Israel: EU paying lip service over Iran

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PostMon Dec 26, 2011 7:10 pm » by Malogg

Israel: EU paying lip service over Iran

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman believes that Europe's support for the Tel Aviv regime is mere lip service as Europe is not doing anything to prove it is working to stop Iran's drive for nuclear energy.

Addressing Israeli diplomats in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Sunday, Lieberman called on Europe to take immediate and “courageous decisions” on Iran, Reuters reported.

"Unfortunately my impression is that some of the nations of Europe and senior figures there speak about sanctions more in order to calm Israel than to stop Iran's nuclear program," he argued.

Earlier this month, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged Europe to impose crippling sanctions on Iran, saying it was "time for urgent, coherent, paralyzing" steps targeting Tehran's oil trade and central bank.

Barak and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have occasionally called for a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

However, several Israeli security and military figures have warned that an attack on Iran over its nuclear activities would lead to a regional war.

Former director of Mossad spy agency Meir Dagan said in a televised interview on November 29 that Iran, and the Hezbollah and Hamas resistance movements will respond with massive rocket attacks on Israel if the Tel Aviv regime attacks Iranian atomic sites.

He noted that Syria would also join Iran in that scenario.

Dagan added that such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of lost lives and would paralyze life in Israel.

In May, Dagan publicly argued against an airstrike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

He described the possibility of a future Israeli airstrike on Iran as “the stupidest thing he has ever heard.”

The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran's nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.

Iran has refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the NPT based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran has been subjected to snap IAEA inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency.

Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test was carried out at the Palmahim air base in central Israel.

This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers.

Paradoxically, Israel's new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.
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