Updated: August 16, 2009
compiled by Cem Ertür
30 June 2009
1) Israeli ambassador to US: Obama’s end-of-the-year deadline to Iran has been moved up to September (16 August 2009)
2) Israeli ambassador to US: Iranian nuke could wipe off Israel in seconds (4 July 2009)
3) Israeli army to train overseas for Iran strike operation (5 July 2009)
excerpt from: Interview With Israeli Ambassador to United States
CNN web site, 16 August 2009
[W]e were greatly comforted during the [Israeli] prime minister’s visit here in May, when the [US] president told the [Israeli] prime minister that there would be a serious reassessment of the engagement policy before the end of the year.
And we are further reassured now that that end-of-the-year deadline has been moved up to September. We actually have a date when it’s going to occur.
We are comforted by the fact that the [Obama] administration, in the aftermath of recent events in Iran, has exhibited greater willingness to consider formulating a package of serious sanctions against Iran, even now in advance of the reassessment.
[Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” interview, 16 August 2009]
excerpt from: ‘Iran nuke could wipe Israel off map in seconds’
Haaretz, 4 July 2009
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, on Friday warned that an Iranian atomic bomb could “wipe Israel off the map in a matter of seconds,” and that the Iranians could “accomplish in a matter of seconds what they denied Hitler did, and kill 6 million Jews, literally.”
Oren made his comments in a conversation with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
The newly appointed ambassador warned, “There are clocks ticking all around,” with regard to the Iranian nuclear issue. “One of those clocks is the uranium enrichment clock, which will show that by a certain date the Iranians will have sufficient, highly enriched uranium materials to create a bomb that could literally wipe Israel off the map in a matter of seconds.”