If Israel strikes Iran, Dempsey says U.S. 'would meet' obligations
November 19th, 2013
12:01 AM ET

If Israel strikes Iran, Dempsey says U.S. 'would meet' obligations

By Dan Merica

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday that if Israel were to strike Iran in an effort to damage the country's nuclear program, the United States would meet "some defined obligations" it has to the Middle East nation.

"I feel like we have a deep obligation to Israel," the military leader said. "That is why we are in constant contact and collaboration with them."

This fall, diplomats from the United States and other interested countries have met to deal with Iran's nuclear program and ways in which advancements could be halted.

According to a senior administration official last week, the United States and other countries are "getting close" to an interim deal with Iran that would prevent its nuclear program "from advancing, and roll it back" in key areas.

The deal would lessen sanctions against Iran, a move that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN on Sunday would be a mistake. Instead, the Israeli leader said Western nations should "ratchet up the sanctions" on Iran rather than go through with a proposal for a nuclear agreement that he calls an "extremely bad deal."

"Iran is really on the ropes, their economy is ... close to paralysis, and all of a sudden, you take off the pressure, everybody will understand that you're heading south," he said.

This is not the first time in the last week American leaders have looked to reaffirm the United States' commitment to Israel.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in an exclusive interview with CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, said Saturday night the United States is "listening carefully" to Israel. He reiterated that Washington is continuing its longtime strategy to ensure that Iran cannot gain the capability of building nuclear weapons.

Earlier on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry made a similar statement.

"We believe deeply in our commitment to Israel," Kerry said during a media availability. "I can assure those friends and everybody else watching this that nothing that we are doing here, in my judgment, will put Israel at any additional risk."

Dempsey's Monday remarks came during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, an event that brings CEOs from around the world to Washington to meet with policy makers and listen to public interviews.

Dempsey credited Israel with being "an example of what could be" in the Middle East.

"If we had one of my Israeli counterparts sitting here, they would tell you that most of the Arabs living in Israel have a better life than the Arabs living in the rest of the region and that is true," he said.

- CNN's Jim Sciutto and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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  1. Jerry Schull

    So what this guy is saying, we would support Israel in an unprovoked attack on Iran? This guy needs to retire AND Obama needs to make it real clear to Israel and Iran that NO unprovoked attack by either party will be encouraged/supported by the USA.

    Israel does not wag our tail.

    December 12, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Thomas Covenant

      Agreed. Very odd comments at a time when we're reaching a historic agreement with Iran, too. Somebody wants the process to fail so we can justify another war.

      December 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • JMorcan

      Anyone who thinks Iran's threats and nuclear program aren't provocative isn't playing with a full deck.

      December 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • George

        Well said.

        December 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  2. sendthistodave

    Yeah – we have some "defined obligations to Israel" – we will send them some chicken soup when the war begins.

    November 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      Israel continues to take the West Bank one house at a time, so they have no reason to negotiate.

      November 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  3. Tim

    Obamas top aid, Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran.
    Kerry's son in law is also was born in Iran.
    Is that reason the USA foreign policy to the fascist regime of Iran is so soft?

    November 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Schull

      Maybe there is NO advantage to the USA for a war with Iran.? What would Middle America have to gain?

      Then you have the flip side of the coin. If Iran was a trading partner, I can see we would have something to gain, increased leverage, without the need for an expensive military presence.

      December 12, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • JMorcan

      The Obama administration is clearly trying everything possible to defuse the situation in the Middle East. I don't think any of this necessarily speaks to our support for Israel or our opposition to tyranny in Iran.

      December 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  4. Jeff

    Zarif today told: We continue to construct the heavy water station in city of Arak!!!
    Can somebody explain what was the super deal agreement about?!
    How the USA trust those liars?

    November 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  5. half tilted

    100 Israeli fighter jets fly to bomb teheran and run into top of the line russian and Chinese defensive missiles....
    none of those jets return to Israel.
    too funny !

    November 27, 2013 at 1:55 am | Reply
    • glennrobert

      An attack on Iran would be an illegal at of war. The Iranian response would cause world wide problems with a serious oil shortage in Europe with the U.S. and Israel held responsible. We need to remember how close Iran is to major oil supplies in Saudi Arabia that could be destroyed in a matter of hours.

      November 27, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
      • JMorcan

        Would it be the same type of illegality as when the U.S. kidnapped General Noriega from Panama?

        December 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Thomas K.

      The Missiles Iran currently have deployed are old and very easily defeated wtih todays ECM capability. And even if it aquires the newer SA 300 (which actually isnt all that new) it has been trying to buy it simply necessitates a change in tactics to defeat. Also while Iran may have a large number of surface to surface medium range missiles to strike Israel back with It has few launchers to deliver them. Israels challange will not be in taking on Iranian forces but logistics such as jet refueling.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  6. half tilted

    Israel needs a good azzwhupping....
    i'll laugh

    November 27, 2013 at 1:52 am | Reply
    • Steve Thomas

      Israel does not need the Ass Whipping, YOU NEED THE ASS WHIPPING !! and your DUMB A?? Remarks !!

