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    Netanyahu Steps Up Israeli Threats Against Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov, not seen, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov, not seen, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up threats to attack Iran over its nuclear program, which he says is being used to develop nuclear weapons.  He says if the international community is not willing to act against Iran, it should not demand that Israel hold its fire.
     
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday indicated he was becoming impatient with calls by world leaders to refrain from attacking Iran until sanctions and diplomatic pressure have had an opportunity to work. "The world tells Israel wait, there is still time. And I say, wait for what? Wait until when? Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," he said. 
     
    Netanyahu earlier said the U.S. and Israeli governments were in talks on setting a clear red line for Iran's nuclear program. He indicated if Iran stepped over this line, then its nuclear weapons facilities could be subject to a military strike.
     
    Iran denies it is building the bomb and says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. However, Western governments say the Iranian government is trying to develop at least the capacity to build and deliver nuclear weapons.
     
    The International Atomic Energy Agency this week demanded to inspect suspected nuclear weapons facilities in Iran. Many Western governments have imposed crippling economic sanctions on Iran because of its refusal to allow U.N. inspections and foot-dragging on negotiations on its program.
     
    On Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States would have a little more than a year to act to stop Iran's nuclear activities if the U.S. became certain Iran had decided to build a nuclear weapon.

    Panetta said in an interview with the CBS television network that the U.S. has the capability to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb.

    Hebrew University Political Science Professor Avraham Diskin says there appears to be disagreement between Israel and the United States over the timing of any military strike against Iran. But he adds this could be deceiving.
     
    "We cannot really know exactly who decides, who wants what, etcetera. The only thing that I am sure about is that there is a fluent exchange of information and ideas between the American administration and the government of Israel," he said. 
     
    He says it is also clear that the two governments do not want Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and are willing to use military force to prevent it.
     
    The Israeli prime minister appeared to be responding to remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. government would not set deadlines in the diplomatic effort with Iran.
     
    Netanyahu said with every day that passes Iran comes closer to building a nuclear weapon. "If Iran knows that there is no red line. If Iran knows there's no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing without any interference towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there nuclear bombs," he said. 
     
    Iran's nuclear program is likely to remain high on the agenda as world leaders prepare to meet in two weeks following the opening of the U.N. General Assembly's annual session.

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    by: DL from: USA
    September 11, 2012 3:14 PM
    Iran is the single greatest threat to global peace. Every governmental meeting in Iran is opened with a sworn oath to destroy Israel, America & NATO. A nuclear enabled regime under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will absolutely destabilize the Middle East and result in catastrophic loss of life. This situtation cannot be ignored, and considering Iran's blatant contempt for the U.N., Iran is sealing its fate as well as that of the free world.

    by: Tim from: TX
    September 11, 2012 2:51 PM
    If Iran gets a nuke, they will use it regardless of consequences. They believe if they create an atmoshpere chaos, then their final Mahdi will appear. Iran's leader has gone as far as saying this!

    by: Bretfox from: Somewhere
    September 11, 2012 2:51 PM
    What many posters on this site seem to forget or ignore is the fact that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East. Should we just let the Muslims take over the entire Middle East? You have seen what the Muslims did to us on 911. Do you think they will suddenly become our friends if Israel gets wiped off the map? Obama has admitted that he is a Muslim so we know where he stands. God save Israel. God save America.

    by: G-Factor from: USA
    September 11, 2012 2:38 PM
    Wow! I wish my country's leader had a spine and the capability of independent thought. Maybe someday...

    by: JohnWV from: USA
    September 11, 2012 2:38 PM
    However did we get it all so backwards? As a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty, Iran has an internationally recognized right to develop and implement nuclear technology. Israel rejected the NPT and has no such right. Yet, the Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran; actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, should be sanctioned and forced to reveal its nuclear machinations to IAEA inspection. However did we get it all so backwards?

    by: JohnWV from: USA
    September 11, 2012 2:36 PM
    Iran is only Israel's current fixation. America's entire electoral system has been corrupted by Netanyahu's Israel, AIPAC, Israel Firsters and ingenious distribution of enormous amounts of Jewish money. Our representative democracy is nearly defeated and the destruction of America as we know it well underway. Termination of the criminal treachery and treason demands immediate priority. The Government of the United States must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's relentless pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid supremacist empire in, and beyond, the Mideast.

    by: Joshua from: Los Angeles, CA
    September 11, 2012 2:32 PM
    I'm not a war monger, but probably in our best interests to prevent a nation from obtaining nuclear weapons that chants "Death to America, Death to Israel!" after most political speeches.

    by: dick m from: USA
    September 11, 2012 2:31 PM
    I am tired of fighting everyone elses battles. If you go there and start something don't ask for help later. We are the same people you would not listen to. Now is the time for rebuilding in the USA to make it better then it ever was. Its about time we help ourselves first this time.

    by: bretfox from: Somewhere
    September 11, 2012 2:30 PM
    If Israel acts before the election they will be acting without any support from Obama. Israel will be annihilated. If Israel waits until after the election Romney will defend Israel. If Netanyahu is as smart as he seem to be he will wait until Romney is sworn in to office on January 20th, 2013. That seems like eternity.

    by: DayOf Deen from: USA
    September 11, 2012 2:28 PM
    I never read in the news, almost daily, where it says Iran is threatening Israel with an attack. I never read that says Iran is stepping up its threats against Israel. I am always reading in the news what Israel wants to do to Iran or how the USA should attack Iran. I wonder how this should be taken in the ears of Iran when they hear and read almost daily that someone wants to be the aggressor towards them? Should Iran be allowed to pre-empt Israel just as Bush doctrine was able to pre-empt another nation? I perhaps Iran should attack Israel before Israel attacks them as a pre-empted strike because Israel is on a daily basis threatening Iran. Maybe, this is pure propaganda on Israel's part to entice Iran to attack them so Israel will feel justified to retaliate against Iran. I guess Israel is so frustrated that that strategy haven't worked. It seems that Iran has a cool head.
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