September 28th, 2012
06:26 AM ET

Analysis: Israel's red line not in line with U.S. view

By Elise Labott

With growing impatience over what he sees as foot-dragging by the Obama administration to explain the so-called "red line" that Iran cannot cross if it wants to avoid war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his case to the world for where to draw the line.

The prime minister thanked President Obama for his speech before the United Nations two days earlier in which he warned he would do what it takes to prevent Iran from going nuclear. The attempt to show solidarity with the U.S. leader belied a fundamental argument, becoming ever more public, over when military action would be required to take out the nuclear program.

Diagrams in hand during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu drew an actual red line through the level at which Iran's ability to build nuclear weapons would be irreversible. By next spring or summer, he said, Iran will have enriched enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon and a "clear red line" must be drawn to make clear to Iran it must halt its uranium enrichment before then.

Netanyahu was referring to Iran's enrichment of uranium to 20% purity, a level it says is required for medical isotopes but which also brings it close to bomb-fuel grade. Iran maintains it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons and insists the uranium enrichment program is meant for peaceful purposes.

Equating the threat posed by a nuclear armed Iran to a nuclear-armed al Qaeda, Netanyahu urged the world to act.

Israeli and U.S. officials have said the two countries are in 100% agreement of the pace and scope of the development of the Iranian effort.

The debate between the United States and Israel centers on a decision by Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb versus its "breakout capacity" to do so.

Netanyahu said Thursday that Iran's enrichment program should be the barometer for the point of no return because with Iran moving much of its nuclear work underground, the enrichment facilities are the only visible nuclear installations that can be credibly targeted.

Israel worries that Iran's nuclear development will progress past a point where the Israelis can stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

The United States, with its superior military capabilities, has greater latitude to decide how far is too far. The Obama administration has not laid out the U.S. threshold and offered a "we'll know it when we see it" explanation of the "so-called breakout move."

Actually, President Obama has laid out a red line of sorts, saying a decision by Iran to go nuclear and a move to assemble a bomb would prompt him to act. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month the United States had no intelligence to indicate a decision by Iran to go after the bomb. But Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and others argue Iran can continue to develop the expertise and technology needed to make a bomb and gain this breakout capacity without having made an official "decision."

In this scenario, Israel's greatest fear is Iran will have all its ducks in a row and can quickly assemble a nuclear weapon after a decision is made. Panetta said once Iran has made the decision to build a bomb; the United States believes it would take Iran "about a year" to complete the required work to finish it.

Netanyahu argued that final stage could take as little as "a few months, possibly a few weeks."

But he said, "I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down."

This week Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad told reporters he did not rule out a negotiated settlement in talks with the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

The world powers known as the P5 plus 1 met Thursday night to discuss how to move forward on their two-track policy of seeking talks with Iran while turning up the pressure on the Iranian regime with sanctions in the face of continued nuclear antics

When a senior administration official briefed reporters after the meeting, it was clear the only progress the group could cite was that it was unified in its belief that a nuclear-armed Iran was not acceptable.

That's little comfort for Netanyahu, who soon will have to make some tough decisions as to whether the red line he so artfully drew is close to being crossed.

soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. saeed

    whats needed is russia to drop a 5 megaton nuke on ireland britain australia new zealand usa canada norway sweden denmark and nuke the jews also reduce all of them to dust.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Kayla823

      I would like to see russia do anything with all the krocodil in the systems....that is the ones who aren't dead or have parts of their bodies decaying from the inside out. Russia is incapable of doing anything thanks to afgahnastan feeding the heroin making them all mindless zombies.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • John

      Nukes on Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, and Mohammad would be sufficient.

      October 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Doron Regev

      But then the Arabs and Muslims will have no one to fight and will start killing each other at an even faster pae than now. The human race will go extinct within months. You are an ignorant, hateful ,retard!

      October 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  2. GlueBall

    . . . Let it be show time. All-talk is so boring.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  3. Kayla823

    Iran should not be able to have nuclear weapons. There will be a war and it will probably be an ugly one. Once they have nuclear weapons they will use them, plain and simple. Its not a matter of which country is better than the other one, its a matter of avoiding a possible World War 3.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  4. Scott Lay

    Just kick some ass and quit whining.

    October 1, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
    • Ryan Snipes

      That is very easy for you to say. We as a country do not need another war anywhere in the world. I am not in favor of Iran having nuclear weapons neither Israel's plan to drag us into another war since at the end of the day if Israel strikes Iran, They will retaliate and it is our soldiers who will be sent to fight.

      October 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  5. Bribarian

    Where's the red line for israel's nuclear weapons?

    September 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • TORO27

      Your comparison is ridiculous, Israel is a modern country with Moral codes and liberal thinking. Iran is a Fundamental country that funds terror organizations.

      October 1, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
      • Reiner

        Are you serious? Do you deny the palestinian genoside conducted by Israel?
        And can you give me any other example of mischief conducted by Iran than just denying US control over the country back in the 50's?
        You can believe the words of anyone you want, but when you look to facts in history and even the present, you'll see that the only two countries crazy and immorally enough to use a nuclear bomb are the US and Israel. Not Iraq, not Iran, not Russia, not China, but Israel(Palestinian genocide) and the US(Hiroshima & Nagasaski)

        And yes I'm a US citizen, I'm just lucky enough to be awakened of the lie that we are the good countries.

        October 1, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • Sam86

        hold on so Israel is soo innocent here? Israel has attacked neighbors with 5 wars in the last 50 years, and Iran has not attacked a country in the last 200 years, who is the terror group here again? Iran is a modern country, if you havnt been there to know how Iran really is then shut the f* up, this isnt like Iraq or Afghanistan, this country will retaliate and their will with out US Israel would get crushed with a war in Iran, years and years of missiles just dropping on their small land

        October 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • max3333444555

      Renier,

      Ive seen people post similar things without bothering to study the past 35 years.

      iran supported islamic jihad who killed 242 marines in beirut 82
      iran mined the persian gulf trying to limit the flow of oil
      iran has supported attacks against our troops in iraq

      yup. they havent done anything warlike since the 50s....

      October 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  6. DDSguy

    Israel is at it again with all their lobbying and war drum beating..Iran has never attacked another country yet they want to claim Iran is linked with nuclear weapons development, terrorism and funding for Hamas...Where is the proof? I don't want to listen to a foreign zionist jew tell America to fight his wars. Why are you an ally? What economic/military benefit are you? Intel on terrorists is not an answer when we are already there...Too bad paranoid America is still going in there if they choose to attack on their own anyway. I hear they have a proud military so they should be able to deal with them on their own although i seriously doubt they have any chance of surviving a retaliation.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Skookumchuck

      A Line should be drawn in the sand for Israel to not only stop building new settlements on land that is not theirs, but to withdraw to the 1967 borders as they were ordered to 45 years ago by unanimous UN Resolution 242.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
      • Doron Regev

        Your post not only shows that you don't understand or know the actuall facts behind the land that Israel is building on (it is legally theirs under UN law) and shows a general bias towards the only free democracy in the whole region. So you must either be a muslim who was educated by an imam or just a very ignorant person!

        October 1, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Doron Regev

      You do understand that it is not only Israel that is calling for the end of Iran's nuclear program, right? There are Arab gulf states that are terrified of that idea, and the US should be too! It is a well known fact that Iran sponsors and funds terror groups and if one of theose groups gets their hands on a nuke, well then war will come ot us! Your naive, anti-osrael thinking reeks of ignorance and bias!

      October 1, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
      • Symo

        You know if it is the US supporting terrorism people don't mind and if it is the muslims dieng no one cares. Do you think other cultures are useless?
        Get up o it and see what is happening in Palestine and you will realise that this is not an Era where we judge others by their cultures but their life as well, i tthink Iran is doing what it can to protect its people as USA do.

        October 2, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  7. Gal

    Netanyahu is a genius! The man can speak!

    September 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  8. a.ri

    by next spring by most next summer...lets hold bibi to this and make him eat his words in the summer when iran's non-existent nuclear program ISNT a few weeks away from a nuclear weapon.

    September 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  9. a.ri

    i honestly don't want my president having any kinds of words with the president of israel.

    September 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Doron Regev

      Wow, so you actually want the US to side with radical islamist who want to spread Sharia? Boy are you on the losing end of history! Israel's concerns about Iran are shared by many other countries (Gulf states, Europe and yes, the US) If one of the terror groups which is funded by Iran gets a nuke, what would you think?

      October 1, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  10. a.ri

    israel has been screaming bloody murder about iran's 'imminent
    acquisition-of-the-know-how-of-possibly-making-a-nuclear-weapon being a few months away...for a few years now...it makes a smart person wonder. a sheeperson (of the sheep people) on the other hand continues to eat grass mixed in with the government's horse manure on the issue.

    September 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  11. 111Dave111

    Netan- ya-hoo looks like Mad Mag's Spy vs Spy (superradnow wordpress com/2012/09/19/spy-vs-spy/

    September 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  12. dakota2000

    I am sorry but with the cartoon bomb I keep expecting the Road Runner to show up...