      December 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Reply
      • Lancesephyr

        Israhell is a parasitic leech on America. Remember the USS Liberty and take back America from AIPAC!

        December 3, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  7. Skorpio

    I believe is more effective to send an ARMY OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, MORMONS AND HARE KRISHNA to all Muslim nations in conflict in order to bring them peace, rationality, universal ethical and moral standards, a window to the XXI century and the possibility of becoming domesticated. The root of the problem are the "Satanic Verses" of the Qu'ran and prophet Mohammed's immoral, perverse, cruel, violent and discriminatory conduct which are the role models for millions of brainless Muslims. Unless there is A MASSIVE CONVERSION OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY, or to any other religion except Islam, the same global Islamic madness and violence will never end.

    November 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      Do you believe the history of we Christians is any less violent? Perhaps you were to young for world war 2 where we Catholics and Protestants killed over 6 million Jews in central Europe. Yes, judge not that ye be judged!

      November 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Reply
      • vbscript2

        Perhaps you were too young to remember that WWII was not, in fact, instigated by Christians. Hitler mostly just worshipped himself and Germany, though he could be said to be pagan. He did occasionally pander to Christians when he deemed it politically convenient to do so. Mussolini was an atheist. Hirohito was Shinto.

        December 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  8. Henry

    Dempsey is right, most Arabs have a better life in Israel than in their own countries. Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.

    November 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Shon Williams

      Are there any Arab Billionaires in Israel. Nope. Just like there are only 2 black billionaires in America vs dozens in Africa.

      November 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
      • glennrobert

        Top 50 wealthiest in U.S. 1.5 billion. 50 to wealthiest in China 95 billion. So the 1% in China are really on to something!

        November 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • vbscript2

        It should probably be pointed out that there are a lot more black people in Africa than in the U.S. Any billionaire in Africa is likely to be black because any person in Africa is likely to be black. Not so in the U.S.

        December 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  9. finnja

    The hallmark of a democratic society, however, is not that a minority ethnicity is better off than it would be in another country, but that it is as well off, in terms of rights and respectful treatment, as the majority ethnicity. Not to mention the people in Gaza and the Westbanks, regions, which are consdered Israel on every map I check and which are ultimately under Israeli control. These remarks by Dempsey are repulsive, as they imply discrimination is ok, as long as people are worse off somewhere esle. These words could come out of a Southern gentleman 150 years ago. They probably did.

    November 21, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • Mike P.

      Finnja, Israel does not discriminate against Arabs. Israel is THE refuge for Bahais, Druze, Christians in the Middle East. The valdictorians of the past two graduating classes from the Technion–Israel's MIT–have been Arab women! The commander of the prestigious Golani brigade is now Druze. The most successful Arab scientists and entrepreneurs in the world live in Israel. ONLY Israel gives them that chance. Not Arab countries. Not European countries, by the way. Women are FREE in Israel–Arab women are protected from tyrannical situations they find themselves in within every Arab country. Gays are free in Israel. Palestinian gays FLEE to Israel for their physical safety. As for the equality issue, it is culture, Finnja. One of the poorest groups in Israel–even poorer than most Arabs–are the ultra-religious Jews–because the men study instead of working. Finnja, you sound super ignorant–and unwilling to change your opinions with actual information. Guess you need to hate Israel in order to keep your current group of "progressive" ignorant hateful feel-good friends.

      November 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  10. TPF

    Okay I'm so sick and tired of Iranians being compared to Arabs...WE ARE NOT ARAB!!! We don't speak the language nor do we share the same culture....religion yes but not culture...it's like comparing the Portuguese to the Spanish or Italians....we unfortunately live in the same region but that's where the similarities end (I have nothing against Arabs at all, just pointing out a fact).

    The real Iranians, in Iran and around the world, don't want war we want a free country to live peacefully and prosper like the rest of the world. No matter who strikes whom no one wins here. Look at Iraq….a great example….

    In my opinion if the US really wants to do the world a favour then they would remove both Benjamin Netanyahu and Khamenei from power, as they are both wanted for crimes against humanity. Neither of them know the value of life or the meaning of peace.

    Stop your hate comments towards Muslims, reading your comments makes me sick to my stomach to know that in this day and age we have such racists who are promoting hatred and bigotry...these comments lead to war and death of innocent people on all sides.....haven't Americans, Canadians, British and the rest endured enough death and debt caused by these wars? Enough is enough....

    November 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • GHynson

      Any country that openly states their desire to "Destroy Israel" deserves to lumped into the "Arab, Islamist, Terrorist, Ass-backward people" group.

      November 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
      • Flag silk makes the best @ss-wipe

        And any country that openly states that it's barely literate, morbidly obese, fear-driven citizenry are "exceptional" deserves to be knocked down a peg or three.

