May 7th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Israeli political heavyweights publicly spar over Iran policy

By Guy Azriel

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak lashed out against former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and two former heads of Israeli security services who publicly criticized the policy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government on Iran.

In excerpts of an interview published last week, Barak told the Israeli daily Israel Hayom that Olmert, together with Meir Dagan, former head of the Israeli Mossad, and former head of internal security Yuval Diskin, were working for the benefit of the Iranian government.

"It isn't hard to see who does this serve," Barak said.

Barak expressed anger over what he sees as efforts to derail the government's campaign to increase international pressure on the Iranian regime to suspend its nuclear ambitions.

"They travel around the world and make comments that weaken the considerable achievements of the Israeli policy, in which we have turned the Iranian issue into an urgent and important matter not just for Israel but for the entire world," Barak said.

Israel views Iran's nuclear program as an imminent and urgent threat and has said that all options, including military action, are on the table if the program isn't stopped.

Last week, Diskin referred to Barak and Netanyahu as relying on "messianic impulses" and criticized the idea of an Israeli preemptive strike.

"Many experts have been saying throughout the years that one of the consequences of an Israeli attack in Iran could be a dramatic acceleration in its nuclear program" Diskin said.

Dagan, a frequent and vocal critic of talk about an Israeli strike on Iran, referred to the plan as a "stupid idea."

Olmert entered the fray recently when he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour he was "worried" that a preemptive attack on Iran could be a "terrible, terrible mistake for the security and the well-being of Israel."

Speaking of Netanyahu and Barak, Olmert said, "You have to have full trust in the judgment of those who have to make decisions. And you could understand from what I said that maybe something in my trust is lacking." When asked whether he doesn't have full trust (in the Netanyahu government), Olmert said: "Apparently."

"Certain issues cannot be discussed publicly without causing immediate damage," said Barak. "In Britain, there is a saying 'it's not done.' It is the government who needs to make the decisions."

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  1. louie vuiton

    Rattling nice style and design and excellent articles , very little else we require : D.

    July 1, 2012 at 4:58 am | Reply
  2. glennrobert

    With all the talk about the US or Israel attack on Iran has any one stopped to consider what a counter attack by Iran might look like? No attack on Israel, the US or the straights of Hormuz as why irritate the US Navy? All those fat sitting targets right across the Persian gulf that could put Saudi oil production way down for a long time. The rest of the world would no like that. Don't bite off more than we can chew!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
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    “Certain issues cannot be
    discussed publicly without causing
    immediate damage,” said Barak.
    “In Britain, there is a saying ‘it’s
    not done.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
  4. IRAN

    LET IT BE CLEAR ONCE AND FOR ALL SINCE ZIONIST NEWS MEDIA ALWAYS DISTORTS NEWS ON IRAN:

    TEHRAN – The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Tehran will not negotiate with the major powers over its inalienable rights.

    Ambassador Mohammad Khazaii made the remarks during an interview with the Washington-based radio network NPR on February 9.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to engage in negotiations with the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany), but it will not negotiate over its inalienable rights, Khazaii stated.

    Furthermore, Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran is not after acquiring military atomic technology but resolute to continue with its nuclear energy program.

    We “will never, ever suspend our activities, including [uranium] enrichment,” he added.
    IT IS THE INALIENABLE RIGHT OF EVERY SOVEREIGN STATE IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING IRAN AS STATED IN NPT TO ENRICH URANIUM.
    Iran is determined to continue nuclear energy program, US sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities have been ineffective.

    He also said that Tehran will send a letter to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six major powers in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

    Iran is ready to hold serious talks without preconditions, he added.

    IRAN WILL REFUSE A BILETERAL MEETING WITH US DUE TO NO-DIPLOMATIC-RELATIONSHIP, SANCTIONS, US RHETORICS TO BOMB IRAN AND FLORIDA, AFGHANISTAN QURAN BURNINGS.

    But those who think that Iran will change its logical and principled policy under the pressure of sanctions, threats are mistaken, Khazaii said, adding that the Islamic Republic has never made concessions on its absolute rights.

    Israel's undeclared nuclear weapons pose the greatest threat to Mideast peace and accused the United States and other nuclear powers of hypocritically ignoring their disarmament commitments, he said.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply
    • iran says no way

      so it is clear that while iran says no , obama is going to back off the sanctions that are coming in june , well gee does that mean obama is going to fold or iran ? with all the hard talk between the two and the abu musa thing , i would have though that some comunications between the UN and iran would have taken place before the meeting in iraq in a couple of weeks , so i guess a deal has already be made between obama and iran , well that may be the case , but what about israel ? everyone is talking but i have not heard much from israel , other that they are going to an election.

      May 7, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
  5. IRAN

    Article IV of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
    1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

    2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also co-operate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.

    Article X. Establishes the right to withdraw from the Treaty giving 3 months' notice. It also establishes the duration of the Treaty (25 years before 1995 Extension Initiative).

    UN CHARTER VII ARTICLE 51:
    Provides for the right of countries to engage in military action in self-defense, including collective self-defense (i.e. under an alliance) FOR IRAN TO RETALIATE WITH EQUAL FORCE IF ATTACKED.

    EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST ANTI IRAN, ANTI ISLAM BS CREATED BY US ON BEHALF OF UNBREAKABLE BOND ISRAEL.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply

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