US Army Chief Meets with Gantz after Warning Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 03/20/12)
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U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey met with
IDF Chief of Staff Benny. Gantz Monday after having warned Iran it
will suffer if it “misjudges” America’s intentions.
Details of their conversation were not released. but it is widely
assumed that Iran headed the agenda.
Two days before their meeting, Dempsey said in an interview that Iran
should understand it would be making a “a gross misjudgment” if it
thinks that the United States is not serious about preventing
Tehran from becoming armed with a nuclear weapon.
Dempsey recently was criticized for having told Congress that he
views the Iranian regime as being “rational.” He explained what he
meant in an interview with the Public Broadcasting Service, in which
he stated, "Rational meant to me that there is an evident pattern of
behavior that this regime has followed since the Islamic Revolution
that, first and foremost, expresses their intention to remain in
power and to preserve the regime.
"Based on that, there are some things that we know they will respond
to. That´s a rational actor."
He noted that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein misjudged the will
of the United States. Iran “could get it wrong and suffer the [same]
consequences” as Hussein, Dempsey added.
Israel and the United States publicly agree on keeping nuclear
weapons out of Iran but openly disagree on the timing of a military
strike, if necessary. The Obama administration wants to wait for the
possibility of economic sanctions pressuring Iran to surrender its
refusal to allow full international inspection of its nuclear
facilities. President Obama also wants to avoid another war before
the elections in November.
Israel fears that Iran is close to the point of burying its nuclear
facilities so deep underground that they would be virtually immune
from a military attack.
Dempsey said intelligence information is an important factor in
judging whether sanctions can be effective.
"It´s time not necessarily measured in terms of months or years, but
in terms of our ability and capability to collect intelligence, to
see if they cross any thresholds," he said.
Lt. Gen. Gantz met with Dempsey in Washington after having visited
his Canadian counterpart, General Walt Natynczyk. (IsraelNationalNews
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