        November 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • helen

      You say you are not Aab, and different culture the Arabs.., and then proceed asking US to remove Natanuahu, leader elected democraticly in an democratic country. You really have no idea, do you, not about US, not about Israel.

      November 21, 2013 at 2:39 am | Reply
    • glennrobert

      Are we to believe that Iran is a threat to the U,S, or a threat to Israel? To attack Israel who has hundreds of atomic weapons would be an act of suicide. They are not suicidal. Iran may be a economic or political threat to Israel but certainly not a military one. The only war they have been involved in was started by Iraq prior to that no war for 300 or more years.

      November 21, 2013 at 2:42 am | Reply
      • worldlypatriotusaveteran

        I regret I must remind you that Iran is a strong supporter of various terrorist organizations, to include arming terrorists with sophisticated weapons. This is not only an Israeli and USA assessment, but the majority of countries in the EU have also come to this same conclusion.

        The possibility of Iran providing nuclear weapons and/or nuclear technology to terrorists is real. It is the foundation to the argument that a nuclear-armed Iran is a grave threat to the world.

        Yes, an Iranian attack on Israel would be suicide for Iran. Iran providing nuclear technology or weapons to terrorists would destabilize the region, and much of the world.

        November 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • Henry

      You ignoramus! Iran are Persians and NOT Arabs.

      November 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Frank C.

      TPF, those who criticize Islam are no more racist than those who criticize Israel or the US, only less so, because Islam is not a race. Parsis and Bahais, two religious groups that originated in Iran, are peace-loving people. Secular–non-religious–Iranians who fled the Islamo-fascist revolution of 1979, are regular folks. Jewish Iranians are peaceful. However, radical Iranian Shiites are genocidal in their dreams, desires, plans, and rhetoric, and shame on you, TPF, for convincing me that even some non-radical Iranians are just their apologists and enablers.

      November 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  11. miriam

    Big deal!

    Some of the world already pays about that much.

    November 20, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  12. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    November 20, 2013 at 1:23 am | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      "In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people."

      If you're saying that America's military is the only country's military to shoot down a civilian aircraft, what about:
      – El Al Flight 402 shot down by Bulgarian MiG-15 fighters on July 27, 1955 killing 7 crew and 51 passengers
      – Libyan Airlines Flight 114 shot down by Isreali F-4 fighters on February 21, 1973 killing 108 out of 113
      – Korean Airlines Flight 902 shot down by USSR Su-15 fighters on April 20, 1978 killing only 2 out of 109
      – Korean Airlines Flight 007 shot down by USSR Su-15 fighter on September 1, 1983 killing all 269 passengers and crew

      And there are more that were collateral damage due to existing warfare environments (please excuse my cold wording).

      November 21, 2013 at 1:17 am | Reply
    • helen

      The Shach was a dictator? And what about your mullas they are not dictators? You chose them, how is it working for you now? When you send young children to war with the key to "paradise" around their necks you killed them. You fought war with Iraq and it is America's fault? LOL!

      November 21, 2013 at 2:48 am | Reply
      • Liberace: America's Greatest American

        The Shah was a vile, corrupt POS. Care to guess who backed him? As for their war with Iraq, care to guess who backed Saddam? Sending their children off to die? – is that not what this country is doing with dumbest and dimmest?

        November 21, 2013 at 9:22 am |
      • Liberace: America's Greatest American

        "its".

        November 21, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  13. Mark

    Get ready for $10 gas if that happens...

    November 20, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • helen

      It is only money.

      November 21, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
  14. StanCalif

    Okay Netanyahu, explain to me how your tactics are working. You call for more pressure on Iran while we finally get some dialog happening. Just before your own negotiations with the Palestinians were about to resume, you decided to "put on more pressure" by bull dozing more land. How did that work out? The Palestinian representatives finally all resigned! You really don't want any successful negotiations with anyone! Your "Russian heritage" is showing, very badly! Maybe you should give Putin a call. He seems to share your mindset!
    Today we have a President who stands up to you and doesn't trust you. Obama can be criticized for many things; however, he doesn't swallow your line like our spineless Congress does! I support Obama's approach, not yours! Our Congress is disgusting. All members love your lobbying money more than they love America and what we stand for!
    If you truly want to live in peace then learn to listen, forget all your "God given rights" which are totally irrelevant in today's world. Remember, your Israel of today was created by the UN and the UK, not by God! Europe desperately wanted someplace to to get rid of their Jews. You, yourself, are no native Israeli jew. Grow up and be happy with what you have. If the Arab world decides that enough is enough, where will you go next? Will you demand part of Africa where modern humans evolved from?
    You need a lesson in humility, your big mouth and your tactics aren't working!
    You have your US donated nuclear weapons (which you will never admit to, nor disclose). Why can't Iran have nuclear weapons to protect themselves from you? You are much more likely to attack Iran than Iran is to attack you!