    September 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  13. Jew

    Nothing changed in Islam world: In 1829 Russia's ambassador to Persia, A. Griboedov and all the embassy staff were massacred by an angry mob, because he gave refuge to 3 Armenian slaves-girls. 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from Nov 4, 1979, to Jan 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist took over American Embassy in Tehran. America’s hostages were brutally tortured. C. Stevens, the American ambassador and 3 more embassy staff brutally killed Sep 11 in Libya, “Homemade video spark attack” –what a horrible LIE!

    September 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  14. Jew

    During Cold War when Soviets shipped missiles to Cuba it created big panic in US. Israel is under attack every day by Iranians proxy Hamas, Hezbollah and cannot let Iranian fanatics to have nukes. President J. Kennedy drew the Red line that stop Soviets thread to US. Why all liberals and Israeli haters are so critical to Israeli pr. Minister Netanyahu doing the same to protect his Nation?

    September 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Mayor of NYC USA

      Netanyahu, if you feel you have to attack Iran then do, you have America's blessings.

      As Dayan said 'act like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother'. You have a "God-given" right to protect yourselves.

      BUT YOU GO ALONE! AMERICANS AIN'T GOT YOUR BACK!

      And as Israel and rest of the Middle East burns just remember it didn't have to be.

      And as Americans sit this war out and watch it from the comfort of their living rooms on CNN with our sons and daughters safely by our side instead of on the front-lines facing death then this is our "GOD-given" right.

      Americans can no longer afford wars, the last 11 years of war has left our nation's economy and infrastructure in
      total disarray. If we allow the USA to be pulled into an Israeli/Iranian conflict then Americans should be aware that both China and Russia may decide that this may be the best time to confront us and all of humanity's survival will be at stake.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • claude

        100%

        October 2, 2012 at 3:25 am |
  15. Mr.Davidson

    Fold up the picture of the bomb with the red line ,place it where the sun dont shine Beotch and light it then you will know where it at.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  16. Why?

    US have wrong interest supporting the Israel,it is better for US to make better relation with 56 musllim country's and benefit of that is huge in anyway and few of those benefit's is (economic, US security, US image in the world and ctr. and I no see any benefit why US supporting Israel

    September 30, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • Jew

      They are not supporting Israel, but were attacked by Islamists: London, Madrid, Baly, Mumbay, Beslan, Argentina ...

      September 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • a.ri

        none of the places you mentioned are in the U.S....

        September 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  17. american boy

    truth is if there was no israel and jews life would of been peaceful since jesus birth us americans wouldnt have to send all our money, weapons to israel and in the middle east it would all be peace and america would have way less problems and a better economy i cant wait until iran crosses red line and israel is gona !! WORLD PEACE

    September 30, 2012 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • israeli boy

      without israel, the only democracy in the middle east, all will be good ?
      it's exectly like saying that without the us, the Communists would have been spread throughout the world, and there would've been world peace.

      pepole who arent idiots, dont wont just no wars. they want the world to be free of Ignorance, totalitarianism, and full human dignity

      September 30, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
      • 111Dave111

        "only democracy in the middle east"
        really LOL that argument is getting old,
        Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, & Iraq, all may be in beginning stages of democracy.

        September 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • a.ri

        you're secretly aware that iran is a democracy, and a large one at that. you have to hide that fact so you and yours can continue feeding the easily duped american people garbage so that they'll march off to war for you. well played. played out.

        September 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • TORO27

        my reply is to 111Dave111 – You are really naive, and its hard to blame you, the whole westeren world is... the arab culture is something you can't really get, its different, even bigger than the difference between USA and USSR. The arab countries you mentioned are heading towards fake democracy. Just for example, the chosen Egyptian president, Mursi, belongs to the "Muslim brotherhood" movement, a radical religious anti-westeren organization.

        October 1, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Jew

      to american boy: that is not new it's a pure Nazy propaganda!!

      September 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Teror

      i'm wishing you that your family will be involved in the Terror/Bus bomb/suicide bomber, and then i want you to write it.

      Shame on you "AMRICAN BOY"

      October 1, 2012 at 6:38 am | Reply
  18. Zoglet

    Israel has already crossed its own redline. More hypocrisy and double standards from a government that is desperate for a diversion from its own domestic problems. No more wars please.

    September 30, 2012 at 5:49 am | Reply
    • tello

      Israel crossed that line in the 70s and demonstrated responsibility with the power. For them, it is truly a deterence.

      Meanwhile, Iran is denying holocaust while saying that there should have been one, and promising that there will be one while also building nuclear capability and weapons technologies. Taking breaks to hang gays from cranes in Teheran, these guys let their paramilitary cronies, the basigi, cruise around in white gowns, telling women when they aren't dressed moderately enough. Really, Zoglet... what options do you have when a group like this is threatening you? Unfortunately, a major war is coming, and I don't blame Israel for starting it. No nation will like it, but no nation will be able to deny Israel the right to defend itself from a rising nuclear power that makes such promises and threats.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
  19. Sergio

    Just a quick question for all u Americans.
    If you needed help, do you think Israel will lend a hand?

    If you think yes is the answer, you are mistaken. They only care about themselves.
    I have served in the UN as a peace keeper in the middle east, and i have been to Gaza and seen how the Israelis treat young children, and let me assure you, you will not treat an animal like that.
    So keep believing the propaganda you are fed by your government.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • Bechor

      Kid.. You served in Gaza as I have served in Afghanistan .

      I served in Gaza, and you know what, I was there as a nursery servant .
      If 10 percent of the Arab countries would contribute to the cultural, science, higher education, development and construction, building parks, build industry .... Believe me, they would live differently and not like what you specify ... animals.
      But the truth is that the contribution of Palestine by the Arabs and Islam... is a weapon and hatred.
      every each, but every each of us ... eating what he cooked.
      If you already Help ...Help them to live and hope, instead of weapon & hatred .

      September 30, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
  20. GMarius

    Very funny incognito, self-flattering BDL

    September 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  21. john

    People of America.
    Look at your sons or daughters think of your nephews family members if Iran gets nuclear power it will be used for good and bad if they get there way Israel will be wiped off the map we will have a draft the United States will be under the radar they will sell nuclear and dirty weapons to people that don't like our values or believes please support President Obama stand up speak out and give Mr. Obama four more years to keep the American Dream intact keep Americans safe keep America's friends safe.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  22. Mr.Davidson

    This is the same group of Aipac warmongers who pushed Lieberman and Congress into Iraq over the same ficticious claims.But ,Israel did not lose Four thousand American family members or have Forty thousand folks permanently damaged for life many losing arms, legs, genitiles and having their faces blown off because these idiots want a war for profit. No this Jew from Israel wants US to do the dirty work as usual and reap more stolen territory in Gaza and the West Bank. You could include Ol Mitt ,Mitt send your sons when this thing blows up big time and oil goes into the stratosphere ya bud theat will help jobs a bunch.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  23. Mona

    I can't believe American people support the vicious policies of Israel and only look to Iran

    September 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Gary J - USA

      Mona, WE DON'T !!!! Just as in other Nations of the World, We Americans are a people of Ideas and Thoughts that differ greatly from one another .... NOT One group of people all thinking the SAME !!!! "Most" of us realize the OLD SAYING, 2 sides to EVERY STORY !!!!

      October 1, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
  24. Jimi

    Israel has had nuclear war heads since 1960, Iran has every right to build nuclear energy and no one can stop them, if Israel attacks Iran the whole world would side with Iran and it would be the end of Israel , this is final

    September 29, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • aa

      if nuclear weapon reach the hands with ahiutullah the psychopath leader of iran then things in the entire middle east are going to get unstable – has now he can threaten saudi arabia with destruction like he always wanted and fully take over iraq – fully take over syria and the big prize israel ofcourse – though idont think the turkish will be happy about this.

      to sum it up – to prevent iran from starting their tour of destruction in the middle east aithullah and his death soldiers have to be stopped, we won't stop them now? then it's gonna be world war 3 in the middle east.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Jew

      During Cold War when Soviets shipped missiles to Cuba it created big panic in US. Israel is under attack every day and cannot let Iranian fanatics to have nukes. President J. Kennedy drew the Red line that stop Soviets thread. Why all liberals and Israeli haters are so critical to Israeli pr. Minister Netanyahu doing the same to protect his Nation?

      September 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • Abby

        What is Iran doing that makes them "fanatical"?!? I hear Israel threaten Iran on a daily basis, but never hear anything from Iran.

        September 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Noble

      lol @ jimi

      September 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  25. 111Dave111

    Israel owns over 100 nuclear weapons, has hundreds of illegal settlements & more than 500,000 illegal settlers & gives incentives to more illegal settlers, said 9/11 is good for Israel, showered children with white phosphorous, has traped 1,500,000 humans in an open air prison (Gaza), killed 34 crew members & wounded 170 on the USS Liberty, wiped out 700,000 people in their hometowns, refuses to sign Non-Proliferation Treaty, sold its nuclear weapons to South African Apartheid government, and posses nuclear strike capabilities to the entire world.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
    • Tim Toes

      Your lies about Israel can only be explained by your hate for the Jewish people. You support terrorism as a means of political expression, you believe that the ends justify any means. You need to take a seminar about Oriana Fallaci's views that explain your twisted mind and your hates.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
      • Cyrus

        here we go again, as soon as anyone criticizes israel you are called an anti-semite, lol i wonder how long they want to play this card for.

