Iran nuclear program

Reading The ‘Red Line’ Tea Leaves

Reaction to Bibi’s UN speech; Jewish leaders who met with Abbas disappointed in his UN speech.

09/28/2012
Staff Writer

By using a Wile E. Coyote-style stick drawing of a bomb and a red marker in his United Nations speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time clarified the difference between Israel’s red line and President Barack Obama’s when it comes to stopping Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.

It’s the difference between enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity — Netanyahu’s red line — vs. the U.S. position that it will wait to see if Iran develops a trigger mechanism to create such a bomb.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his visual aid at the United Nations.

At UN, Netanyahu Says Spring Is 'Red Line' For Iran Nuke Program

09/27/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that the "red line" he is seeking as a warning to Iran to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program would come as early as next spring.

The forecast, while coming in a speech on Thursday that emphasized his concerns that the international community was ignoring Iran's capability at its peril, was nonetheless notable for setting a deadline months after the U.S. presidential election in November.

Obama, At UN, Rejects Iran Nuclear Containment As Tensions Build

09/25/2012

President Barack Obama told the United Nations that "containment" of a nuclear Iran is not an option and would pose an existential threat to Israel.

Koch Is 'Pissed' At Obama Over Israel

Shortly after he backed the Republican in a tight Brooklyn/Queens race for Congress a year ago, saying President Obama needed a message on Israel, former Mayor Ed Koch shifted gears and endorsed the president’s election.

Senate Overwhelmingly Endorses 'Red Line' On Iran

09/23/2012

 

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly endorsed language that sets a red line for Iran "nuclear capability."

The non-binding resolution, introduced in February by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) says that "it is a vital national interest of the United States to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability."

The resolution passed late on Sept 21 by a vote of 90-1, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voting against.

Memo to Bibi: What Are You Thinking?

09/20/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Having made a private vow to myself to steer clear of politics during this High Holiday season, I write this article with considerable ambivalence.  The deepest truth is that it is not about the American presidential campaign per se, nor is it intended to indicate a preference for one candidate over another, though I won’t pretend not to have one.  The real issue that I want to address has to do with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his obvious decision to insert himself- and Israel- into the American presidential campaign.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Romney Says Iran Nuke A 'Red Line'

09/16/2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that he had the same “red line” as President Obama on Iran but a different strategy to prevent the Islamic Republic from crossing it.

Romney told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that his “red line” on Iran was the acquisition of a nuclear weapon.

Former Officials Say Strike On Iran Would Only Delay Nuke Program

09/14/2012

A group of former U.S. security officials said an Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities may delay Iran’s nuclear program by two to four years.

A U.S. air strike involving Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) stealth B-2 bombers dropping 30,000-pound precision-guided penetrating bombs “carried out to near perfection” could delay Iran’s program by up to four years, according to the report.

AC/DC In Iran, And Other News You May Have Missed

While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted last week that another 1,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges had gone on line, the cyberwar attempt to scuttle Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb continues with a new computer worm causing havoc.

An Iranian nuclear scientist has reportedly sent e-mails complaining that computers at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear plants began playing the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume during the middle of the night.

Romney Says He'll Do The Opposite Of Obama On Israel

06/17/2012

Mitt Romney told an audience of Christian conservatives that he would do the “opposite” of what President Obama has done when it comes to Israel.

“I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite,” Romney said Saturday in an address by video to a conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the all but certain Republican presidential nominee, is in Pennsylvania, campaigning. The Faith and Freedom Coalition conference took place in Washington D.C.

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