    November 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      "If the Arabs decide enough is enough? You are joking right. Israel has been attacked numerous times by the Arab world and has defended herself and her right to exist. History is written by the victors, not the terrorist Arabs in the Middle East.

      November 20, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      "Remember, your Israel of today was created by the UN and the UK, not by God!"

      Actually, it was the Isreali soldiers of 1948 led by General David “Mickey” Marcus of Brooklyn that actually laid down the boundries with their blood that defined the Isreal of today. The original UN and UK plan was to keep Isreal split into non-contiguous regions.

      November 21, 2013 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • helen

      Ignoramus, long before Holocaust , in 1917 there was the Balfur declaration, that her majesty government would facilitate the establishment of Jewish national home in Palestine. . Israel will do what it has to do, you can rave all you want, better watch your backin California, your posession of it is coming to an end, very rapidly, by the way.

      November 21, 2013 at 5:59 am | Reply
  15. David

    come back to allen's point.
    If muslims have to watch their back in almost all of their own countries. where assasinations ( do you know the origins of the word) are a fact of life ,what possesses any sane person to think all the worlds problems would go away if the worlds oldest monotheism would just go away. Not to mention the disappearance of most popular names like Harroun (Aaron) Maryam, Ibrahim.

    November 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  16. Joe

    Nuke Israel and solve 90% of the world's problems.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • kyour

      nuke all muslim country and world peace will be achieve!

      November 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • abdoulaye fadiga

      nuke of israel dissolve of muslim world

      November 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • helen

      You know, don't you, that you will be destroyed by hundreds of n. bombs Israel posesses? The times when you could murder us with no price for you to pay , are gone, never to return.

      November 21, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
  17. lance

    iran is a israeli problem not american one, U.S.A. needs to pay its national debt off and fix its dilapidated infrastructure and manufacturing base. stop spending communist chinese loans on world troubles and work on the united states. 17 trillion in debt start focusing on that.

    November 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • abdoulaye fadiga

      thats very intresting sir

      November 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Manufacturing? That's such a 20th century mindset.

      November 20, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Percy

      Right On Bro.!!!!

      November 20, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  18. Jeff

    Obamas top aid, Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran. That's why we haven't bombed Iran yet.

    November 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • Aaron

      Whats this comment about "headed South", you yankee bbastdr , so whats so bad about going south, headed south, or the south, hope Iran succeeds in freedom you people in the puzzle palace.

      November 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  19. PW

    So, if Iran showed a true conciliatory tone, and made an effort at meeting the demands of the Western nations, it seems all you warmongering Israel supporters would STILL want to bomb them – doesn't that just show who the real aggressors and bullies are in this equation? Iran has not spoken of attacking Israel, yet Israel constantly threatens to attack Iran. Why does Israel get a pass for this open hostility and anti-sovereign behavior?

    November 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Not spoken of attacking Israel? Is this a joke?

      November 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • josiane

      Iran never said they will bomb Israel. they just said they will wipe Israel out of the map of the world, that was said at the U.N. podium.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
      • kyour

        ohh maybe iran just want to make a map w/o israel on it? lol

        November 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • alfred

      PW...What Iran said is to wipe out Israel from the map of the World.Do you know an Iranian named Amadinejad?
      Hoping you are smart enough to know how it could be done by Iran.

      November 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  20. Apul M'Deek-Aoud

    This is a fight that has to happen. let it.

    It won't end the conflict over there, nothing will except re-writing their corrupt religious books.

    November 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • just wondering

      who's corrupted religion?... our or there's... both have many similarities

      November 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • fookingod

        ALL religions

        November 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  21. Portland tony

    All past non aggression treaties have been based on "an attack on one is an attack on all". .Not "if one attacks a nation, we all attack that nation". No allied nation dictates where America fights it's wars.

    November 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      "All past non aggression treaties have been based on "an attack on one is an attack on all". .Not "if one attacks a nation, we all attack that nation". "

      Really? What about the August 23, 1939 nonaggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union that resulted in the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939?

      November 21, 2013 at 1:37 am | Reply
  22. George patton

    What would anyone expect this clown Dempsey to say? Of course he's all for war as well as most of those bozos on Capitol Hill! As long as this country remains at war, our economy will go further and further down the tubes!!!

    November 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • sandra

      Universal Rule: Follow the money. Look at the recent patti-cake US has with the mentally disturbed Iran for their oil. Right, release the sanctions, ignore their vulgar threats, and let's make a sell-out-USA deal for the oil. Surely, that will help supply assets to Iran's Nuclear Plans?! What? Good to be deep in someone's pockets for debts that can't be repaid, eh?

      November 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Apul M'Deek-Aoud

        You know the US has so much oil they are about to become a net exporter of the stuff.

        So stop yapping about middle east oil. The US can be self sufficient any time it decides to be.

