2007: Israeli-Iranian face off?!

Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz told an Israeli security conference earlier this week, following his meeting with visiting U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns.

2007: Israeli-Iranian face off?!

But Iran seems ready for any possibility in the standoff over its nuclear program.

Last Thursday, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed back over the U.S. military buildup in the Gulf, stressing that his country is ready for any possibility in the standoff over its nuclear program.

"Today, with the grace of God, we have gone through the arduous passes and we are ready for anything in this path," state-run television quoted the Iranian leader as saying.

As revealed by numerous media reports, the United States has sent an aircraft carrier to the Gulf this week, the second to be deployed in the region, apparently, as described by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, intended to impress on Iran that the four-year war in Iraq has not made America weak.

And most recently, Iran conducted a series of war games. The four-day exercise southeast of Tehran, were apparently in response to the U.S. decision to send second warship to Gulf waters.

"Ground forces of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are completely ready to tackle any kind of foreign threats," said artillery commander Majid Ayeneh on Monday.

But as the current international tension over Iran's atomic programme grows, Israeli politicians on the other hand, appear readying the public for military conflict with Tehran.

Last week, Bibi, or Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli opposition leader told a security forum in Herzliya that individual states and companies should begin taking tougher measures against the Islamic Republic than the sanctions that had been imposed recently by the United Nations Security Council to force Iran end its nuclear activities.

The first step, according to Netanyahu would be to invoke financial sanctions to "divest genocide" and "delegitimise the regime of Iran through economic and political pressure".

"Either it will stop the nuclear program without the need for a military operation, or it could prepare for it. When we are talking about rallying public opinion on genocide, who will lead the charge if not us? No one will come defend the Jews if they do not defend themselves. This is the lesson of history," the hawkish Likud leader who was once the Israeli Prime Minister said.

However, and while speaking to reporters, Bibi doubted the Iranian regime, which he described as "genocidal" was "deterrable," which is what Shmuel Bar, an Islamic specialist at the Herzliya centre, stressed when he said that Washington and Iran were engaged in "very dangerous brinkmanship".

"The conspiracy theory goes that the U.S., with the UK and Israel, will take action to topple the Islamic regime, and that this has nothing to do with the nuclear issue," Bar said.

The United Nations Security Council's decision on Dec. 23 to impose sanctions banning the trade of goods related to Iran's nuclear program doesn't seem to have achieved Washington's goal of intimidating Iran.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16