        September 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
      • shane vanderhoff

        your 'israel can do not wrong' and anyone who disagrees with you is a psycho who need help sounds just like all the others. israel is just another of the warring tribes in the middle east who kill and maim innocents occupy and steal land and care only about themselves. they have nuclears so others want them. if they dont like what iran is doing let THEM deal with it. US needs to do whats best for US not israel. maybe somebody should have bombed israel so they dont have nukes? what do you think about that. its no different. US does not equal israel. let them fend for themselves. maybe then they will return occupied land and restore human rights to those they oppress.

        September 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Jew

      All your so call "facts" are from Arab propaganda textbook. Gaza is Hamas, Iranian proxy, prison, not Israeli. Arab attack Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1972, 1982, 2006. But you blame Israel: 320 million "peace loving, helpless Arab" are suffering from attack of 7 million "brutal Zionist"

      September 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Mike NYC

        I suppose all the rules of the Geneva Convention that Israel broke can also be trivialized and summed up as inaccurate or anti-semetic too. There are facts and they're all on modern day Google. Do some research and stop trying to talk down to others. We're all capable of understanding "facts". The Israeli PM was insulting as he attempted to draw and design his agenda. He needs to stop patronizing others. His unsolicited pin placed on the lapel of our President was another disgusting and patronizing act. As you can see by the comments in all forums, non-jewish people are getting tired of Israel. When the "facts" are presented, the anti-semetic card gets thrown in defense. Arabs are also Semites. I suppose that's a "fact" too. Have some respect for others.

        September 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • Jew

        to MikeNY: 320 million "peace loving, helpless" Arab are suffering under 7 million "brutal Zionost" that is your song,
        but there are millions of Americans, who Don't trust Arab propaganda.

        September 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • 111Dave111

        Get Rid of Netan-yahoo (& all militant Zionists),
        Stop Building Settlements on the West Bank and
        Negotiate with Moderate Palestinians; and

        I would be more sympathetic
        (I am 58, white, male American: and have had Jewish (4), Mormon (2) & Islamic (1) roomates)

        September 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  26. mahendra

    iran not a afgan,iraq because it,s nuclear country very carefully us

    September 29, 2012 at 5:10 am | Reply
  27. Ivan

    If there was any rationale, if people were able to set aside their religious and political beliefs, it would be so simple..... But the fact is we have group of blind and deaf people trying to compose the hymn for happier world and to paint the picture of humanity.... Wolfs playing humanity, sharks pretending to be victims, cancer of this world claims to be the healer.... Yuck.... I am leaving this peace of crap planet called Earth..... It shall be soon stone and nothing else.....

    September 29, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • @theprimalbeing

      your paragraph it poetry.
      truly art i couldnt agree more

      September 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  28. Ivan

    Or maybe Andorra, yep Andorra is responsible for all. Nuke them.....

    September 29, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
  29. Ivan

    I thin Burkina Faso is responsible for all this....

    September 29, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
  30. anna lee

    Jews to America. Bomb all these places for us, Thanks
    Iran
    
Indonesia
    Pakistan
    Bangladesh
    Nigeria
    Egypt
    Turkey
    Sudan
    Algeria
    Morocco
    Malaysia
    Saudi Arabia
    Uzbekistan
    Yemen
    Syria
    Kazakhstan
    Niger
    Burkina Faso
    Mali
    Senegal
    Tunisia
    Guinea
    Somalia
    Azerbaijan
    Tajikistan
    Sierra Leone
    Jordan
    United Arab Emirates
    Kyrgyzstan
    Turkmenistan
    Chad
    Eritrea
    Lebanon
    Palestine
    Kuwait
    Albania
    Mauritania
    Oman
    Kosovo
    The Gambia
Bahrain
    Comoros
    Qatar
    Djibouti
    Brunei
    MaldivesAlready Bombed or Currently Bombing  Afghanistan,Libya, Iraq...

    September 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • Bechor

      is not cool anymore try different ways .... pure Islam propaganda .
      you wanna humiliate and hurt israel and jews ..it's fine, we'll set it up , but don't involve American soldiers !!!!
      that's sensitive topic !!! more then "caricature" .

      Without any contact .
      There is no Israeli commander wants other soldiers fight for is own fight ...not from other unit and definitely not other army .
      no one ever fight for israel , israel not ask for that ...and will not ask .
      you miss the point .

      September 29, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • aldo1950

      ...ok Anna Lee..The America that you whant to bomb and destroys all humans exsist throughout the Arab world.. exscluding Israel.. that's what you want ..?? and tell me why..

      September 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
      • Mike NYC

        News flash brain, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and many others are not Arab. They may have a common religion but they have different languages, culture and history. Don't sum everyone up as Arab. Also, there are Christians and Jews in some Arab countries as well as Iran and Turkey. It's easy to simply throw everyone into the same pot but it doesn't work. The United States, Canada and Mexico are in North America but we're not all the same either.

        September 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • widget

      You left out Mexico. Otherwise....good target list.

      September 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Sergio

      Your days are numbered, its only a matter of time.
      WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  31. anna lee

    ┌∩┐(◣⭕◢)┌∩┐ The "Red Line is the one Satanyahu crossed when he demanded Americans fight yet another WAR!!!!

    September 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Ro

      well said Anna Lee – I'm getting tired of AIPAC and Israel's attempts to corrupt and use our government for their benefit while they run wild oppressing Palestinians and grabbing land that does not belong to them.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
      • avielsports

        Ro,
        Just as israel warned the US about 9/11 before it happened, they are doing the same now. keep ignoring and see what happens. Why dont u take ur head out of your ass for a minute and actually learn some history instead of focusing your anger at the closest thing to democracy in the middle east.
        stop this BS about it not being israels land. not only have jews been in that area as long as anyone else, israelis have fought and died for their land and are always trying land for peace negotiations which ultimately dont work because the arab world doesnt want peace, they want conflict...

        September 29, 2012 at 6:50 am |
      • Judith

        Now you know why the USA and Israel are so close, considering your claims are exactly the same as what the Europeans did to colunialise the America.

        September 29, 2012 at 7:00 am |
      • Nagaratnam Iyer

        For all those who counter this statement with Israel warning the US about 911 – a whole lot of good it did or was it allowed to happen?. And if it is true then that explains the mass holiday by one group on that day. True Americans would have started screaming about what they knew and warned that moron in the white house to take corrective action.

        September 29, 2012 at 8:04 am |
      • Cyrus

        they obviously knew about 9/11 since 3000 israeli dual citizens didnt show up to work that day. they just didnt bother letting everyone else know

        September 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Dan

      Anna Lin,
      please State ONE war that the US has faught for israel

      To remind you, all Israeli wars WERE after Israel CIVILIANS were hurt, on Israeli land.
      Even in the Iraq war, Sadam shot missiles on Israel and Israel HAS NOT INTERFIERED.
      you piece of lying ...

      September 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
  32. anna lee

    🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯 Really? This guy gets a big piece of white paper and a sharpie and that gives him the right to outline American Soldiers deaths. Spill your own blood, we've sacrificed enough.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  33. anna lee

    ┌∩┐(◣⭕◢)┌∩┐ The only "Red Line" is the blood coming from American Soldiers dying for Israel.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  34. anna lee

    ┌∩┐(◣⭕◢)┌∩┐ lol lol lo lol lol lol Netanyahu's Plan to command the United States Military Backfired in his face. Get out of my country fool!!!!Netanyahu should apologize for demanding that Americans fight yet another imaginary Israeli threat.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  35. correctlycenter

    It's a shame the people of Iran could not overthrow the fanatics in charge of that country. Now Israel will have to take care of business on it's own, or with the US in a support role only... Go IDF!

    September 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • justnfree

      If IDF could do such thing, Netanyahu didn't need to embarrass himself like that. But if they want, they can go ahead. People of Iran are waiting for them.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Ro

      There are 83 million Egyptians on the border with Israel that I'd worry far more about than Iran – they don't like Israel or its oppression of the Palestinians. Israel did not win the 1973 Yom Kippur War and we in the US are still paying Egypt to keep that peace. Israel did not win the incursion into Lebanon in 2006. This hype about Iran is not just silly, its dangerous, because it pulls concentration from real and immediate dangers that Israel faces. If they attack Iran and Egypt decides to side with the non-agressor in that conflict, Israel will be in very deep trouble and the world will not back them.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus

      As an Iranian I can tell you that a big majority of Iranian are agains the Islamic Regime. but the reason they don't go out on the streets with weapons like syria and libya is that they are liberals not Islamists. the rebel fighters in syria are islamic extremists but people of Iran are much more liberal and are not willing to die for remove the government they will do it peacefully. But if israel attacks everyone will turn against Israel, now Israel will have another 70 million people against it.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  36. EvilYous

    It's clear in my mind a nation, the U.S., that presently tolerates the theft of rights, money, and emotional abuse of tramumatized kids by "family courts" as they profit from stealing kids for money from loving parents by corrupt Jewish courts HAS NO BUSINESS defining "integrity" of any other nation. GIVE IT A REST. "You first".