        IF the US used their on oil reserves instead of buying from the Muslim nations they'd collapse back into the dark ages & the only wars they would be involved in are wars against other camel jockeys.

        November 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Steve

      Said the hippie.

      November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  23. icansee4miles

    Iran's nuclear plans are about to come to fruition, and Israel's Jews will not live under the threat of being 15 minutes away from a Nuclear Holocaust. They will do something about it-in partnership with its former nemesis Saudi Arabia. And by the way, the U.S. will be dragged into it, kicking and screaming.

    Wish for the best, but prepare for the worst-read about the coming war in Amazon Kindle's prescient new thriller – The Bahrain Protocol

    November 19, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • FreonPSandoz

      Israel has been screaming that "Iran's nuclear plans are about to come to fruition" for two decades, so it is impossible to take them seriously. Israel wants Iran destroyed because Iran opposes Israel's existence, and Iran's nuclear program is just an excuse for Israel to pursue that goal.

      November 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
      • helen

        Right on the money, Iran opposes Israel's existence, that's why they want nuclear bomb. That's why Israel , opposes to the Iranian bomb, now you get it, genius?

        November 21, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Ayatollah Kocamemie

      First target Tel Aviv! All Akbar! Kilt ta caste ta nana.

      November 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  24. Bill

    Our military will stand by Israel. I can assure you of that. Heck, Eric Snowden probably said enough about it, as little as he knew or had access to! Our retirees would come back on duty if necessary, or volunteer to serve directly side by side with Israel in any capacity they were needed. Sit down and think for awhile. Just where did Israel get its nuclear weapons from? Family members here in the US most likely, with blessings from all. Prayers that they would NEVER need to use them, but to have them for safety reasons.

    For Iran, as late as 1979 they were becoming close friends with the US. There are still lots of great people in that country. Unfortunately, they have a few people there that would make evil leaders of the 20th century look less evil in comparison.

    November 19, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Dustan

      Who is Eric Snowden? Edward's even more malicious brother?

      November 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • SanMan

        Its okay bills going to come out of retirement to go help Isreal, because thats what they need more geriatrics to fly on the suicide mission to bomb irans reactors.

        November 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  25. Tom1940

    Do not be surprised to see General Dempsey "quietly retire" in the next little while. To say that the U.S. would meet it's obligation to Israel, when the President is never likely to go to war for Israel nor anyone else in his present precarious and tentative political position. Distrust by allies. Domestic policy in shambles and "not trusted to tell the truth" by 53% of the American People. Who's kidding who here. Israel will either not go – (to war with Iran), or they will go "alone". Because this President will not now, nor has he ever intended to "fully" support Israel in this matter. He would rather see Israel taken off the map, than raise a finger to save them. It would make the solution of the Middle East Problem he inherited, a "final" solution. The worst kind. But one he would accept. It would all "just go away" without his having done a thing. Just like the previous "problems" he has faced.

    November 19, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • brandon

      let me guess your republican? thats fine but don't start all this obama hating becouse he misspoke about obama care. how many times did bush lie too all of us about grave things not just about something so triveal than obama care. besides he has gotten us out of two wars and killed osama. but i guess that don`t matter keep haten

      November 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • josiane

      like all Obama's lapdogs he will say what he says and will do nothing like their boss.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • McBearsNY

      I am not an Obama guy but you forget Obama is the president of the USA not Israel, he will pursue American interests not Israelis, furthermore he has not stopped Israel from receiving tons of financial and military assistance like US made 2.5ton bunker buster bombs (Israel has no planes that can carry anything larger)

      November 20, 2013 at 5:03 am | Reply
    • Steve

      General Dempsey is not going anywhere. Wise up.

      November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  26. Sit Back

    Then just sit back and watch Towel Heads and Doilie Heads roll.

    November 19, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  27. maias

    So if lsrael attacks a member of the international community, without provocation and just because Israel has been claiming for 15 years that Iran will 'have a nuclear weapon within a year" – the USA will side with lsrael? What will the UK do? The UN should immediately bar the US from having the power of veto over any condemnation and demands for sanctions against lsrael, because of conflict of interest with its errant ally. Otherwise the UN will be seen as a useless organisation going against democratic principles.....

    November 19, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      The U.N. a "relative" organization with any "real" authority? Since when? When it comes down taking action to mitigate a threat to what a nation thinks is necessary for its people to actually live, the U.N. hasn't, shouldn't and never will be "relavant".

      November 19, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      maias: You miss a big point. The US has legal, contractual obligations to Israel, just as we did to France in WW2. As a nation of laws, the US should honor those obligations, whatever they are. the decision as to what we should do rests with the Commander in Chief, per Article 2, Section 2, potentially subject to approval by the Congress, since only Congress can declare war.

      November 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • josiane

      Maia do not worry every time the U.N members sit together there are two dozens sanctions against Israel. so what is one more??

