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.”
In Conversation with Michael Oren (part 2)
Aspen Ideas Festival website, 3 July 2009
excerpts from: IAF to train overseas for Iran strike op
by Yaakov Katz and AP, Jerusalem Post, 5 July 2009
[…] The Jerusalem Post learned that the IAF [Israeli Air Force] plans to participate in aerial exercises in the US and Europe in the coming months with the aim of training its pilots for long-range flights. […]
IAF planes will take part this year in a joint aerial exercise with a NATO-member state that cannot be identified.
In addition, later this month, the air force will send F-16C fighter jets to participate in the Red Flag exercise at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. At the same time, several of the IAF’s C-130 Hercules transport aircraft will participate in the Rodeo 2009 competition at the McChord Air Force Base in Washington state.
Defense officials said the overseas exercises would be used to drill long-range manoeuvres. […] Israel has a number of defense pacts with countries under which the air force is allowed to fly in foreign airspace. […]
Last summer, more than 100 IAF jets flew over Greece in what was viewed as a test-run for a potential strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. […]
In May [this year], the French newsweekly L’Express reported that the IAF had staged military exercises over Gibraltar […] [in which] 83 jets drilled live bombing runs under a simulated surface-to-air threat environment.
Biden: US won’t stop Israel attack on Iran (5 July 2009)
Obama: The clock is ticking (26 June 2009)
Brookings Institution: Options for a new American strategy toward Iran (23 June 2009)
Netanyahu: 75% of the Iranians want regime change (23 June 2009)
Clinton threatens to attack Iran ‘the way that we did’ Iraq (7 June 2009)
Obama & Merkel visit Buchenwald concentration camp: We will do everything we can so that something like this never happens again (5 June 2009)
Israel holds drill simulating all-out war (21 May 2009)
Obama: I understand why Israel considers Iran an existential threat (17 May 2009)
Netanyahu: We will not allow Holocaust deniers to carry out another Jewish Holocaust (20 April 2009)
Obama: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat to its neighbor (5 April 2009)
CSIS report: Turkey would be the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran (16 March 2009)
IAEA chief: no hard evidence Iran seeking nukes
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Israel’s Ambassador to the US repeats a quote from an unidentified NATO official that Iran courl fire conventional or nuclear missiles into Europe in the foreseeable future.
This getting to sound a lot like what happened about two months before Israel got the US to invade and destroy Iraq and now Pakistan.
Muslims, Arabs, Iranians do not dislike you or hate you Americans for your lifestyle – you have your own ways and they have their own culture, which they happen to like. What is galling to them and other countries outside the US. is that America pays Israel 3million dollars a day plus all the arms and ammunition to kill an occupied, civilian population. It is not the Jews who are the victims in this conflict. It is the Jews of Israel who are committing genocide in Gaza, Jerusalem and The West Bank.
Your American veterans sleep in the streets while American taxpayers pay for a very high standard of universal health coverage for all Jews in Israel.
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and let me add this : God , nor the rights of God is not to be found in a place , whether it be Rome or Israel or America. God is to be found in the faces of the poor and destitute . those rejected by society . the sick . those are the people Jesus told us to take care of . he said ”whatever you do to them you have done to me”.
but that would be to much to ask wouldnt it ? why ? because we dont like the hard way . we like the easy way . the easy way is to be cruel . conquer land . be selfish . the hard way is to LOVE THE UNLOVABLE .
Has everyone on both sides of this debate forgotten that Jesus said ”the kingdon of God is within you ”. WITHIN YOU . WITHIN YOU . WITHIN YOU . debating over a peice of land is stupid . Israel has no right to the land . nor do we of this land we stole from the indians . stolen land everywhere. you think people would realize that the human heart is the problem and that this WITHIN YOU rule of a loving creator is the answer. sheesh .
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“The land called Zion is America and is the land the God promised to Jacob back in the day.”
Ummm, okay, no actual scripture cited, just your ‘informed’ opinion. Right.
As for the ridiculous claim that Iran could wipe out Israel with just 1 nuke, what makes you think Iran would destroy the second holiest site to Islam – the Dome of the rock in Jerusalem?
