Taking Tehran’s Threats In Stride

Israeli public’s feelings on Iran a stark contrast to Netanyahu’s security warnings at AIPAC.
03/05/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — You would think, given the number of headlines devoted to a possible Israeli or American air strike on Iran in recent weeks, that Israelis would be storming their supermarkets, stocking up on bottled water and other essentials, as they did prior to the 1991 Gulf War.

Yet other than a run on milk and bread in Jerusalem in anticipation of last Friday’s short-lived snowstorm, most Israelis seem to be taking the threat of a strike on Iran, and the war that would likely result, more or less in stride.

Demonstrating that Jerusalem isn’t in war mode, friends Rosie Sharon, left, Nir Kartaginer and Avraham Biton picnicked.

Bibi Netanyahu: On History and Its Abuse

All eyes were on Bibi Netanyahu yesterday as he delivered his AIPAC speech.  At times he was disarming, at others bellicose, both emphasizing that Obama has Israel’s back, but that if need be, Israel would go it alone.  “The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future,” he thundered. “That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

Obama: Diplomacy Still Best Way To Stop Iran Nukes, But Military Option On Table

03/03/2012 - 19:00

President Obama said it was still possible to resolve Iran's suspected bid for a nuclear weapon through diplomacy, but added that a military option was still on the table and that containment was not an option.

"I firmly believe that an opportunity remains for diplomacy, backed by pressure, to succeed," Obama told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference on Sunday in Washington.

With Iran, Where Is The Point Of No Return?

At AIPAC conference, expect nukes talk on stage and behind closed doors.
02/27/2012 - 19:00

Washington — There will be the speeches, and they will resound like an echo. And then there will be the talk.

When President Barack Obama speaks on March 4 to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the group the following day, expect many of the same catchphrases to carry over: A nuclear Iran is unacceptable. Israel and the United States stand together.

Sen. John McCain, left, and Tom Donilon.

A War That’s Hardly Phony

02/20/2012 - 19:00

The war between Israel and Iran has already begun, if declarations of hostility and sabotage mean anything. The war is in a phase not unlike the Sitzkreig, or “phony war,” in late 1939 and early 1940, only insofar as there is, at least on the surface, more talking and jockeying for position than anything else, an almost eerie readying for an explosion that everyone was certain would happen, but had yet to ignite.

Fears Of Iran-Israel Escalation

After New Delhi attack, concerns that the conflict could grow.
02/13/2012 - 19:00

Washington — Iran and Israel appear to be locked in an assassination contest.

Israeli leaders blamed Iran for two assassination attempts late Sunday and early Monday — in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in New Delhi, India. The bomb in Tbilisi was disabled before it could be activated, and the attack in India wounded the wife of an Israeli diplomat and her driver.

Two people were injured when a bomb went off outside the Israeli Embassy Monday in New Delhi, India.

Amid Attack Talk, Israelis Split On Iran Tack

Weighing a preemptive strike or sanctions squeeze.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Before leaving with a carton of milk or a popsicle, customers at Eyal Monarov’s Tel Aviv convenience store usually pause to glance at the latest front-page headlines.

Lately newspapers have been chock-full of headlines about the threat of a nuclear Iran, and Monarov says his customers aren’t shy about sharing their opinions with him.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are said to be weighing a strike on Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran Bluster On Campaign Trail Distorts Complex Issue

Rhetoric, reality and the Jewish vote in ‘12 campaign.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In a presidential race even more devoid of foreign policy debate than usual, Iran and its alleged nuclear quest appear to be the exception. Republican contenders are outdoing each other with hints of military action to prevent the Islamic republic from crossing the nuclear threshold, and President Barack Obama promised in last week’s State of the Union address that “I will take no options off the table” in dealing with Iran.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. getty images

Israel, Iran And The Bomb

01/30/2012 - 19:00

The rhetoric and reporting around whether Israel, with or without U.S. involvement, will take military action against Iran this year, is ratcheting up. But that doesn’t make the conclusions any more clear. In fact, based on past history, when Israel takes military action it does so swiftly, suddenly and with no previous drumbeating in the press, as in the successful attacks on the nuclear reactor facilities in Iraq in 1981, and in Syria in 2009.

Panetta: It Would Take Iran One Year To Make Nuclear Bomb

01/29/2012 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said it would take Iran approximately one year to build a nuclear bomb.

"The consensus is that if they decided to do it, it would probably take them about a year to be able to produce a bomb and then possibly another one to two years in order to put it on a deliverable vehicle of some sort in order to deliver that weapon,” Panetta said in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS show “60 Minutes.”

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