Lieberman: Israel cannot rely on the international community (ISRAEL HAYOM) Shlomo Cesana, Eli Leon, Mati Tuchfeld and Maya Cohen 08/14/12)
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Foreign minister accuses international community of standing idly by
over the last 17months • "With all the promises and security
guarantees can we trust international community?" • White House:
There is still "time and space" for Iran sanctions to work.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday once again hinted that
Israel may have to go it alone when it comes to stopping Iran´s
nuclear program. Speaking about the ongoing violence in Syria,
Lieberman said the international community could not be counted on
when it comes to events in the Middle East.
Lieberman also elaborated on Israel´s view of the popular uprising in
Syria, saying that what was happening there "should bother all of us,
since this represents a failure by the international community to end
the killing of civilians."
"It [the Syrian regime] has not demonstrated its capacity to end the
slaughtering of human beings; the carnage in Syria has been taking
place for 18 months and not a finger has been lifted; this raises
many troubling questions," the foreign minister said.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated the
administration´s view on Monday that a strike on Iran would be ill-
advised at this point, despite Iran´s failure to comply with the
demands of the international community.
"We regret that Iran has not yet made a strategic decision to address
the international community’s serious concerns regarding its nuclear
program and the ongoing P5+1 talks. However, we continue to believe
that there is time and space for diplomacy," Carney said.
"The opportunity remains for Iran to take advantage of this process
by taking the necessary steps to come into compliance with its
international obligations. In the meantime, even as we continue P5+1
talks, multilateral efforts to increase the pressure on Iran have not
ceased at all.
"The United States continues to work with its partners around the
world to increase the scale and scope on sanctions on Iran, as you
know, making clear that such pressure will only grow until Iran
changes course. Continued diplomatic efforts are not inconsistent
with expanded pressure,” Carney continued.
“That is the essence of the two-track approach that we’ve taken,
which is to step up, week by week, the pressure on Iran, the
isolation on Iran, through sanctions and other means, in an effort to
convince Iran that they need to make that strategic decision to abide
by their international obligations and renounce their nuclear weapons
ambitions. And we work with the Israelis as well as all of our
partners in that effort."
Carney´s comments were made just as U.S. officials denied the reports
in recent days that should Israel attack Iran, the U.S. would have to
join the fighting alongside the Jewish state.
The Russian Foreign Ministry lambasted the U.S. on Monday for the
latter´s decision to impose fresh sanctions on Iran.
“Those in Washington should understand that our bilateral relations
will seriously suffer if Russian companies working with Iranian
partners in strict accordance with Russian law and U.N. Security
Council resolutions are affected by the American restrictions,” a
Foreign Ministry statement said.
In Israel, several intellectuals, among them prominent writers, wrote
a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday demanding
that an attack on Iran be approved by the entire cabinet rather than
the inner cabinet or other select forum.
The authors of the letter also said they would petition the High
Court of Justice if they did not receive a response by Thursday.
Reacting to the letter, MK Danny Danon (Likud) said the signatories
represented "a minority from the radical left that undermines
Israel´s strength; the talk over a possible attack is pointless and
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