      November 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Last of the Jedi

      The UN is a worthless Parasite organization hell bent on America's destruction.They need thrown out of the US.
      The UN is as useful as an appendix!!

      November 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      In case you missed it, the USA is the lone SUPER POWER. The UN has no validity without the USA's muscle. Wise up.

      November 20, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
  28. Stan

    "U.S. would act if Israel strikes Iran"

    Hey, who edited the headline? Isn't it supposed to say, "U.S. would act stupid if Israel strikes Iran"?

    The basic message: US puppet states can shatter human rights, violate international law, and even launch unprovoked attacks against their neighbors (using U.S. made weapons). But wait, not only can they do it, but they have our blessing in advance and our assurance that if they bite off more than they can chew, we'll make sure nobody has a chance for payback. Go ahead Israel, do whatever you want. If our billions of tax dollars and the weapons we give you every year isn't enough to help you destabilize the region, we'll escalate the whole thing and send another ruin another another nation (but only the defenseless ones, we like slaughter, not war).

    Cheers

    November 19, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
    • steve

      US Puppet sate? What did the US have to do with the administration and separation with Mandatory Palestine by the British in 1946? Once Israel declared herself a nation, she was attacked from all sides, and WON. There were no Americans there fighting, only the blood of Israelis. After 67 years and repeated attacks by her neighbors, Israel still exists. Israel had to defend herself from attacks from every bordering nation time and time again. Yet, it's a puppet state? That is so racist. Israel has to sit and wait for Iran to build a nuke while Iran calls for Israel's destruction of the map? If Mexico did that, would the US sit and wait? Your comments are foolish. Slaughter? You say slaughter? Laughable.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • uche

        well, this is the type of one sided-ness that encourages Israel to continue to do destructive and illegal things in the region. If you want to go back to the time when Israel declared itself a state, the Israel lobby would do well to remember it was at the expense of people who happen to be living on the land that Israel "stole", under the cover of their version of the religious stories that they use to justify their insidious acts against other people. Just as the people who where on that land for hundreds of years use their version of the religious stories to justify their murderous response to the theft of their lands.

        November 19, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • loveisrael

      read your Bible, or are you Godless, like everybody else

      November 19, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • woldtradecenter

      firs of all i would like to tell you about peace in region and the world. should united states didn't provoke other nation to attack others. U.S should to be negotiator from world problem such as nuclear issue and civil war. if people or country lot make mistake about foreigner policy. they credibility will be down in international community may be china will be super power in the world looks in economic grow also foreign policy.

      November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  29. Sunfire

    Its time for Israel to do what is right and leave it to the hand of the Lord. The US is not the world no 1 superpower anymore and it was obvious in the case of Syria

    November 19, 2013 at 7:09 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      So which country has the the economic and military might exceeding the U.S.?

      November 19, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • Rascal262

        "Power" encompasses more than just military might.

        November 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
      • Trevor

        Rascal: I listed economic power as well... But I'll here's a comprehensive list: geographical, resources, population, economic, political, military, psychological and informational. I suppose more research would need to be done to see how much "weight" is placed on each type, but I'll still put good money on the U.S. when a final "scorecard" is tallied...

        November 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
      • Steve

        The answer is nobody and they know it...

        November 20, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • helen

        Economic?

        November 21, 2013 at 7:32 am |
  30. Carrie

    Yeah, as thought the US doesn't have a huge stockpile of nuclear weapons in Israel, pointed right at the rest of the Middle East. And what are these "obligations," exactly, that the US has to Israel? You'd think the billions of dollars in aid that we give them every year would be enough. You can't sit back and wonder why things like 9/11 happen while the US continues to support Israel.

    November 19, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • Sunfire

      I will agree with you especially if we are talking about American financial aid. American money for Americans

      November 19, 2013 at 7:12 am | Reply
      • helen

        Israel's GDP is $ 249 billion , American help is 3 billion, these money Israel has to spend bying American military equipment. As you see 3 billion is not crucial for a country whose GDP is $ 249. You gave the same money to Egypt, your help the Palestinians is half a billion annually.

        November 21, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • steve

      Racist

      November 19, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
      • TacticalLabrador

        Just because he makes a good point doesn't make him racist..

        November 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Steve Hamilton

      Carrie: Unless you have a need to know, the US contractual obligations to Israel will not be disclosed to you or anyone else without the proper clearance. Whatever treaty we have with Israel was approved by 2/3's of the then Senators. You may nor like it, but the reality is that you would need a security clearance (probably "top secret") and a need to know.

      November 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  31. Dirk

    "If we had one of my Israeli counterparts sitting here, they would tell you that most of the Arabs living in Israel have a better life than the Arabs living in the rest of the region and that is true," he said.

    This was true about black people during apartheid South Africa too... Not sure if you should play that card.

