Saturday, May 22, 2010

Iran says it can destroy Israel in one week

Iran is merrily on the road to the development of nuclear weapons. President Obama and the U.N. have been doing little, other than holding meetings and proposing sanctions. In the mean time, Iran is steadily advancing its nuclear program by continuing to enrich uranium which Israel believes is a covert weapons program.

With U.N. sanctions going nowhere, Israel prodded and failed to persuade the Obama administration to impose sanctions on Iran's petroleum sector, even after the House and Senate passed legislation enabling it to do so. In April, Iran's announcement that it had produced faster centrifuges further rattled Israel. Israeli officials are saying that nothing short of a sanction of Iran’s energy sector will work. And with no sign of that in the offing, the prospect of Israeli military action looms larger.

Israel’s chairman of the Israeli Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said that Israel is frustrated with the fact that Iran does not feel the pressure of the world and does not care about the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N.

While the United States has been discussing some sort of an effective sanctions regime, Iran has been able to acquire a stockpile of at least two tons of low-enriched uranium, which is enough for at least one bomb. Israel believes Iran has also been developing a method for weaponizing highly enriched uranium.

Moshe Yaalon, Israel's deputy prime minister, said earlier this month that Israel has the capabilities to attack Iran and described the possibility of a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Israel has acted unilaterally in the past to set back nuclear programs. In 1981, it obliterated an Iraqi nuclear reactor and in 2007 it struck at a suspected Syrian nuclear site.

Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security advisor has said that Israeli officials believe that in less than one year, Israel might need to make a terrible decision, either to get used to the sad fact that Iran has nuclear weapons, and nothing can stop it, or try to do something by themselves.

In May 2010, Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei said that if Israel attacks Iran, Israel would be destroyed within a week. On a separate visit to Saudi Arabia Mashaei claimed that the annihilation of Israel should be a global goal. He told Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that the corrupt and criminal Zionist regime is harming not only the Arab and Islamic world, but all of humanity.

With today’s politically-correct world that bends over backwards to protect and promote the Muslim world, Israel very well may have to resort to military action. As for Iran destroying Israel in one week, or one month, or even one year…well good luck! I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes.

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