    September 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  37. zainab-lucknow-india

    India is playing a double game with Americans in Iran. We are also aware of the other dirty games India is playing in the region...financing terrorists who are killing US/NATO/ ....undermining democracies, paying off some factions of talibans protection money so they won't do another Mumbai attack. India may pretend to drape itself in an American flag but it will never fool the world that the biggest threat to American interests in Asia and Middle East is India and their obsolete policies.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • EvilYous

      Israelis are squatting on stolen land and call their victims ,"The source of the problem." PRESS THE BUTTON.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        If you believe that the Israelis are living on STOLEN lands you should have no troubles to NAME THE LEGAL OWNERS of the land in question and SHOW THE LEGAL DEEDS proving their ownership rights. Good luck!

        September 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Ro

      India is the real danger to the US ?? OMG – MITT, IS THAT YOU ?????

      September 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • luckyluke

        Yes! definitely!!
        Just watch all the sitcoms these days; at least one of these colored asian w/ the twisted Indlish has to be there to make the show "funny." What a twisted world

        September 28, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  38. donna

    1. At its creation, USA presented the "formula" for atomic weapons to the UN in order to share it with any nation that desired this defense, as the USA felt it was the only way to ensure world peace.

    2. Iran are not aggressive, never invaded another country. It is only rhetoric that is roughly translated as being aggressive. Someone should blame the translator not the speaker.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      With all the due respect, Donna, I trust the President of Iran and the Supreme Islamic Leader more than I trust YOU here. If they say that in their opinion, "the regime in Jerusalem" should "vanish from the map of times" I trust THEM. By the way, Israel did not attack any other country during its entire history.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
      • Ekram

        Thinker23, country leaders say many things to their people to win their support/votes to stay in power but they don't always do what they say would do......Iranian leader falls in the same category......to keep supporters on his side he is ranting what his people want to hear! But will he really ever do it....i doubt it! He knows he can't win a war with Israel, especially when USis backing Israel along withtheir western gangmembers (i.e., NATO) will ultimately destroy his country. The only thing that I would say to Ahmadinijaad is to stop this rhetoric and don't give US or west excuses to attack your country. If its true that he said about "wiping Israel out of the map" then remember what America said to Pakistan after the 9/11...."we will bomb your country to the stone ages". Nobody said a word to America for uttering this kind of threat to a sovereign nation. That was the real threat but no one demanded a red line for America! Because no one could....America is a super power and smaller countries are not suppose to ask these kind of thing. I will say that Israel is looking for a war!

        September 29, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Bechor

      i wish your daydreaming was the reality .
      All the best .

      September 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  39. Ari Binyamin

    HERE IS THE BEEF !!
    THE ECONOMIC SUBJUGATION OF INDIA & The Taming of Hindus!!!

    The one most successful aspect of recent American foreign policy has been the conquest of India without firing a bullet. That is the beauty of capitalism used as a Trojan Horse! Economic victory! Give them a taste of steak and they will never settle for hamburgers again. USA now owns India Inc. not only economically but also militarily as economic subjugation ultimately leads to military domination.

    Taj Mahal (purely by connotation, not size) reminds one of the saying of our dear architect friend Mies Van Der Rohe that “Less is More” and its application to India geo-politically. The recent economic bubble burst and minority backlash in India point to the necessity of imploding India in a controlled manner to make it more manageable administratively, before it ruptures chaotically. The Moghals may have left behind a legacy of regality in India but it was Mies that has given Indians a political concept that may give Indian Hindus a chance at survival albeit in a fragmented form.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Sheri

      The recent win for US multinationals has been pressuring the Indian Govt to open up majority ownership of domestic companies by foreign investors. US will now be virtually able to control the government policies in India via remote control in Wash D.C.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Pinto

      The take away is that US needs to find a similar mechanism Middle East/North Africa/South Asia to control events without having to depend on military dictatorships to do the biding. Economic subjugation appears to be the way out but what may be applicable to Hindus may not work in case of Muslims. That poses the dilemma that we are struggling with. Israel may have to be the sacrificial goat to make this happen, I am afraid.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  40. Hindu, Holocaust and Hitler: A Study In Commonality

    It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Hindu, Holocaust and Hitler: A Study In Commonality

      It is also no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust. A recent auction of artifacts pertaining to this was recently hijacked by Indian Government in connivance with and financing from some expatriate Indian businessmen to keep the story under wraps. We are following the events and watching the Indian moves.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Mazal

      There are letters in existence that Gandhi wrote to Hitler encouraging and praising the annihilation of Jews at the hands of Nazis.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • luckyluke

      There are many Ganesh's in US TV these days. We think they're funny!

      September 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  41. freedomman7

    The red line for the Obama administration is when Iran builds a nuclear weapon and then drops it on Israel and then says they did it! Until then Obama will continue to make speeches saying how he is going to do "something"

    September 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • EvilYous

      That's a wonderful foreign policy. Let's put an end to the source of the problem.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  42. Randy

    Its clear in my mind that Irans nuclear ambitions need halted. By US, Isreal, it doesnt matter. The world cannot afford to allow them to have nuclear weapons. Just based on speculation, the world feels Iran is a terorist supporter. Personally, I agree. I feel the US should pull out of the middle east and just let them be. If they want to kill each, so be it. Radical people that want to fight and kill each other? geez, what a stupid way to live, but its their choice. Nuclear? we cannot allow this. It should be allowed for any country to have. I wish it didnt exsist period. We have enough normal bombs to take care of bad people....

    September 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  43. Shush

    You mat laugh at Netanyahu......but back in 1932 & 1935 Presidents Hoover and FD Roosevelt were underestimating Hitler
    and ten years later Arlington cemetery was tripled...........

    September 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  44. riabm60

    Israel is getting closed in by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    September 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  45. HugoCorv

    President Obama said that he will "do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon".

    Sanctions have so far clearly failed to change the mind of the Iranian regime.

    So, is he going to do something now or not?

    September 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  46. sanjosemike

    Note to all posters: READ BDL's posts. He actually understands. If you read nothing else, read his/hers.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Paul

      Ahamenijad is Satan in human form..He thinks he can do what he wants, without regard to other nations and sanctions to put a halt to this nuclear bs..They have no proof they are using it for peaceful purposes, and can provide nothing proving as such...So yeah, Israel with being threatened by Iran, should be concerned and ready to act, since the U.N. won't.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Jim

      Everyone who has any common sense whatsoever knows that if Iran gets the bomb, they will from that point on be responsible for purveying nuclear materials to various terrorist organizations.
      It will take what "control" there is over worldwide fissile materials and wipe it out.....NO ONE on earth will be safe from nuclear terrorism.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • Ekram

        Jim, Pakistan is considered terrorist nation and posseses many nukes but howcome they didn't give theirs to any terrorist? So these kinds of arguments/reasonings are useless and its Israel's own insecurity that is feeding this frenzy....and drawing red lines on cartoon bombs in UN. I also remember once Colin Powell giving power point presentation in UN about Iraq's WMD but then......we all know where did they go? Thousands of people got killed and Iraq is destroyed....and this is what people like Netan...yahoo love to see happens to Iran.

        September 29, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  47. sanjosemike

    Everyone knows (especially Iran), that the US and Israeli military capabilities are not the same. The Israelis know that their time table for stopping Iran is not the same as the US. Therefore the Israelis are being put in the untenable need to "trust Barack Obama" to stop Iran.

    The Israelis don't trust Obama. This may not be entirely fair, but they don't. And he will be re-elected, since Romney has conducted the worst electoral campaign in US history.

    sanjosemike

    September 28, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  48. kay

    And the funny thing is

    It's Israel, not Iran, which owns nuclear weapons
    It's Israel, not Iran, which owns hundreds of illegal settlements
    It's Israel, not Iran, which owns more than 500.000 illegal settlers
    It's Israel, not Iran, which declares an unilateral declaration of its eternal capital
    It's Israel, not Iran, which gives incentives and endorses more illegal settlers to settle.
    It's Israel, not Iran, which imposes apartheid system in the occupied territories
    It's Israel, not Iran, which inspired 9/11 attack (82' Israel's invasion of Lebanon)
    It's Israel, not Iran, which said 9/11 is good for Israel (Netanyahu)
    It's Israel, not Iran, which constantly kills foreign scientists and politicians
    It's Israel, not Iran, which said it wants annihilate all Arabs (Ovadia Joseph)
    It's Israel, not Iran, which showered children with white phosphorous
    It's Israel, not Iran, which traps 1.500.000 human in an open air prison
    It's Israel, not Iran, which killed many USS liberty crews
    It's Israel, not Iran, which wiped out 700.000 people from their hometown
    It's Israel, not Iran, which has the Government originated from a terrorist gang (Irgun to Likud)
    It's Israel, not Iran, which violates UN resolutions more than any other country on earth
    It's Israel, not Iran, which doesn't want the entire middle east free from nuclear weapon
    It's Israel, not Iran, which refuses to sign Non-Proliferation Treaty
    It's Israel, not Iran, which sold its nuclear weapons to South African Apartheid government
    It's Israel, not Iran, which posses nuclear strike capabilities within the entire Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and almost all parts of North Americas, South America and North Oceania)

    No wonder, It's Israel which poses threat to the entire world

    September 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Israel

      Very nicely written and to the point !

