Yadlin urges Obama to address Knesset (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 08.18.12, 17:14)
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Former MI chief says best way for president to convey his commitment
to preventing nuclear Iran is to visit Israel
Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin has called on US
President Barack Obama to visit Israel in a gesture that would
reaffirm his administration´s commitment to preventing a nuclear Iran.
In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post on Saturday,
Yadlin stressed that a direct message from the president could mend
the growing rift in the relationship between the two countries and
prove not only to Israel but also to Iran, Russia and even Saudi
Arabia that the US military option is credible.
"This message, delivered by the president of the United States to the
Israeli Knesset, would be far more effective than US officialsí
attempts to convey the same sentiment behind closed doors," Yadlin
Yadlin, who now heads the Institute for National Security Studies,
also details five other steps meant "convince allies and adversaries
alike that military action is real, imminent and doable."
First, according to Yaldin, Obama must inform Congress in writing
about his intention use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining
nuclear weapons, should diplomacy fail. Secondly, he suggests that
Washington should heighten US military presence in the Gulf, order
military exercises with its Mideast allies and bolster missile
defense deployment in the region.
Next, Washington should arm Israel with military technology and
intelligence in order to "strengthen Israelís military capabilities
and extend the window in which Israel can mortally wound Iranís
The final two steps include public statements by US officials about
the risks of a nuclear Iran, and a public expression of commitment by
Obama to the security of US allies in the gulf.
"Israel cannot afford to outsource its security to another country.
But if the United States wants Israel to give sanctions and diplomacy
more time, Israelis must know that they will not be left high and dry
if these options fail," he concluded. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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