    November 19, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • uche

      this is just the type of mindset that keeps turoil going in the land. "Our slaves live better that a whole land of free people...
      Yea, for some table scraps 3x a day, people would rather give up life and freedom? And, for the comment that there is no Aparheid in Israel? Oh what self induced blindness makes people believe and say.

      November 19, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
  32. greenislanddreams

    The US helped Israel steal all its extra land, now it will help destroy Iran. I support the destruction of the government of Iran, but not all the land stealing or the oppression of the Palestinians in an apartheid state.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:57 am | Reply
    • survive

      Firstly Israelis were in the land more than 4 thousand years ago even before USA can into being..
      Secondly there is no oppression for those who wants to live peacefully in Israel.
      Thirdly there is no apartheid because of equal rights to all races in Israel. Those that are politically brainwashed into becoming terrorists they are holed up in the West Bank and Gaza by choice.

      November 19, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
      • It`s Obvious

        Yes there was a Kingdom of Israel thousands of years ago, inhabited by Arabs who had what we now refer to as Jewish religious beliefs.

        Abraham was an Arab, Moses was an Arab, David, Solomon (and Goliath) and Jesus were all Arabs converting to the religions of the new Prophets, the descendants of the people of the Kingdom of Israel are the intrinsic population displaced by European colonists.

        The original Hebrews were certainly not from Czehoslovakia, or Poland, or Russia, in fact the oldest record of the Hebrew religion was found in Iraq, which at that time was within the borders of the Egyptian empire.

        November 19, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • steve

      Why is it Palestinian land? When did a Palestinian state ever exist? When did they ever rule this land? After the Turks ruled it for over 4 centuries, it was run by the Brits. If you want a Palestinian state, look no further than Jordan. If you want justice for all the races of the world looking for a homeland, let's start with the Kurds maybe who are friendly to us and don't call for the destruction of their neighbors.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • steve

      Steal the land from whom? The British? The Turks? When did Palestinians ever rule the land? Tell me when Palestine ever existed as a state? You cannot steal something if it doesn't exist. The whole idea of Palestinian nationalism is about 100 years old. Know your history. If you want a Palestinian state, it's called Jordan.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  33. Awabnavi

    I'm sure Iran must have some "dirty weapons" up its sleeves – like chemical/biological. If it does not have it then the leaders of Iran would be considered the most stupid of all. And if it has them, as they should have them, then Israel should be MIGHTY, MIGHTY, CAREFUL. I bet Israel KNOWS that Iran has some "dirty weapons" by which they could create havoc in Israel. That is the only reason why they have not yet attacked Iran in spite of all their war rhetoric.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:36 am | Reply
    • somebody

      you sure??? ok . :-D

      you must read some history.Iran(knowing as Persia) was a great emperor.but what about Israel???

      israel attacks lebanon and nobody care.israel attacks qaza strip and nobody cares.cuz ,israel rule half of the world media.
      they told us what they like not trust.

      November 19, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Awabnavi: You post shows your naivete. Most likely, the reason Israel has not attacked Iran is because they would need the help of the US to win the resultant war. the Israeil government may be hawkish, but it's not stupid.

      November 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • Awabnavi

        So the US is going to participate in ISRAELI AGGRESSION?

        November 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  34. Born Again & Again & Again

    Just bomb those damned Islam Nation and get it over with.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:33 am | Reply
    • justice

      How about we put you right in the middle of that bomb.. You could meet your maker .

      November 19, 2013 at 6:06 am | Reply
    • Carrie

      What a ridiculous and narrow-minded comment. What if all Islamic nations thought that all non-Islamic countries should be bombed, and then acted on it? What the world needs is TOLERANCE, from all sides. But sadly, with people like you in the world, that will probably never happen.

      November 19, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Sure, just bomb Iran like we bombed Iraq just to "get it over with"! That turned out well, didn't it?
      Just how is the great Democratic State of Iraq doing today? Is it peaceful and prosperous now that all Iraqis are "democratically" represented and enjoy equal protection under law? Ha, Ha, Ha! We (the US) will never learn!

      November 19, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
      • steve

        All my Kurdish friends prefer today's Iraq.

        November 19, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • beyond the arc

      If you keep being reborn, one day you might get it right!

      November 19, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      born again: Get what over with , WW3? Remember GWB's experience with "unintended consequences"? Here is a lesson for you from science and engineering: there are never simple answers to complex problems.

      November 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • wilypagan

        Actually there are simple, elegant solutions to complex problems, but it takes genius to find them, a trait sorely missing among politicians of all stripes.

        November 20, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  35. survive

    The Israelis were able to turn their original home land from a desert into a thriving metropolis and successful farm lands despite being attacked by Muslims neighbors with Muslim support from all over the world. Not once but four times with Russia providing military aids and even pilots. To the anti Semites and losers out there too bad Israel is always ahead, in your face.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:28 am | Reply
    • Ajax

      So TYrue

      November 19, 2013 at 6:40 am | Reply
    • mehdi zam

      Israel is built on blood of Palestinians and will drown in that blood very soon.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        You can keep attacking Israel all you want and you can keep being defeated. To the victor goes the spoils. When did the Palestinians win anything?

