Dennis Ross: Israeli leaders talk about Iran nuclear threat to motivate the world to act (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Natasha Mozgovaya 05/07/12)
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Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dennis Ross said Sunday that Israeli
leaders have been speaking publicly about a possible Iran attack in
order to motivate the rest of the world to act.
Speaking during the 2012 Weinberg Founders Conference at the
Washington Institute in Virginia on Sunday, Ross suggested that
Israel wants the world to act on Iran, as opposed to taking matters
into its own hands.
"With Osirak in 1981, did Israel talk about it? Or in 2007 about the
Syrian reactor? Why are the Israelis talking now? To create
motivation for the rest of the world," said Ross.
He also said that Israeli leaders have been making public statements
on Iran "in case the diplomacy fails, no one will be surprised."
The 2012 Weinberg Founders Conference began on Friday, at the
Washington Institute in Virginia. The yearly conference brings
together diplomats, government officials, journalists, and experts
for a weekend conference focused on Middle East policy.
This year´s conference featured a panel discussion entitled "U.S.-
Israel Relations in a Changing Middle East." The panel included
former ambassador Dennis Ross, who formerly served as President
Obama´s senior Iran adviser, former Israel Defense Forces
intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, and others.
During the discussion, Yadlin commented on the recent controversy
surrounding remarks made by former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin and
former Mossad chief Meir Dagan against an attack on Iran.
"In a democracy there is elected leadership, and appointed
professionals that need be brave in presenting their recommendation
to leadership in closed rooms. But whenever you retire, you should
impose on yourself at least a year of not speaking at all," said
Yadlin advised former senior officials from speaking in all but
critical situations. "If there is no black flag - government doing
something unethical - killing innocent people in their house - if
government is just considering a legitimate move – you had better
speak in understatements. Sometimes it´s even more effective,"
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, during a wide-
ranging interview was recently asked whether his concerns over the
possibility of an Israeli surprise attack on Iran have diminished.
"The United States had the opportunity to talk with the prime
minister of Israel as well as the defense minister, who is somebody
that I know and work with a great deal… we ought to continue to
operate in a unified way. That´s the most effective means of trying
to achieve our goal," replied Panetta. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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