(Image source: Flickr)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Runaway rhetoric from all corners of the Israel-Iran conflict.

But is it an actual crisis — or election year posturing?

GOP PRES. CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY: “Iran has to be convinced that we would go all the way. That we would take military action, that military action is on the table.”

PRES. BARACK OBAMA: “...efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the unshakable opposition of the United States.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is running out of time in the face of what he calls a growing nuclear threat from Iran.

He recently met with President Obama in Washington — and in a press conference called Iran a common enemy.

NETANYAHU: “For them, you’re the Great Satan, we’re the Little Satan. … We are you, and you are us.”

Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. To keep it that way — President Obama has said military options are “on the table” — but he says he wants to give diplomacy more time to work.

Still — one look at a recent FoxNews.com column by security contributor KT McFarland — and you might conclude Israel and Iran are on the brink of war — with the U.S. in tow.

“Set your clocks and start your engines. We’re counting down for a conflict in the Middle East. … And here's the truth: whatever happens once the dust settles, Israel needs America.”

And yet — after having watched the very same press conference — The Daily Beast’s Michael Adler comes to almost the opposite conclusion.

“...the window [Netanyahu and Obama] were opening was one of a time for talks, not military attack. … [The meeting] for once eased, rather than increased, tension between the two leaders.”

But while Israel heard the whole “the U.S. has your back” thing — Iran’s Supreme Leader heard caution from the U.S. president’s words.

Ayatollah Khamenei is praising President Obama’s warnings against the drumbeat of war. The Telegraph calls it “one of the rare cases in which Iran’s top leader praised an American leader.”

Meanwhile — Jewish News One reports — Israelis are largely focused on President Obama’s pledge of support. But even at that...

“There are still many questions about his sincerity. Many believe the AIPAC speech was designed more for Israeli donors than the Israeli public.”

Then again — some in the Israeli media aren’t willing to wait for U.S. and Israel’s timetables to mesh. A Jerusalem Post editorial says Jewish leaders...

“...cannot simply place the fate of Israel in the hands of the US... Not only do they have the right as heads of a sovereign state to take action, they have a moral obligation...”

Already — the U.S. has placed sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. Meanwhile — Prime Minister Netanyahu insists those economic sanctions aren’t affecting on the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.

But in analysis for Al Jazeera — Palestinian writer and journalist Saleh Mohammed Na’ami says Israel’s tough talk is only aggravating matters in the region.

“...as long as Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people and the Arab nation is continuing, sooner or later, Arab countries and Islamic regional power will get what they need to protect their countries from any foreign aggression...”
 

Election Year Posturing in Israel-Iran Conflict?

by Christina Hartman
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Mar 9, 2012

Election Year Posturing in Israel-Iran Conflict?

(Image source: Flickr)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Runaway rhetoric from all corners of the Israel-Iran conflict.

But is it an actual crisis — or election year posturing?

GOP PRES. CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY: “Iran has to be convinced that we would go all the way. That we would take military action, that military action is on the table.”

PRES. BARACK OBAMA: “...efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the unshakable opposition of the United States.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is running out of time in the face of what he calls a growing nuclear threat from Iran.

He recently met with President Obama in Washington — and in a press conference called Iran a common enemy.

NETANYAHU: “For them, you’re the Great Satan, we’re the Little Satan. … We are you, and you are us.”

Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. To keep it that way — President Obama has said military options are “on the table” — but he says he wants to give diplomacy more time to work.

Still — one look at a recent FoxNews.com column by security contributor KT McFarland — and you might conclude Israel and Iran are on the brink of war — with the U.S. in tow.

“Set your clocks and start your engines. We’re counting down for a conflict in the Middle East. … And here's the truth: whatever happens once the dust settles, Israel needs America.”

And yet — after having watched the very same press conference — The Daily Beast’s Michael Adler comes to almost the opposite conclusion.

“...the window [Netanyahu and Obama] were opening was one of a time for talks, not military attack. … [The meeting] for once eased, rather than increased, tension between the two leaders.”

But while Israel heard the whole “the U.S. has your back” thing — Iran’s Supreme Leader heard caution from the U.S. president’s words.

Ayatollah Khamenei is praising President Obama’s warnings against the drumbeat of war. The Telegraph calls it “one of the rare cases in which Iran’s top leader praised an American leader.”

Meanwhile — Jewish News One reports — Israelis are largely focused on President Obama’s pledge of support. But even at that...

“There are still many questions about his sincerity. Many believe the AIPAC speech was designed more for Israeli donors than the Israeli public.”

Then again — some in the Israeli media aren’t willing to wait for U.S. and Israel’s timetables to mesh. A Jerusalem Post editorial says Jewish leaders...

“...cannot simply place the fate of Israel in the hands of the US... Not only do they have the right as heads of a sovereign state to take action, they have a moral obligation...”

Already — the U.S. has placed sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. Meanwhile — Prime Minister Netanyahu insists those economic sanctions aren’t affecting on the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.

But in analysis for Al Jazeera — Palestinian writer and journalist Saleh Mohammed Na’ami says Israel’s tough talk is only aggravating matters in the region.

“...as long as Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people and the Arab nation is continuing, sooner or later, Arab countries and Islamic regional power will get what they need to protect their countries from any foreign aggression...”
 

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