Red Herring? Eh, a Giffita fish will do.
This is not a good deal. The Obama Administration should NOT be trusted. What PROOF have the JEWISH people that this Administration stands with them?
Obama and this Government has done EVERYTHING to undermine Israel.
This is not a good deal. The Jewish people and ISRAEL need to start SPEAKING the Truth. It’s a difficult thing, because the political correct crowed has installed fear into people and even governments. ISRAEL needs to start talking TRUTH.
Obama is on the side of the MUSLIMS. Nothing good can come from this.
Meanwhile-‘Former UN nuclear chief calls Iran program a threat’ (see article below the one from DEBKA)
And Obama and his henchmen have the audacity to come to the table with this Red Herring.
Netenyahu’s answer should be a Gefilte fish.
Obama weighs offer of US nuclear umbrella if Israel scraps Iran strike:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2010, 11:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
A study of the mood among Israeli leaders and military chiefs indicates that at any moment a strike on Iran’s nuclear sites must be taken into account. The Israeli media show nothing of this; they are totally absorbed in guessing whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will extend the 10-month settlement construction moratorium beyond its Sept. 25 expiry date at the talks opening with the Palestinians next week. The American media, in contrast, are highlighting speculation about a possible Israeli attack on Iran.
DEBKAfile’s Washington and Jerusalem sources believe Israel has revived its military option against Iran – especially since Iran activated its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr on Aug. 21, thereby placing Washington under enormous pressure. In addition to the dire predictions of catastrophe planted on various op-ed pages, the Obama administration this week sent two big guns to Jerusalem to try and check an Israel attack.
The first to arrive was International Atomic Energy Agency Director Yukiya Amano, who explained that under his stewardship the nuclear watchdog’s treatment of Iran would be quite different from the lenience shown by his predecessor, Mohamed ElBaradei. He promised its inspectors would henceforth clamp down hard on Iran’s nuclear activities including the Bushehr reactor.
Thursday, Aug. 26, Amano was joined by Daniel Shapiro, Middle East Director of the National Security Council and close friend of many Israeli leaders. He came laden with offers of security gifts – possible rewards both for restraint on Iran and as a softener for Netanyahu to be generous with concessions to the Palestinians in the forthcoming negotiations.
Shapiro has taken three days to make his pitch on Iran, while Netanyahu has less than a week to decide whether he can again trust the US president’s new promises after they were not exactly upheld in the way the Bushehr reactor was allowed to go on stream or the modalities for the negotiations with the Palestinians.
While preparing the Shapiro mission, the administration let it be known that the security gifts on offer would be dramatic and make the IDF one of the strongest and most advanced armies in the world.
Advance notice came in a series of leaks to former CIA officer Bruce Riedel, who is very close to President Obama, for an article he published in the influentialThe National Interest on Aug. 25 under the caption “If Israel Attacks.”
Riedel urged the US to do everything in its power to stop an attack happening as it would spell catastrophe and advised Israel to adjust to the fact that the development of an Iranian atom bomb can no longer be halted.
To make Israel feel secure in the new reality, Riedel “proposed” four steps for strengthening the Israeli armed forces and lending it a second-strike capability – even against an Iranian nuclear attack.
1. The US must spread a nuclear umbrella over Israel that would entail the installation of American nuclear depots in Israel to show Tehran that a nuclear attack on the Jewish state would meet with a US nuclear response.
2. American nuclear submarines would be supplied to the Israeli Navy as the backbone of its nuclear counter-strike capability. There are two categories – ballistic missile submarines and attack submarines.
3. The Israeli Air Force would receive US F-22 Raptor stealth jets, the most sophisticated warplane in the skies today. They would be equipped with all the systems and ordnance needed to strike the Iranian nuclear program.
4. The US would arrange for Israel’s full membership of NATO, so rendering an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel subject not just to US retaliation but a declaration of war by the 26-member alliance.
To qualify for these American security perks, Riedel made it clear that Israel would be required to come to terms with a nuclear-armed Iran and eschew military action against it, a provision which DEBKAfile’s military and Jerusalem sources say the Netanyahu government is most unlikely to accept.
For the Riedel analysis, which runs to 3,600 words, has a built-in contradiction. He portrays the Iranian leadership as consisting, behind their fiery rhetoric, of reasonable people who, when it comes down to it, will react to military and political pressure situations in a way that will not endanger their regime and their country’s very survival.
However, this proposition does not take into account the Islamic Republic rulers’ persistent threats to wipe Israel off the map (without regard to the hazards this would incur) or his own and the Obama administration’s conviction that if Israel attacks Iran, Tehran will hit back at US targets and interests (even more hazardous).
DEBKAfile’s sources ask: Why would a “reasonable” regime risk going to war with America instead of limiting its military action to Israel?
And what good would all the wonderful new military systems be to Israel for a second-strike capability when an initial Iranian nuclear attack would suffice to destroy the tiny Jewish state?
‘Former UN nuclear chief calls Iran program a threat’:
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Heinonen quoted as saying Teheran a year away from material for 1-2 bombs; Moscow “considering” Iran’s offer to establish a nuclear consortium to fuel future reactors.
Heinonen called Iran’s nuclear program a “threat” in a rare public interview, given shortly before he stepped down from his position as deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Heinonen was head of the IAEA’s nuclear safeguards arm, which monitors countries’ nuclear programs to make sure they are intended for peaceful use. Heinonen left the post in August for personal reasons.
The Finnish former director-general was an expert on Iran’s nuclear program, Reuters said. Iran is suspected of creating the program with intent to develop a weapon, although Teheran insists the program is peaceful.
Heinonen said Iran has three tons of low-enriched uranium, which if refined much further could fuel a bomb. “In theory, it is enough to make one or two nuclear arms,” he told Le Monde. “But to reach the final step, when one only has just enough material for two weapons, does not make sense.” He was interviewed just before he left office.
Iran has asked Russia to join forces in establishing a nuclear consortium to supply fuel for the newly operational Bushehr plant, as well as other plants due to begin functioning in the future.
According to reports on Thursday, Iranian Vice President and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told state news agency IRNA that the proposal to Russia was made “for the creation of a consortium, licensed by that country, to do part of the work in Russia and part of it in Iran.”
He continued: “Moscow is studying this offer. We (Iran) should show the world our capability in uranium production and transforming it to nuclear fuel.”
On August 21, Russia began fueling Iran’s first nuclear power plant in Bushehr, and has committed to doing so for the next ten years.
Bushehr’s inauguration was a major milestone for Iran as Teheran forges ahead with its atomic program despite UN sanctions.
“Despite all pressure, sanctions and hardships imposed by Western nations, we are now witnessing the startup of the largest symbol of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities,”Salehi told reporters inside the plant.
Russia, which helped finish building the plant, pledged to safeguard the site and prevent spent nuclear fuel from being shifted to a possible weapons program. After years of delaying its completion, Moscow says it believes the Bushehr project is essential for persuading Iran to cooperate with international efforts to ensure Iran does not develop the bomb.
The United States, while no longer formally objecting to the plant, disagrees and says Iran should not be rewarded while it continues to defy UN demands to halt enrichment of uranium, a process used to produce fuel for power plants but which can also be used in weapons production.
Although Iran says they currently have enough fuel to operate Bushehr for one year and that they will continue to enrich uranium, they have also stated that they do not intend to produce all the nuclear fuel domestically in the future.