And if you allow for that idiotic reasoning to take hold, then what about Israel’s nuclear TRIAD – land, air and sea retaliatory forces with hundreds of actual nukes? Think they wouldn’t survive with enough force left to vaporize Iran if it tried it?
50+ years of the Cold War proved one thing – deterrence works. Now read some history kiddies and let the rest of us adults talk about the important stuff…
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Long ago, Israel coulda wiped off anyone else, and with the blessings of the USA, hence the nuclear arms race in the middle east and elsewhere.
I hope its not only a matter of time before one of these things goes off, wasn’t Hiroshima enough?
All the more reason why ‘never again’ means jews should NOT congregate in the miserable desert where they are categorically despised (more than ever), and dhould still diaspora to more peaceful realms.
This israel fixation will be a disaster, as it remains, for all concerned.
If isreal is the ’51st state’, then ‘Come Home America’.
Move away, as so many have, and perhaps, in a few generations or so, the miserable Zohans of Israel will feel less like killing anything islam, and will fade into the dust of history where zionism belongs.
But if you are a nuclear bomb technician or worker in a factory of such, or engineer for such, let’s get it straight that these (you) are the worst of individuals, making individual choices that will ultimately result in the incineration of millions.
The very individuals themselves, who agree to design and construct nukes are to blame, at least as much as those who will ‘deploy’ them.
May they burn in hell, yet there is no more violent place than nuclear hell.
Iran will be the thing that gets both America (the Mountains of Israel) and the tiny little craphole in the middle east they call israel today killed. Russia has threatened to preemptively nuke us over Iran for 2 years now and they have put the hardware in place to do it.
After all the nukes israel has and not signing the NPT, and being in violation 20 pages or so of UN resolutions, israel has NO right to say anything about Iran.
God has sald that He doesnt like you killing innocent people to enlarge your borders and He never promised you ANY land at all. The land called Zion is America and is the land the God promised to Jacob back in the day.
Armageddon will be on 10-10-09, the very same day that us/israel do their next false flag operation and it will be well deserved by the governments but the people will suffer too.
Russia will wipe the USA off the map. They think like “Mother Russia”, while the US, thinks how to build cheap consumer weapons.
The US will not back down from a very real threat; like a child playing games.
Furthermore, Russia has missiles, there is nothing that will stop it.
Obama is far more dangerous than Bush. Or should I say the people who backed Bush, are even more serious about getting their way with Obama.
The media’s turn for the worst, was USA’s final nails in their coffin. But, many other countries are tied at the hips with the USA.
GOD, Mafia, and Government are all based on fear. When they feel that you no longer need them, they will start new trouble. Just like the Mafia burning down your business, then the next day, they offer you protection. Religion is exactly the same way.
We won’t get anywhere, until we grow up, act kindly to each other, and take responsibility for the damage we each have either done, or allowed to do in our name. After all, these people are our public servants, nothing more.
Whatever you want to say about the Bible, it is FULL of details that perfectly describe America as Zion and the coming war and the current political situation and the coming of Nibiru. Whomever inspired those books certainly had divine knowledge. They even gave the date…..10-10-09. Remember it.
Hog wash. This is called a self fulfilled fantasy.
Be responsible for yourself, learn to see the history of evolution. maybe you wont squander the earth’s resources if you knew how long it took to come to be.
What’s with all the violent comments today? We will not have world peace until each and every one of us decides to be peaceful. Change starts with us. Do your part, please.
The Golden Rule
“That which is hateful to you do not do to another … the rest (of the Torah) is all commentary, now go study.”
– Rabbi Hillel
It’s always the people who are doing the harm; that spin it around, and act like others are in the wrong.
We are all fed up, and you my man, are just giving these people the backing in order to continue.
You see this same kind of word-play in domestic abuse. The enablers to an alcoholic are of the best actors.
Find a new career. Try something that does less harm, and manipulation to your fellow man.
It is hard to be peaceful when the entire landscape insists on celebrating war (on this day).
