. This isn’t a show, this is not false.”
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert separately said Netanyahu was “spitting in [Obama’s] face” and “doing anything possible to stop him from being elected president of the United States.”
“What’s all this talk, that we will decide alone on our fate and that we won’t take anybody else into consideration?” Olmert asked. “Can someone please explain to me with which airplanes we will attack if we decide to attack alone, against the opinion of others — airplanes that we built here in Israel? With which bombs will we bomb, bombs that we made by ourselves? With which special technologies will we do it, those that we made by ourselves or those that we received from other sources?”
The prime minister responded: “If what I just heard is that on this matter which threatens our very existence, we should just say, we should just hand the keys over to the Americans and tell them, ‘You decide whether or not to destroy this project, which threatens our very existence,’ well, that’s one possible approach, but it’s not my approach.
“My approach is that if we can have others take care of it, or if we can get to a point where no one has to, that’s fine; but if we have no choice and we find ourselves with our backs against the wall, then we will do what we have to do in order to defend ourselves,” said Netanyahu, whose nation is widely accepted to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East.
Tehran might have averted the possibility of an immediate offensive by moving to render some of its 20 percent-enriched uranium into a form less easily converted to bomb fuel, but specialists said the material can be altered to its prior state until it is transferred into an operational atomic system,Reuters reported on Monday.
Iran says the higher-enriched uranium would fuel a medical research reactor, while other governments contend the substance could allow for faster production of weapon-grade uranium of about 90 percent purity.
A Western diplomat said returning the uranium to its more weapon-ready gaseous form “would take a bit of time, but not more than a month or two, using technology the Iranians have already demonstrated that they have mastered.”
Still, Iran’s production of powdered uranium oxide using the higher-enriched uranium “could help us buy some time for diplomacy,” said a second international relations insider in Vienna, Austria.
Former State Department analyst Mark Fitzpatrick said “the conversion to oxide is relevant because it demonstrates that there is a civilian purpose for the 20 percent product and because the time for reconversion would have to be factored into the breakout scenario.”
The specialist said “it would not be practical for Iran to make a dash to produce weapons starting with enriched uranium that is in oxide form.”
Iran’s recent uranium move might signal an openness to resolving the atomic dispute diplomatically, said Mark Hibbs, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“The problem is that Iran has a history of making voluntary concessions and then pulling back from those concessions” he said. “They do this again and again.”
Iran appears to be ramping up a campaign of computer-based strikes and other moves in reaction to a U.S.-Israeli clandestine campaign incorporating similar elements, Reuters reported separately on Tuesday. The most significant actions possibly instigated by Tehran include the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle into Israeli territory, according to the news agency; the device — said to have been operated by Hezbollah in Lebanon — was shot down by Israel close to the country’s Dimona atomic site.
Iran has sparked fear among certain U.S. observers by markedly increasing its electronic attacks, Reuters reported. An October offensive against gas shipping sites in Qatar and the Saudi petroleum firm Aramco rendered tens of thousands of computers inoperable and represented the most elaborate computer strike to date against an independent firm, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. He did not explicitly attribute the move to Tehran.
“The cyber attacks and Hezbollah drone both represent an escalation from the Iranian camp,” said Ariel Ratner, a one-time State Department insider under the Obama administration. “But a lot of what is going on here is a matter of signaling to each other.”
The possible Israeli aerial bombardment of an armament production site in Sudan could be one such communication, according to Reuters.
Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis head Bilal Saab said “Israel is flexing its muscles militarily and also sending a message to Tehran and Washington that it will not hesitate to use force to defend itself.”
“It was a show of force meant to send political messages and achieve precise and immediate military objectives, those being the prevention of Iranian shipment of sensitive hardware to its proxies,” Saab added.
Meanwhile, one official said the United Kingdom might deploy additional forces in the United Arab Emirates as part of a potential regional force buildup targeting Iran, the London Telegraph reported on Tuesday. The insider said the possible step would support a call in the U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review for a “flexible network of allies to deal with different threats.”
“We need the courage to give these sanctions time to work,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told the National newspaper in remarks quoted on Monday. “But I’ve also made clear that if Iran makes the wrong choice, nothing is off the table.”
Senior-ranking Israeli officials discussed the nuclear standoff with British counterparts last Thursday, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement on Monday.
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano on Monday said his organization would continue pursuing a potential arrangement for addressing questions over possible nuclear weapon-relevant activities in Iran, Agence France-Presse reported.
“We will continue negotiations with Iran on a structured approach. I hope we can reach agreement without further delay,” he said after noting that Tehran has not provided adequate assistance to IAEA efforts to resolve those questions.
Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee, though, said the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s concerns are based on “some forged reports and … graphs which are not credible.”
“One may easily conclude that such information is as credible as the childish cartoon that was drawn here in this hall on September this year by the notorious Zionist regime’s prime minister,” Khazaee stated, referring to Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly.
The official said “Iran … is fully committed to its legal obligations, and its nuclear activities are, and have always been, exclusively for peaceful purposes,” Reuters reported on Monday. Iran believes the establishment of comprehensive capabilities pertaining to atomic reactor material is an “inalienable right” under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, he added.
“The application of a discriminatory, selective, highly restrictive and politically motivated approach in nuclear cooperation … has given rise to this impression that being an NPT party is not a privilege, because rather than facilitating, it impedes nuclear cooperation,” Khazaee said.
Elsewhere, Tehran would end shipments of unrefined petroleum to other countries if it comes under additional Western economic penalties, Iran’s Fars News Agency quoted Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi as saying on Monday.
“The lack of Iran’s oil in international markets would lead to increase in its global price,” he said. The European Union has adopted a ban on purchases of Iranian petroleum and the United States has taken other actions against Tehran’s oil sector.
A deputy for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton commended steps by Australia to increase financial pressure on Iran, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday.
The “ball is in the Iranian court” in light of a recently submitted set of trust-boosting proposals aimed at initiating new multilateral discussions, Helga Schmid added. Senior Iranian diplomats have met three times this year with counterparts from the six countries — China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — in an effort to address the nuclear standoff.
Resolving the impasse through diplomacy remains the chief priority, according to the official.
‘It is not only about Israel. It is, of course, a threat to Israel, but basically it is a very huge destabilizing factor for the region, and it would lead to a nuclear arms race in a part of the world that is already running very high in tensions — this is our concern,” Schmid said. ”I cannot say now what will happen next … we have made a very good offer, a confidence building package which should be quite attractive to Iran. It is now for Iran to respond.”
Iranian atomic efforts were among the subjects addressed in a meeting between Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Australian Associated Pressreported on Tuesday. During a discussion with French President Francois Hollande, Gillard reportedly reaffirmed her government’s support for “strong sanctions” targeting Tehran, according to a separate AAP report.”
And with the re-election of the Islamist-in-Chief, the world should not be surprised when a bolt, seemingly out of the blue, shoots forth.
Oftentimes there are silver linings, in what is initially recognized as a collective disaster. But the fact remains – as of November 6, 2012 PM Netanyahu’s shackles have been removed, regardless of the babblings (from Israel’s poohbahs) that everything is copacetic. Now you see the bindings…now you don’t. This blogger is duly relieved. Time to clean out the neighborhood.
In plain language, ‘going for broke’ never appeared more urgent, and paradoxically, imminently sensible. Besides, dead Jews don’t get a repeat performance!