      September 28, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Israel

      Very nicely written and to the point !!!

      September 28, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Kalim Ullah

      Israel is biggest terroist in the world..

      September 28, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
      • Eitan

        Pitty on yourself.

        When Iran said they want to throw nuclear bomb on Israel, and show the whole world a picture of a nuclear bomb on the map excatly on Israel, they cross a red line – No one believe them, and if one does, it is stupidity.
        No one can let any one to aim the whole world.

        Maybe you are terorist yourself !!!

        September 29, 2012 at 5:07 am |
    • human

      It's Iran, not Israel that threatens to destroy a country with eight million citizens
      It's Iran, not Israel went out martyrs
      It's Iran, not Israel went out killers
      It's Iran, not Israel went out terrorist weapons
      It's Iran, not Israel that supports the killing of tens of thousands of innocents in Syria
      It's Iran, not Israel that threatens to take over the world
      It's Iran, not Israel which millions of people burn Israeli flags, the United States and Europe
      It's Iran, not Israel which is a vast country compared to the Land of Israel out (Look at the map of the world idiot)
      It's Iran, not Israel that justifies the Islamic
      It's Iran, not Israel that supports terrorist organizations around the world
      It's Iran, not Israel that sending troops to help the Army Assad
      It's Iran, not Israel that is funding Hezbollah and Hamas
      It's Iran, not Israel that do not really care about the Palestinians

      This is Israel, not Iran, which faces threats to its destruction, with dozens of countries around who hate it, with Palestinians carried out suicide attacks with Gaza that fires thousands of missiles per year.

      Israel is the only country in the Middle East that sane.
      There is a 100 percent democracy.
      If there was no Palestinian violence – recently had peace.
      If Hamas was not threatening to continue the resistance against Israel as long as he lives – since he was not considered a terrorist organization.

      If you expect some Israeli media, not just Alg'azira – maybe you do not live in virtual reality!

      September 28, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • Kamil

        Human....Baseless script.....far away from facts.....
        Copier.........

        September 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • Truth will prevail someday

        Human Excerment, not Human
        Muslim were blamed by IsraHell and Americans were used to bomb innocent Muslims
        It is like high school, just like jealous -bully student who hates you so much and spreads lies and accusations . Who intimidates every student at the school, teachers, principals, janitors and security and staffs
        Every student & staffs scared to death after observed that some vanished, some assasinated, some imprissoned, some sudden death(Heartache) , unproven suicides and daily harassment if you lucky to live

        Muslims happened to be victims, suffered and suffering to this day And we all silenced even in our own motherland soil
        We tortured to the Muslim professors who educated our children , Why, because we were told to do or we won't be selected. We enjoy the burden and the pain and the lies of another humans like us

        What goes around comes around

        September 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mommy! How many lies!!!

      You stupid, Al Qaeda blew up two planes into the Twin Towers.
      Black day in the United States. People exploded, crushed to death, jumping from the towers!

      Who finances the Al Qaeda? Iran!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      God retained some junk you take breath. Some incitement. You are liars, and because of you that will not be a world peace! Islam can the world! 1

      September 28, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • Naqsh Fatima Naqvi

        Iran finances Al-Qaeda?? Y dont u keep ur cotton candy sense to urself?? Al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization run by DEOBANDIz. and bcoz u dnt knw dat eternal rivalry exsists between Deobandis and Shi'ite Moslems, u need to shut up here. Iran aint just a MOSLEM country, its a SHI'ITE-MOSLEM nation. its one of their agendas (Al-Qaeda's) to wipe-out shi'ites, which they regard as infidels, off d face of d earth. 345 shi'ites hv been victimised in karachi (pakistan) in d previous 8 months and 19000 in d past 2 decades. u're clearly ignorant, so stop trying to act smart over issues u dnt knw anything about. dnt try to b somebdy ure not.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Nimrod

      Kay, very well written. I would love to further discuss. Any way I can contact you? Tx.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Truth will prevail someday

        Kay will receive financial reward from Nomrad for being dishonest, bias and pathetic ! Purported KAY
        As Usual, to all those who are cowards, cretins, self egoes, bias and pro IsraHell .Who chosen injustices over justice
        We leave to your conscience and I beg beg ANd beg from The Lord to put you pain that never ends, blindness that never blinks, cancer that never cures and dizziness that never dies or lives.

        If I was clean n conscience granny, If I was good citizen who cared the country and concerned deep to my fellow country mates I want my prayer to be accepted and executed by the divine power

        September 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Boom

      Actually, your point isn't really clear. You give lots of reason to support SOME point. Are you just saying that Israel sucks? Or, are you saying that Iran deserves to have a nuclear warhead because they're no worse than Israel?

      September 28, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • BerserX

      It also happens that, it's Israel, not Iran, which is Gods chosen people on earth, and therefore is a testament to his poor judgement.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Kamil

      Well said Kay...All of these are facts...I agree with you

      September 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      "It's Israel, not Iran, which declares an unilateral declaration of its eternal capital"

      DId not Iran declare Tehran as its capital, genius?

      September 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Moe

        Tehran isn't a disputed territory. Jerusalem is. The Palestinians want it for their capital too. I believe that's what he meant.

        September 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • Thinker23

        moe... So if the Palestinians said that they want Paris as their capital it would become "disputed" as well? adn people would complain about the "unilateral" declaration of Paris as a capital of France?

        September 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • nine

      Those facts are correct.
      It seems that Israel want america to pay for onother war for them. We taxpayer pay them billions of dollars every year.
      and they are looking for excuse to get more.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        America did not pay for ANY war "for" Israel. If anything it paid for several wars the Arabs have started.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • riabm60

      Did Israel ever help the US ??
      Never..
      It is time Israel takes care of its own problems. We have been giving Israel $ 7 billion yearly since 1948, isn't that enough ?
      Besides it has the Mossad, an excellent army, and not to forget nukes.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
      • riabm60

        And not to forget Israel also has the radio active element polonium.

        September 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • Thinker23

        For starters, Israel always took care for itself. Not a single American soldies ever participated in any of Israeli wars. Further, the US aid to Israel started in 1973 and it never exceeded $3 billion a year.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • Ander

      No matter how you view Israel, the tiny country is basically playing defense in the Middle East. Except for the historical areas that Jews view as Israel, no one really believes that Israel is out to conquer the other countries. Iran with nukes is far more dangerous to Israel than Israel with nukes is to Iran. Iranis on an offensive posture while Israel is on a defensive one.

      September 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  49. Beach Boy

    Israel and its leaders are pragmatic and rightly concerned. Their red line
    presentation is a lot closer to reality than the US's suggestions of more talk
    and sanctions which as a whole have never accomplished anything.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  50. Yasshk

    Isreal and US are the most dangerous countries than al queda himself, let two of them starts another war with Iran, but America has never win any war in her history nor her Parasite.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Bechor

      Learn History ... Victory of democracy or great nation is not like the victory of regimes.
      United States after the war restores the area, it may seem as a weakness to a person with such a world view.
      (That worldview victory it must kill the loser, or convert their religion... sorry if i'm wrong)

      But do not get lost, United States has never lost a war...

      September 28, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Moe

        Yeah, you're right. Vietnam never happened...

        September 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Thinker23

        But of course, Moe, dear... We all remember the victorious North Vietnamese soldiers proudly marching through the streets of New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC...

        September 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
      • GMarius

        Thinker, your definition of "defeat" is too narrow. It's ok to lose, it happens to everybody. While we have won wars, they have been almost all "asymmetrical" conflicts in which our mettle was never truly tested. Our poor showings in 'Nam, Iraq, and of course the Philippines demonstrate that the USA is not traditionally a "land power". On a more general note; this whole Iran thing is kind of silly, who cares if they obtain nukes. Like most things in life, it will be a thoroughly underwhelming event that will only produce spectacular results if Israel keeps its panties in a knot and decides to make things go boom.

        September 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
      • GMarius

        "Learn history" Sir- Iran was once a "great nation" – known as the Persian Empire, they ruled benevolently over the middle east for hundreds of years. Historically speaking, Israel was an upstart little kingdom that beat up on the tribes around it until they were conquered by Babylon and enslaved. Presently, Israel is an upstart little nation who has beaten up many of the nations around it... could history rhyme once again?

        September 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  51. Kalim Ullah

    Israel is biggest terrorist in the world.
    US is sponsoring the terrorism!!

