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Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:30 PM

Netanyahu: Containment policy for Iran won’t work

Source: Salon/AP

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says a policy of containment for Iran will not work because Tehran is guided by a “leadership of fanaticism.”

In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also says he disagrees with those who argue that going to war with Iran would be worse than a nuclear Iran.

“Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism,” he said. “You want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?”

Washington wants to give diplomacy and sanctions more time to pressure Tehran to abandon its suspect nuclear work.

But Netanyahu has warned repeatedly that Iran is perilously close to acquiring a nuclear bomb. Earlier this week, he criticized the U.S. specifically over its containment policy, saying peaceful methods are not working.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/09/16/netanyahu_containment_policy_for_iran_wont_work_3/

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Reply Netanyahu: Containment policy for Iran won’t work (Original post)
DonViejo Sep 2012 OP
madaboutharry Sep 2012 #1
CoffeeCat Sep 2012 #6
nanabugg Sep 2012 #2
McCamy Taylor Sep 2012 #3
Selatius Sep 2012 #13
Fuddnik Sep 2012 #4
MichiganVote Sep 2012 #5
Canuckistanian Sep 2012 #9
polly7 Sep 2012 #7
Canuckistanian Sep 2012 #8
DallasNE Sep 2012 #10
defacto7 Sep 2012 #11
davidthegnome Sep 2012 #12

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:34 PM

1. So did his old friend Mitt tell him

he will get a green light if he (Mitt) is elected?

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:51 PM

6. Of course mitt gave BN reassurances

That he would take th US into war eith Iran if he was elected.

Netanyahu has been saber rattling and complaining about the US's response to Iran.

I'm not quite clear on how close or productive the relstionship is between Obama and Netanyahu--but it is clear that Mitt is working overtime to convince Netanyahu of his love of war.

It's quite disgusting.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:38 PM

2. And neither will a preemptive strike. Stop costing us our lives and our treasure! nt


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:46 PM

3. Why is Israel so preoccupied with Iran when Al Qaeda is much more aggressive and dangerous?

Could Israel be working for the NeoCons who want us to invade Iran for its oil? Since Al Qaeda is the U.S.'s biggest enemy and Iran is the enemy of Al Qaeda, should not we be courting Iran?

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 03:46 AM

13. Iran is a convenient distraction for Israeli right-wingers to deflect attention from economic issues

Netanyahu is not terribly popular with respect to the domestic situation inside Israel. There's high unemployment and social services are not up to the task of covering everybody. People want a strong safety net and a solution to an anemic economy. There are constant protests against his economic policies. They need jobs, and they're tired of waiting.

Traditionally, the Labor Party would be at an advantage in such economic times, but as long as the issue of war is the main topic, Likud will continue to control the national dialogue and the legislative agenda, and Likud is filled with people from the right to the far-right, and Likud is seen as strong on national defense. Labor, on the other hand, is seen as more dovish, so when war threatens, people may trust Likud more.

The consensus is that Iran's leaders have not yet decided to build a bomb. They may be moving to the point where they obtain the capabilities of creating a fission bomb, and I don't think that is in dispute. What is in dispute is whether the leadership in Tehran will utilize such a capability to build a bomb or simply continue to use the capability to enrich uranium for domestic use. Likud's position is that merely the Iranian capability of building a bomb is intolerable.

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