Sunday, January 22, 2006

Israel and the Military Option

Israel's defense minister hinted that Israel may be preparing for military action against Iran in order to stop the country from acquiring nuclear weapons:

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran's nuclear program, but said international diplomacy must be the first course of action.

"Israel will not be able to accept an Iranian nuclear capability and it must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies, and this we are preparing," Shaul Mofaz said.

His comments at an academic conference stopped short of overtly threatening a military strike but were likely to add to growing tensions with Iran.

Iran responded to this news by calling Israel's statements "childish games", and noting that if Israel were to use force they would be making a "fatal mistake":

Iran on Sunday said Israel would be making a "fatal mistake" should it resort to military action against Tehran's nuclear program and dismissed veiled threats from the Jewish state as a "childish game"...

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Israel was only trying to add to Western pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear program.

"We consider Mofaz's comments a form of psychological warfare. Israel knows just how much of a fatal mistake it would be (to attack Iran)," Asefi told reporters. "This is just a childish game by Israel."

Israel is serious about not allowing Iran to procure nuclear weapons. So serious that the country is preparing itself for a potential invasion of Iran. I only hope that the United States is as serious about Iran's nuclear program as Israel is.

And just to clarify, I am confident that the administration means business, it's congress' minority party that I'm worried about.