    September 28, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  52. krm1007 ©™

    The denuclearization of South Asia (Subcontinent) particularly India is imperative.
    Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, massive power blackouts and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure”.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • aloha

      Big difference, India is allready a nuclear power, Iran wants to be one.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
      • Mahalo

        India was gifted nukes by South Koreans

        September 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Rafi Shalom

      Most chances are that there is no way to reverse it. The US was lame enough to sleep while Pakistan got the bomb, and while North Korea got the bomb. India got it simply so it won't have to live under that threat. Once (God forbid) the US sleeps its way to a nuclear Iran, you'll see the arab world doing the same. that US: 0, World: 2. Thank God there's Israel: 2, World: 0 (In Iraq and Syria).

      September 28, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
      • Haji Abdullah

        Spare us your rubbish. India is a bully and a trouble maker in that region. It has kept the neighbors behind due constant bickerings. India has always lived in the shadow of Pakistan and has been forever defined by Pakistan. Unfortunately, India had a chance at leadership and blew it. Pakistan has now taken over the reins and is running with it. Much to the chagrin of Indians. So be it. Destiny has dealt its hands and India is about to fold.

        September 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Maxx

      India is already nuclear and fyi, it didn't need any help from anyone. Indigenous is the qualitative word.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
      • Karll

        India was gifted nukes by South Koreans not too long ago. Don't kid yourself....Exogenous is the operative word. India can't even convert cow dung to energy.

        September 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Premature Ignition ©

      It is common knowledge that some of India’s nukes were hijacked during the recent massive power blackout in the country by the extremists. It is also a matter of great concern that the safety of India’s nuclear installations is questionable as identified by its nuclear audit agency CAG. This poses a grave danger to India’s population and its neighbors. Let us keep in perspective that over 3 (Three) Billion people live within the region close to more than half the world’s population !!!

      September 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  53. Oakspar77777

    Less important that the line is the act of crossing the line. What would crossing it mean?

    (1) A single strike on enrichment facilities to buy time (an act that would ned to be repeated every few years like Clintons cruise missles into Afghanistan/Pakistan back in the late 90's)
    (2) A widespread strike ment to destabalize the country and buy even more time (and solidify support either for or against the regime)
    (3) An extended campaign to remove and replace the regime (as done in Iraq)
    (4) An illustration of what nuclear war would mean for Iran (with a loud hiss from the rest of the world, as utilizing the nuclear option – closed since WW2 would make future decisions to use them easier)

    None of those offers a long term cure to the promblem that is not drastically overcosted short of a clear and present danger (at which point, they suddenly become insufficient answers).

    So long as covert sabatoge or a single delaying strike are on the table, you are unlikely to see a more definitive answer out of Washington, since spy work is always open game and kicking the can down the road to future administrations is a Presidential pastime.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  54. aloha

    Netanjahu is giving us the "appeasement is wrong" speech, but seriously, Iran is not Germany in 1933. The regime in Teheran only wants to survive and dominate its neigbours, plus make a buck or two here and there – it is not reaching out for world domination, extermination and military conflict in general at every cost.

    The mullahs have learned from US foreign policy that only a country with nukes is save from western intervention. The latest Kim is alive and well for example. So they will keep dangling the 90% enrichment capability in front of our noses, just to make sure.

    So no reason to get nervous just yet. This is a good game of poker, and the coolest cowboy wins.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • Rafi Shalom

      You are naive at best. Iran is not germany 1933 not because it does not seek world domination (they use this kind of revolutionary terminology all the time, and mean it), but because they are even more mad and dangerous than hitler was. Yes this is possible. They expect and wish to haste an armageddon so their precious absent imam will appear. Keep thinking they just want to dangle a nuclear option in front of your face, and you may find yourself turning into fumes.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • human

      You mean the President export to thousands of martyrs, terrorists and murderers, and threatens dozens of times to wipe Israel off the map, and it's going to be very soon – it's just a joke?

      Idiot!

      September 28, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • aloha

        @Human...You want this war real bad, dont you?

        September 28, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • Thinker23

        human... Few people want a war and Israelis want it less than anyone else. This is the reason Israel will not use force against Iran unless as a last resort in case there will be no other way to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This is the reason Israel is doing everything possible to convince the world leaders that it is in the utmost interest of the entire world to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons by using diplomacy, sanctions and all other possible ways up to and including use of force when everything else will fail. On the other hand, Israel can not and will not afford waiting for Iranian nukes to start exloding over Israeli cities. This means that in case the world will not convince Iranian leaders to give up their nuclear ambitions Israel will have to do it.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  55. Jesse from KC

    They're going to bomb Iran in October. The deadline the Israeli's set for US involvement passed a few days ago (9/25).

    September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  56. Tequila and Tortilla

    I hope Netanyahu does not get a black eye in UN.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  57. Keep a sharp EYE

    The last time someone came to the UN with diagrams about a country with WMD (ALA Netanyahu with Wily E Coyote drawing) it turned out to be a great lie to fan the fames for war, DEJA VU part duex.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
  58. Manuel Chezes

    The Iranian goverment says that is nuclear program is for civilian purposes but doesnt forget to mention every year that Israel has to diissapear from Earth,erase from the map etc etc. Unless a Injtenational commission is made by the Nuclear group to verify-and have unlimited accees to iranian nuclear facilities including the ones underground , to reallly verify that Iran has no uranium of nuclear grade to assamble a bomb. ...Because when they rich the capacity to assamble a nuclear bomb no doubt it will be used against Israel Europe, USA either trough they terrorist network Hezbolla,Hamas,al quieda or directly from Iran..The other worst case scenario is that if Iran fires a Nuclear bomb .....Iran will become the next HIROSHIMA and Nagasaki in a bigger scale . Hope the people of Iran wake up and start a revolution like in Lybia,Egypt
    and realize the goverment they have now it will end with Iran . People in the west are not stupid to belive that in one hand they say ...for civilian purposes...and on the other ...erase from the map.. .

    September 28, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  59. knaiem

    Of all the people or countries, netanyahu or israel, who themselves possess nuclear power, should be the last to lecture the world on how important it is to prevent a nuclear iran. There is a limit to the double standards that even a mentally challenged individual can tolerate

    September 28, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • Drew

      how on earth can you justify the mullah funatics of tehran having a nuclear weapon because a country like Israel or USA have them, its the same as saying sure, lets give murdering drug lords the same weapons and technologies as the police force....

      September 28, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
      • GMarius

        Unfortunately the drug lords turned that offer down long ago- they said that they didn't want the government dole. They were picking themselves up by their bootstraps (lined with illegal crack)- also it'd be something of a downgrade.

        September 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • octopus

      Iran is Iran and Israel is Israel. There's difference.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Elena

        Exactly, israel is israel... So what? A country that bombs palestina everyday.

        September 28, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Thinker23

        Elena... If the Palestininans did not like to be bombed they would NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL long ago. They had plenty of opportunities.

        September 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Oakspar77777

      Iran has no nukes, Israel does.

      Iran has stated it wants to wipe Israel off the planet, Israel has not said that there should be no Iran or Iranian people.

      Israel has had the capability to act, and has chosen not to, in the face of outright threats. I know that if someone comes up to me and says they are going to kill me, I don't wait to see if they are armed before I draw and unload.

      Israel has shown greater restraint, because Iran has not been an existential threat (like a 10 year old with that murder threat). A 10 year old with a gun, however, is deadly, and Israel would likely strike (as I would).

      The problem is not Iran's rhetoric, it is that with the bomb, that rhetoric becomes credible and must be acted on. If Iran would act like a grown-up, tame their tongue, and cease threatening other nations – then a nuclear Iran would be see as no more of a problem than a nuclear Pakistan.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
  60. adifferentshadeofblack

    I find it disgusting that a merciless warmonger like Netanyahu is talking about peace.. This makes me want to puke.
    Sir, do you want to see the devil ? Look in the mirror. You will see the worst of creations staring back at you

    September 28, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Drew

      As a believer in free speech and democracy, I di believe that people have to have an IQ, (intellegence leverl over 1, where 1 is very poor and 120 is average). When you hear people speak like this, who have zero understanding of what the situation is is a waiste of time and also dangerous. I find it disgusting that you can be so confused as whats going on out there....please go educate yourself and them start adding to the conversation with some value.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Drew... The average IQ is 100 BY DEFINITION. The 120 level is common among people with advanced University degrees, doctors, professors and the like.

        September 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • ozzy

      syiria 150000dead proportion please , its done by iranian and hizbula and the syrian regim . as far i know they are not Israeliiii, support free world and demokraty dud

      September 28, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      What exactly make Netanyahu a "warmonger" (except for your puking desires, of course)? After all, neither Netanyahu nor Israel in general ever started a war against anyone.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  61. Roshdi

    IRAN is the devil in disguise ! all the turmoil that occurred and still in middle East is made up by this State

    September 28, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • Israel

      No!
      Israel is the devil in disguise ! all the turmoil that occurred and still in middle East is made up by this State

      September 28, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
      • octopus

        You're very confused and don't know history.