But… since I screamed at the top of my lungs (still wanna get an AP system ala Woodstock before hunting season), the M80’s (m-16’s?) Stopped (for now).
Suggest this suggests that if we just SCREAM at them the violence will stop.
But we have to get together, people, and scream at them in unison…
Demagogues know all too well the efficacious power of appealing to the prejudices, emotions and fears of the populace. Ill-intentioned, evil leaders, religious and nationalistic have, throughout the ages, and in most cultures, used the highly-effective weapons of demagoguery and fear mongering to disable the faculty of reason and reasoning in people, so as to get them to go along with and support, fervently, their evil-doings.
You lie enough times big lies; couple them with impassioned distorted facts and spreading of unfounded primordial and existential fear and you’ll have the majority of people eating right out of your hand. If you want them to follow you like brainless sheep, just speak in the name of God, who is exclusively on your side, and/or brandish the never-fails bomb of hyper-nationalism, like Hitler did, and you’ll lead them blindly to wars, death and destruction, that are naturally justifiable, for that is, in their simple and primitive mindset, God’s will and the only way to protect motherland from the bad guys whom you demonized to death.
Many of our politicians in the US have used this WMD on the unsuspecting, less-than-savvy masses, and Israel has been, as well, using this weapon on their own people, and to one degree or another on the people of the US, and they are still using it trying to manipulate and subvert more people into seeing the good in destruction, and the virtues of their evil acts. It’s their weapon of choice, and they will continue to use it for as long as there are simpletons amongst us who buy it.
According to experts, Iran has no nuclear weapons and is developing none. Israel has nuclear weapons and has not signed the the non-proliferation treaty. In the sixty years of its illegal existence, Israel has attacked everyone of its neighbors. In over four hundred years, Iran has attacked no one. Can we all say paranoia?
Oh in seconds ha .. with what, an electric shock from their power stations? I wish they have nukes like Israel, maybe they can rid the world of this cancer
It is no surprise that Jewish people run the housing project where I live. Like a mini version of Gaza. And if you complain, you are intimidated, or evicted. In every way imaginable, the Jew owners have suppressed, and robbed the good hard working folks of my community. Get this, then they lobby to pass hate crimes targeting Jews. What hyprocrisy, how pushy. This is not even your land; go somewhere else where they may want you.
There is also a Jewish banker here that is fixing to move from a 3 million dollar home, to a 14 million dollar home. And doing this during the brink of a depression here. No wonder what happened to the citizen’s money; I will let the readers guess that one.
If you look back at history. You will find that just about everywhere the Jewish people live, they are hated. Now I know why. Now that doesn’t mean that I would not have a Jew as a friend. But, I will chase away anyone takes up for their countryman, or just sits by and watch their people hurt others (especially in the horrific ways that you guys have). And this goes for my fellow American enablers as well.
It all comes back full circle. There is no lazy answer; it involves participation of us all. And the times that we are most afraid to get involved; is the time when we are needed the most. Our children expect nothing less of us.
And the problem with this is…………………………???
dare to dream.
please hit dc and londonistan too.
they will burn regardless.
I wish they’d hurry up. Israel is sucking us dry here in the USA.
Israel is once again exaggerating. But you know, if you treated others with respect, then you would not have to worry. And America is is fed up with you too. Boycotts,have been common place. And the American people are aware of the great influence Israel’s lobby on the American Government. There are many here who believe our public servants should be tried for treason. Furthermore, the money that you siphon off from our land will soon stop. This includes all the weapons you get from us to protect yourself. Instead, you use these weapons to start horrific wars with people who have done nothing to you. The propaganda in America for it’s wars, and our treasonous public servants help with your wars; is now becoming main stream news. In other words, your greed, destruction, and lies are catching up to you both. There is going to be big change, and the criminals will soon find their way to jail. Already, many of you are banned from other’s countries; and will be tried for war crimes should you set foot on foreign soil. And just like in America, the citizens who sit quiet, and enable these horrific crimes to humanity; are just as much at fault. So, why don’t you sleep on that.
So what’s the down side?
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