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One of the main items that was discussed on Israeli TV last night was the ‘threat’ Iran is to the security of Israel. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates seemed to be in agreement with every statement made by Ehud Barak, Israel’s Minister of Defense.
“I think we’re in full agreement of the negative consequences of Iran obtaining this kind of a capability,” Gates said. “I think we are also agreed that it is important to take every opportunity to try and persuade the Iranians to reconsider what is actually in their own security interest.”
The purpose of Gates’ visit to the region is supposedly to ‘jump-start’ the stalled ‘peace process’ between Israel and the Palestinians. It makes sense then that Israel would rather discuss potential war with Iran than the actual problems that they face today. Peace is obviously NOT on Israel’s day to day agenda.
The Iranian leadership antagonizes Israel. At public events, Iranian leaders call on the crowd to chant, “Death to Israel.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the end of Israel as a Jewish state.
Israel has said that the idea of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is on the table.
Obama recently told CNN he had not given Israel his approval for a potential strike.
The italics are taken from THIS CNN report.
So, the questions remain, is chanting more dangerous than nuclear bombs? Is Iran a threat to Israel or is it the other way around??
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