        September 28, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  62. gish

    Unfortunately many of the real Americans who comment here don't understand the big picture when it comes to Iran.

    First you need to understand that Iran is not an Arab country. Furthermore, many Arab countries are not happy with Iran since they constantly intervene in other Arab countries business (against the decisions of the Arab League). For example, Iran is supporting the Syrian leader Assad by sending weapons and even soldiers to fight along his side. Or another example, Iran is the main supporter of extremist Hezbollah which of course interferes with Lebanon’s internal politics. Or their financial and military support of Hamas, which took control by force from the PLO in Gaza.

    More importantly, Iran is a Musilm Shi'a country, while many other Arab countries are Sunni. The Sunni and Shia Muslims have been fighting for over 1000 years constantly killing one another ruthlessly and without discrimination just for being with the other side of the belief. In fact, there are a few larger Arab countries (such as Egypt) that don't have hardly any relations with Iran due to the aforementioned hostility between the two Muslim streams.

    Therefore it is very important to understand, that for the leaders of many Arab countries, a nuclear Iran is a major threat.

    Establishing that, if Iran gets atomic weapons of mass destruction, it would undoubtedly start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and Africa since no Muslim country would agree to be potentially threatened by a nuclear armed Iran without having its own deterrent.

    Therefore, for the Arab world, the current situation with Iran is a test case that they are watching carefully. They are evaluating how serious are the western countries in stopping Iran from achieving nuclear weapons.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • David Haris

      Very nicely written and to the point !

      September 28, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
      • gish

        That's only half of the point... unfortunately CNN won't let me publish the other half. I'll try now again.

        September 28, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • octopus

        agree.

        September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Vinay

      nicely pointed out.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
  63. Sherman the Objector

    There are ways to verify consistently and on an on going basis if an arms grade, arms trade, if arms are made from plutonium in Iran. I am not indifferent to the plight of the outnumbered, or the hysterical rantings of this war hawk that demands we draw a red line, I just think his perspective is one sided, like asking your goldfish if the curtains in the room he can't see look nice. If they start lobbing exploding stuff at each other it is absolutely of paramount importance that we isolate them and wait. Do not get involved no matter what we hear. If we get past this moment without blowing up the earth, then we get to evolve into planet sustaining beings. The score in humans vs earth is 21 to 21, virtually a tie...the crowd is under their desks covering their heads...

    September 28, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  64. Mohamed Ramadan

    Does the Boy (Israel) ride the Elephant (America)?

    September 28, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • Drew

      Not sure what you trying to say here....Israel is probably one of the smallest nations in the middle east, yet probably the strongest militarily, the accomplsihed in science, medicine and tecnhnology in the whole world...so not sure who is riding who???

      September 28, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
      • Michael

        With the $3 billion we give them yearly, they should be riding high. We've propped them up since their inception of 70 years ago and our $3 billion yearly needs to come to an end. Israel gives us nothing in return except the claim of being an ally and having solidarity yet, have they sent soldiers to our conflicts? Did their doctors help during Katrina? Did their experienced engineers or farms from their kibbutz come to help with our drought stricken fields where our crops are drying up? No. It's all about them and we get nothing for our $3 billion a year. It's disgraceful when our own country goes without to give our $3 billion a year to another "first" world nation. Countries like Pakistan (not first world) and Israel should be cutoff from our money. Keep our money home and let them resolve their conflicts with their neighbors. If we had a problem with Canada or Mexico, we wouldn't think of asking Israel to intervene. No more of our money!!!

        September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • octopus

      @Michael: You're very confused, have no idea what you're talking about and bring up some ridiculous childish arguments. Every dollar of the aid comes back to you and more.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
      • Truth

        You are advocating Israel as it is your mother, America is the priority and the American people who find nothing to pay their rent and to feed their children and to build their houses should be given these money. since the creation of Israel we pay money for them, and what we got, Neil ??? it is time to think again our resources are diminishing, china steals our jobs and consequently being poor.
        we should focus on our economy, More wars serves us no more, Germany and Great Britten lost their empires to Russia.
        wars cost us money and serves other Great Nations . let Israel which has its own Nuclear weapons manage its wars alone, We are not the Cash Machine the belongs to it.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • 87carrera911

        How, specifically?

        Please lay it out for us, point by point, how all this money comes back to the United States. And make them original thoughts, not the typical copy/paste that you Israel apologists are so fond of doing.

        Come on...... I'm dying to hear this reply.

        September 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  65. zaqaz

    "Analysis: Israel's red line not in line with U.S. view"

    Of course not. Both have different needs, wants, and priorities.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
  66. Julian Assange

    The WORLD has heard THE SAME type of URGENCY on Iraq WMD but....

    September 28, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Jinraj Joshipura

      Thanks for writing. You are right that this is another lie. Before the invasion of Iraq, I sent an email through my Hotmail account to 500 of my friends (many of them Jewish too) in US and elsewhere that the claim of Iraq having WMD was a Big Lie and I was proven right. I have the proof of my email to prove that. Iran building Nuclear weapons is another Israeli Lie that Obama refuses to go along with.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  67. Julian Assange

    Looks like Israel is SET to DRAG the U.S. to EVEN ANOTHER unnecessary war to protect the SPOILED BOYS....

    Satanyahu is DETERMINED to fight Iran till the LAST drop of blood from the LAST American soldier!

    September 28, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • gish

      Ahmed. enough of the cheap propoganda ya iben kalb

      September 28, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
  68. KB Heel

    The Israel PM fear is unfounded as Iran has categorically said that it's nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes. Israel should refrain from disturbing world peace which is already been destroyed by USA in the name of anti terrorism.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • BDL

      Actually, the Iranians have just admitted that they are refining nuclear materials for the military purpose of fueling nuclear-powered submarines.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • zaqaz

      "The Israel PM fear is unfounded as Iran has categorically said that it's nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes. Israel should refrain from disturbing world peace which is already been destroyed by USA in the name of anti terrorism."

      I know, right? Iran would _never_ lie.

      Neville Chamberlain for the 21st century. Pathetic.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Drew

      Oh yes, we can absolulty believe every word Iran says, they are built on ethics and truth...they are so open and honest, they they even allow any organization inspect their facilities...yea right...dont you have to have at least a 1 IQ to post here

      September 28, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • David Haris

      Only a food would believe that Iranians want nuclear technology for peaceful means... They support terrorism all over the world...

      September 28, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • Jared

      read again what you just written and try to understand if you being naive,
      because you are!,

      because i remember a speech of iran that "if israel will attack iran, she would be vanished" so that's for starter iran claims that she will erase israel without nuclear power, think of what it can done with nuclear, just being with the leverage,

      just thinking of it make me shiver.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
  69. BDL

    Why does Israel have different red lines than the USA? Because the Iranians have said that they plan on destroying Israel. Now was that so hard to understand?

    September 28, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • Sherman the Objector

      I have not read that first hand anywhere in any language. People say that, but never has it been sourced. Its the Urban Myth of the Middle East.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
      • oferdesade

        https://www.google.co.il/search?q=ahmadinejad+destroy+israel&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1241&bih=584&prmd=imvnsu&source=univ&tbm=nws&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=kKRlUKKbB8334QS59YCICQ&sqi=2&ved=0CBsQqAI

        September 28, 2012 at 9:23 am |
      • BDL

        Actually, Ahmadenijad just said it again in an interview covered by CNN. He said that the "occupation" had to be "wiped off of the face of the earth." The thing is that he considers every square inch of Israel to be "occupied territory". Get the picture?

        September 28, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • Yishay

        Unfortunately it isn't a myth. Look what the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs has published on its official site.

        http://www.mfa.gov.ir/NewsShow.aspx?id=4921&menu=213&lang=en

        If they choose to erase this reference it'll still be recorded on various news sites, though maybe not on CNN.

        http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=279864
        http://www.diplonews.com/feeds/free/5_August_2012_124.php

        September 28, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • sanjosemike

      BDL, you write the best posts of anyone here. Your understanding of the situation is perfect.

      sanjosemike

      September 28, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  70. Litelyspeak

    There are dangers and there are dangers. Pakistan has the bomb. So does North Korea.
    We have to live with the implicit risks since we can't do much about it. We assume that both these nations are rational and wouldn't wish to commit suicide in order to destroy their enemies.

    Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN was all about a new world order and the coming of their mahdi or messiah along with Jesus Christ. It wouldn't suprise me if the religious leaders in Iran were planning on hastening the arrival of their mahdi by triggering WW3 and Armageddon. After all, they boast that we in the West are weak because we value life, whereas they are not afraid to die because they will go to paradise. This what we should be afraid of if the present Iranian regime get its hands on nuclear weapons...

    September 28, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
  71. aj

    We can't afford another war. Literally, we can't.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • BDL

      But you can afford a nuclear war in the Middle East. Sounds like a plan.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
      • marilyn

        nuclear war....that's an oxymoron.....it is not war.....it is all over, baby

        September 28, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Sherman the Objector

      the money printers (the us) print at the will of the Fed which is owned by foreign banks – swisse. and they like the wars. good for business, so they will print to finance any war. and arm both sides and Israel is their new clear defense and we the slaves. dump the money, our walmart stuff will last long enough to get ourselves into a better system. we do not have to have all this blood on our hands.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  72. akud

    Kurdish fighters are fearful dogs and deserts. like being under the yoke!!!

