compiled by Cem Ertür
18 November 2008
1) Israeli Air Force Major General: ‘All Options Are on the Table’
2) Israeli Leaders Warn of Iran
3) Military action against Iran: The Iranian perspective
4) Address by the President of the State of Israel to the British Parliament, on the occasion of his visit to the U.K.
excerpt from ‘All Options Are on the Table‘
by Christoph Schult, Spiegel Online, 17 November 2008
In order to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb, the Israeli army is preparing itself for a possible military strike on Iran. “We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us,” Israeli Air Force Major General Ido Nehushtan tells SPIEGEL in an exclusive interview.
Israeli Leaders Warn of Iran
United Jewish Communities, 17 November 2008
For several years, including at the 2006 GA in Los Angeles, Israeli leaders have warned about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. The issue remains very much Topic A in Israel, and both Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres focused on it during their plenary speeches.
“Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran has not ceased its funding and training of terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and around the world. Iran has not stopped its pursuit of regional hegemony and creating chaos in this tormented region,” Olmert said.
We must unite our forces, as part of the international community, led by the United States of America; We must confront Iran’s malevolent diligence and thwart it with greater force.”
Peres, meanwhile, said Iran is a danger not only because of its nuclear development and long-range missiles, but for its “ambitions. Iran is the only country in the world with imperial ambitions,” he said.
Military action against Iran: The Iranian perspective
by Ephraim Kam, INSS, November 2008
Address by the President of the State of Israel to the British Parliament, on the occasion of his visit to the U.K.
19 November 2008
Hezbollah is stubbornly belligerent. And the Iranian leadership is obsessed with its quest for regional religious domination. This quest is supported by long range missiles, enriched uranium and fanatic incitement – all fueled by the excessive price of oil. The Iranian leadership’s grand design is to convert the Middle East from a region of nations into one religious bloc.
They attempt to impose their version on everyone. Whoever disagrees is deemed a heretic and is doomed to disappear.
The conflict in the Middle East serves as fertile ground for Ahmedinejad.
There is a need for a joint effort to stop the Iranian threat. To answer fear with hope. The moderate Arab leaders feel that ending the conflict must come before the conflict may bring an end to the Middle East. The international community should prevent Iran from shattering the already fragile stability in the region.
On one hand, we see how Iranian radicalism thrives on the division of the international community and the disproportionate cost of oil. It permits them to invest fortunes in weapons of mass destruction in spite of their feeble economy.
This Iranian policy is a grave danger to world security. The way to confront it now is an economic strategy that will value development and punish belligerency.
We are not at war with the Iranian people. It is the Iranian leadership that calls for war against us – non-Muslims and Muslims who refuse to adhere to their attempt to gain hegemony.