Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making news today as he says that if the situations in Iran escalates and military action is needed, the US, not Israel, should lead the attack.
He is quoted in the Israel National News source Artuz Shiva as saying, “The last resort is a military action. And I would prefer it be an American action.”
Also, according to Olmert, “Israel certainly could be a part of the effort, but Israel should not lead it.”
When he was asked if he mistrusted the current Israeli Prime Minister, Olmert responds, “Apparently. You have to have full trust in the judgment of those who have to make the decisions. And you could understand from what I said that maybe something in my trust is lacking.”
This comes at a time when the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is openly preparing his country for war. According to Haaretz.com, the Prime Minister has been preoccupied with this purpose since his return from a visit in Washington, DC, in March. He has made such bold statements such as saying that if Iran is allowed to make the first move it will result in a “second holocaust.”
In a speech Netanyashu “urged his colleagues to reject claims that Israel is too weak to go it alone against a regional power such as Iran and therefore needs to rely on the United States.” He further went on to give three examples of times that former Prime Ministers have gone against the American’s directives, suggesting that Netanyahu intends to go ahead with his plans with or without United States approval.
However, Ben Aluf of Israel says that Netanyahu has been hinting that he has “Obama’s tacit approval for an Israeli attack against Iran – under the guise of opposition. Obama will speak out against it but act for it, just as the past U.S administrations speak against the settlements in the territories but allow their expansion.”
This goes along with US movement of naval ships, off the Strait of Hormuz, and a Pentagon statement issued by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
“We are not making any special steps at this point in order to deal with the situation. Why? Because, frankly, we are fully prepared to deal with that situation now,” said Panetta. There are US troops already stationed in nearby countries including Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and other nearby nations.
The US has come under worldwide criticism because they have been turning a blind eye to the systematic murders of Iranian nuclear scientists. Most recently was Mustafa Ahmadi Roshan who was killed in a car bombing in January. He was only 32 and now his wife and young son are without their husband and father.
He is one of four nuclear scientists assassinated in similar ways — another was killed by gunfire at close range outside of his young daughter’s nursery in Tehran last July.
American politician Rick Santorum has been quoted as saying, “On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing, candidly.” And he’s not the only American figure making such celebratory comments. Brigadier General Mordechia and Historian Micheal Burleigh are among those accepting the Israeli sanctioned killings.
Israel denies any involvement in the murders.
To further punish the Iranians for their refusal to halt their Uranium enrichment program, which they say is for energy purposes, the EU and America have tightened their hold on Iranian oil exportation. Beginning July 1st, if Iranian President Ahmadinejad does not come to an agreement, the European nations will impose an embargo of importation of oil from Iran. On top of that, America will tighten its sanctions on global financing on Iran’s oil trade, leaving the country with only Asia to sell to, and at that, they’d have to sell at discounted prices.
Iranian officials say they will view these sanctions as a declaration of war, and accordingly will close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation, effectively crippling the movement of oil and decimating the economies of countries dependant on oil from the Middle East.
The US has made it clear that if Iran makes this move, they will move to military strike, and the Iranian nuclear plants will be top priority.
The last time Iran and the US had this much fire power in this same area was in 1988, and a missile cruiser shot down an Iranian Airplane, killing 290 civilians, including 66 innocent children, says Julian Borger of The Hindu.
Talks between Washington and Iran are constant, but with July drawing near and Israel gearing up, it’s starting to look as though war is imminent. President Ahmadinejad does not want to relinquish his countries access to nuclear power. He said at a ceremony on Monday that “[Iran] has always demonstrated that whenever it ascends to power, it seeks peace and friendship and bears the flag of defending the nations’ rights.”
He also added that corrupt rulers are attempting to maintain power through intimidation, pressure, misinformation and well placed propaganda.
Elad Benari, Artuz Shiva
Aluf Ben, Haaretz
Julian Borger, The Hindu
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Yitzhak Benhorin, Y Net: World News
Mehndi Hasan, The Guardian UK