    September 28, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
  73. gazza

    Bibi is a clown with his cartoon picture of a bomb but he has control of hundreds of nuclear bombs.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • BDL

      So I guess you are interested in having the Iranians force Netanyahu to use them in a nuclear counter-strike. Good plan.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • Drew

      Yea the real clown is if you believe that if a nucleur bomb lands in Tel Aviv, gaza city wont be wipped out....you should thank G-d Israel has such a "clown" as a leader, will save you little butt

      September 28, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
      • BDL

        Learn a bit more geography

        September 28, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  74. StanCalif

    Netanyahu is simply a war mongering fool, the Obama administration knows this and has done a great job keeping this idiot at "arms length". Of course, Netanyahu wants the US to do his "dirty work" for him because his own military cannot succeed in launching a successful strike on Iran! Any action Netanyahu takes against Iran will automatically draw the US into yet another war. So, by Netanyahu's reasoning, since the US will be involved then the US should take the lead and attack Iran on behalf of Israel!
    Obama will not do it! Who knows what Mitt Romney would do – throw the USA "under the bus" for Israel? Romney's sons will not become cannon fodder in a war with Iran, but he despises 47% of our people! Who do you think Mitt will sacrifice to keep our weapons industries profitable???

    September 28, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • MARK

      Riiiiiiggghhhhttttttttt. I suppose to someone like you who has all the intel and believes in the genuine good of Iran and its peaceful desire to merely enrich Uranium to the point of medical use could ignore what Iran is doing. Then again, you prob voted for Obama and his disaster policies so we already know you're REALLY good at ignoring facts. So, please, shut up

      September 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • Tagatsingh

      Respectfully for The Office of the President, President Obama made a terrrible, trbliree mistake when he turned against Israel. If you think floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist acts, etc., are bad now Mr. President, you haven't seen nothing yet; especially, when it comes to the wrath of God. That's GOD, JESUS, IMMANUEL, GOD ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN & EARTH (Owner of Israel), PRINCE OF PEACE, KING OF KINGS, ETC. to you Mr. President. Highly recommend you keep your Bias PLO Muslim preferences from offending Israel anymore! There's absolutely no way Israel should revert back to the 1967 borders they paid for in-blood. Since God doesn't want it then why should The President of the United States. God forgive us and God help America to get a new President.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  75. hugh64

    If Netanyahu spent the same amount of time and effort on making peace with the Palestinians as he does trying to get the USA to bomb Iran, none of this would be necessary. Neither side is particularly flexible or inclined to compromise but Israel has committed a fundamental injustice in Palestine. It won't go away with higher and higher walls and more and more frequent air-strikes. And please remind me, why is this America's obligation?

    September 28, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • BDL

      I think America has a vested interested in stopping a nuclear arms race and nuclear war in the Middle East. Or do Americans live on a different planet?

      September 28, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
  76. michaelfury

    "The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

    "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."

    – Haaretz, April 16, 2008

    http://pulverizedtonearpower.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/pulverized-to-near-power/

    September 28, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • Litelyspeak

      Who would you trust with nuclear weapons – Iran or Israel? A theocratic dictatorship or a democracy?
      Israel has not used its nuclear stockpile yet. Would Iran be so prudent?

      Many of you clearly don't sympathize with the Israeli PM's predicament. Netanyahu can live with that.
      What Israel cannot live with is the imminent danger of religious fanatics getting hold of a small nuclear device and exploding it in Tel Aviv – or Washington, or Paris, for that matter.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
    • BDL

      And the economic crisis helped the Democratic party regain the presidency. Was the world financial crisis an Obama-plot?

      September 28, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
  77. Abdul Hadi

    We want peace in the world,and we want the world if free from nuclear weapons. Every nation and human being want to lead the life peacefully wish to see all the nations . My qustion for Isreail Govt do you have nuclear weapons? if yes for what and for whom? why you are not allowing united nations watch dogs to visit the facilites ,if you have bombs why not Iran and others muslims countires?. First you decalred what you have and then asked others .

    September 28, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Drew

      Irrespective if Israel has nukes or not, you cannt compare them to having nukes than that of a country like Iran. Iran's regime are fundamenlist and dont value and concider life the way a civilized nation does. The same way you would not justify arming a drug gang with the same weapons you would arm the police force, you cannt justify allowing the iranians to have a bomb, just because Israel has. Irrespective, Israel has never seeked a war, or threatened Iran for that matter, it has only been out of absolute necessacity after they attack and threaten the existance of Israel. Every country is allowed to defend them self, even if its pre-emptive. If some one is preperaing to kill you, you dont wait till you dead before you respond.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
      • Alex

        The arguement that Israel have Nuke so can Iran is very dangerous and not practical. If it can be used as an excuse, then Iran can also say USA have so can we Iran.....then things will resort to who can win in a nuclear war. It is absolute suicidal for both Iran government and its people to try to be a nuclear memeber which can only incur a possible war in their own land. And it is evidently clear what the result will be.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • I AM

      Listen to me son. First, Israel dont have nuclear bombs because then they would not need any help from the US. Secondly you cant say that muslim countries (Iran in this case) are peaceful when they are developing nuclear weapons. And you now what, we dont want another Holocaust! Maybe you could try watching the pianist and the boy in the striped pyjamas. That will change your view on Iran forever.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
  78. Jim

    "Why Israel's red line differs from U.S. view"
    Because Israel is a bunch of war mongers trying to get Americans to pay for their war and to die for them

    September 28, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Gordon

      What war did we fight for Israel.. Please list it and prove it.. Does CNN just allow random people to post lies on here?

      September 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
      • Jim

        @Gordon: I said "a war" NOT "another war" and "trying to get" meaning present tense, not past.

        September 28, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • genna

      Agree. And look at the face of this guy and the propaganda CNN is pushing over and over. Since decades teh story goes that "Israel is surrounded by enemies and has to protect herself". Right! but hey, if they where real enemies, wouldn't have they "wiped it out" long long time ago instead of been bombed killed and jailed and pushed away from their home land they in fact inhabited since centuries ( for real not on a fairy tale) ?
      Bah...

      September 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • Lucke

      Yes, Jim. US taxpayers are indeed financing Israel, 10 billions per year, maybe.

      Mr. Netanyahu forgot to include a red line at the top of his draw (100%), refering to the 200 nukes he already has...

      September 28, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
      • Drew

        Luke, you need to have your facts, USA does not come close to giving Israel 10Billion per year, its about $3.5 billion. Irrespective, I am ok with Israel having nukes, they have never threatened to wipe another nation off the map, or kill others, only when they get attacked do they respond with force. They surrounded by neighbors who have a differenent view on life, In Syrai they killed 1000's of their own people and so on...hence they too need to be tough in dealing with their neigbors.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:39 am |
      • Lucke

        Yes, 3.5 published and in cash. What about indirect support and undisclosed help? I saw this "figure" in the same internet, though questioned as you do. Nukes: where Israel would ever blow one? In gaza, Jordan, Syria, Egypt? Iran? If so, what reward will she ever get? Seems like shooting his own feet.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Lucke

      See this, in addition, changing blanks for dots before...
      www youtube com/watch?v=bCw-oWp1wf8&feature=player_embedded

      September 28, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • BDL

      Oh, I get it. Israel likes to fight wars just for the hell of it. That makes perfect sense. Instead, try this on for size: Netanyahu hates the idea of military dependence on America. He knows that if the USA attacks Iran he will have a heavy political price to pay, such as giving in to whatever demands Obama comes up with concerning territorial gifts to the Palestinians. The only reason why Netanyahu is seeking American help is because he thinks it is absolutely necessary to avoid a nuclear catastrophe.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • Lucke

      He forgot to include the Israel red line. Please, add it at the very top of the nuke. That fits it.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  79. jiri pincas

    Iran will not use the bomb but will give it to the terrorists so they can use it. Same results!

    September 28, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • HTofS

      The risk is higher for terrorists to get it in Pakistan who already have it than Iran who have it. The reason everybody looks at Iran is the stupid rhetoric of its leader. But how about debate on countries who already have it? Israel included?

      September 28, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
      • HTofS

        Sorry for the typo. Read: ... Than Iran who does not have it ...

        September 28, 2012 at 7:36 am |
      • BDL

        I agree that the Pakistani situation is very dangerous. However, the Sunni Pakistanis are not motivated by the same kind of apocalyptic theology as can be found in Shiite Islam. Sunnis may want to rule the world, but they don't believe that much of it will be destroyed in the process. Also, an Iranian bomb will begin a nuclear arms-race in the Middle East. Several Sunni countries have already said that if the Iranians get the bomb, they will get it as well. That means more nuclear proliferation to unstable regimes and a greater chance of nuclear war.

        September 28, 2012 at 9:09 am |

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