As IAEA Fails, Lieberman Says: Israel Will Decide Whether to Bomb Iran (JEWISH PRESS) By: Malkah Fleisher 02/23/12)
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As atomic energy watchdogs reported being denied access to critical
Iranian nuclear facilities, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman told reporters that Israel alone would make the decisions
necessary for the security of its citizens.
Lieberman told Channel 2 news that the US and Russia may apply
pressure on Israel not to conduct pre-emptive strikes against Iranian
nuclear facilities, but that the decision is “not their business.”
“The security of the citizens of Israel, the future of the state of
Israel, this is the Israeli government’s responsibility,” he said.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called a military
option against Iran “catastrophic”, and told reporters at a news
conference that he “hope[s] Israel understands all these
consequences.” The US has also discouraged Israel from launching an
Israel has publicly confirmed that it is weighing the option of a
military attack on Iran, considering that frequent calls from
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – backed by national spiritual leader
Ayatollah Ali Khameini – for the eradication of the State of Israel
could become more than rhetoric if Iran acquires atomic weapons.
Representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on
a mission to investigate the Iranian nuclear program and resolve the
escalating tensions reported Wednesday that they had met with a lack
of cooperation from Iran.
The inspectors were denied access to the heavily-guarded Parchin
military base during two days of meetings which ended on
Tuesday. “We couldn’t get access and we couldn’t finalize a way
forward,” IAEA chief inspector Herman Nackaerts told reports in
Vienna on Wednesday.
Iran has consistently denied seeking nuclear energy for military
purposes, despite previous findings by the IAEA that the nuclear
program is most likely being used to attain weapons.
Notwithstanding, Iran has refused to cooperate with investigations
for nearly four years. Several countries have responded with
economic sanctions intended to cow the country into cooperation. (©
2012 JewishPress. 02/23/12)
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