Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Israel could launch military strike on Iran ‘within nine months’

imageisrael could launch an air strike against Iran within nine months in a bid to slow Tehran’s progress towards building a nuclear weapon, according to a former senior White House aide.
Dennis Ross, a veteran diplomat on the Middle East, said Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not necessarily feel restrained by objections from President Barack Obama, despite his country’s historically close ties with Washington. (more…)

Israel partly to blame for growing isolation in region, says US

imageThe United States has delivered an unusually blunt critique of Israel’s foreign policy by claiming that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was partly responsible for its growing isolation in the region.

Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, suggested that Israel carried a portion of the blame for its deteriorating relationship with Turkey and Egypt, two vital allies whose ties with the Jewish state have become increasingly strained in recent weeks.

Speaking as he arrived in the Holy Land on Monday for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Mr Panetta gave warning that Israel’s dependence on its military dominance was not a sufficient safeguard given the dramatic shifts in the Middle East’s political landscape in the wake of the Arab Spring.

“There’s not much question in my mind that they maintain that (military) edge,” he said. “But the question you have to ask is it enough to maintain a military edge if you’re isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena.

“At this dramatic time in the Middle East, when there have been so many changes, it’s not a good situation for Israel to become increasingly isolated. And that’s what happening.” (more…)

Turkey’s PM rallies Arab world in Cairo with call for UN to recognise Palestine

imageTurkey’s prime minister has called for the Palestinian flag to finally be raised at the United Nations, insisting that international recognition of the state was now an obligation, not an option.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a much-anticipated speech to the Arab League in Cairo to rally opposition to Israel, and promised that Turkey would stand in solidarity with those struggling for political change in the Arab world. (more…)