The bellicose Prime Minister of Israel continues to demand that the world take stronger actions against Iran to stop a nuclear weapons program that both Israeli and US intelligence admit does not exist. Recently, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, came out publicly against participation with Israel in an attack on Iran. There are are already harsh sanctions as well as an embargo on Iran and it is surrounded by multiple US aircraft carriers, the Fifth Fleet and many tens of thousands of US soldiers. Apparently, this is not enough for Netanyahu who continually urges more aggressive actions be taken against Iran. It should be noted that Israel is believed to have several hundred nuclear weapons and is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty while Iran has no nuclear weapons and is a signatory to the treaty. These facts are never mentioned in the US media. Jeffrey Heller has the story for Reuters:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to set a “clear red line” for Tehran’s atomic activities and said they had failed to convince it of their resolve to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear arms.
Netanyahu’s remarks suggested a growing Israeli impatience with its main ally, the United States, and other countries that have been pressing him to give diplomacy and sanctions more time to work and hold off on any go-it-alone Israeli strike on Iran.
“I believe the truth must be stated: The international community is not placing a clear red line for Iran and Iran does not see international resolve to stop its nuclear programme,” Netanyahu told his cabinet.
“Unless Iran sees this clear red line and this clear resolve it will not stop moving forward with its nuclear programme, and Iran must not have nuclear weapons,” he said in broadcast remarks.
Although Netanyahu did not single out the United States or U.S. President Barack Obama in his criticism, Israeli officials have said they hope for stronger language from the president about possible U.S. military action.
Obama, who has had a frosty relationship with Netanyahu, has insisted he will not allow Iran to build atomic weapons and that all options are on the table.
On Saturday Tzachi Hanegbi, an influential former Israeli legislator and a Netanyahu confidant, said “the rhetoric of the U.S. president is too vague, very amorphous” and Iran was not taking Obama’s words seriously.