        November 20, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  36. Samuel

    What Israel is doing not only benefit them but the whole world, and its my prayer that US, France and other nations boldly condemn Iran's action and take more actions than words.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:18 am | Reply
    • Ajax

      Yes. Unfortunately so many people are blinded to the bigger reality in this situation and see only what they deem to be the politically correct way of dealing with it in the process throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Iran is a very real threat; not only to Israel and the rest of the Middle East but the entire world.

      November 19, 2013 at 6:46 am | Reply
  37. pieter jacqmaer

    How must the Iranians feel when they hear this? These kind of messages don't promote peace. It only incites an arms race.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:05 am | Reply
    • MN

      precisely, and that's what Israel wants, is it not? I long for the day when we can see Israel make a dramatic move towards peace and not the opposite.

      November 19, 2013 at 5:52 am | Reply
      • Ajax

        Be realistic. In the Middle East it is Israel that is with its back against the wall, not the other way round. The fact that Israel gave back the Sinai to Egypt after its peace with Egypt (remember the Sinai acted as a buffer during the 1973 war and prevented Israel from being overrun, thereby saving it) shows so very clearly that it is willing to sacrifice for the sake of REAL peace. It is for the same reason it cannot give up the Golan (he who controls the Golan controls entry to Northern Israel) since Syria was never willing to get involved in a serious peace with Israel. It takes two to tango

        November 19, 2013 at 6:53 am |
  38. Mike

    Dean, I usually don't drop so low as to call people names but you are an idiot. All of your comments reflect the fact that you truly know absolutely nothing about any of these related topics or this region. And oh, Hamas leadership probably sent family members to Israel for medical treatment most likely because the facilities in Gaza have been so badly destroyed by Israeli thugs (IDF) that there's not much left at this point, whereas the facilities in Israel are still in good shape. Since you seem to think that Israel is such a great friend to the U.S., perhaps you should look into the creation of Israel and how all of that came about. Maybe then you'll learn about how Jewish soldiers in the 1940's basically went village to village in present-day Israel and killed/raped Bedouins that they encountered until they all fled the area. Then, bingo, Israel had some space to found itself. The fact is, if Israel IS surrounded by states that intend it harm, maybe that's just karma and it'll get what it deserves. However, if Iran and other surrounding states were just left alone, I seriously doubt that there would be any aggression by any of those countries.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply
    • Danny

      Hey Mike,

      II dont know what news sites you get your information from. Would stick to respected sources rather than Palestinian propaganda if I was you. Truth and reality count!
      I suggest you take a trip to Iran and check the conditions of the Iranian dissidents over there. Better still try to demonstrate against the government. You'll be doing us all a favour! Maybe then you'll understand why the US supports Israel. (You wouldnt be Iranian would you?)

      November 19, 2013 at 5:35 am | Reply
      • It`s Obvious

        Hey Danny,

        Iran`s doing just fine, trade between Iran and China is growing at 70% p.a. China has just completed a $350 million extension of Tehran`s Underground system (bet you had no idea Iran had an underground transportation system!). and China has announced a further $1 billion contracts awarded by the Iranian Government (Guaranteed Parliament seats for Christian and Jewish Iranians, I bet that surprised you as well!).

        You`ve seen TV footage of those "Iranian dissenters" but have you ever wondered why the signs they carry are in English? The predominant language in Iran is Farsi, so who are the audience the English posters are aimed at? It`s as strange as it would be if those Wall Street protesters held placards written in Russian to influence a Russian TV audience.

        All this is academic thought, China (and Russia) support Iran and China gets 10% of her oil from Iran, Israel is no match for Iran without US help, and China has the US by the financial short and curlies, basically China rules because China has the money and the US er .......... is broke!

        November 19, 2013 at 6:06 am |
    • Ajax

      You should change your reading material from fiction to fact. Surely there would have been cases where Israelis have acted incorrectly (show me where in the world does this not occur) but you really need to start looking at facts . In the bigger scheme of things quite clearly and by an extremely wide margin the "thugs" you are talking about come from the other side. Forget your emotions and look at facts

      November 19, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
      • It`s Obvious

        Quite right Alex, Here are the facts.

        Since Sept. 29 2000, 129 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinian actions, during that time 1,519 Palestinian Children have been killed by Israelis.

        Since that time 1,104 adult Israelis have been killed by Palestinians, and 6,836 adult Palestinians have been killed by Israelis.

        No Israelis are held prisoner without trial by Palestine, 5,007 Palestinians are held prisoner without trial by Israel.

        No Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestine, over 27,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed by Israel.

        There are no Palestinian settlements on confiscated Israeli land, there are 260 Israeli settlements on confiscated West Bank land, linked by roads that can only be used by Jews.

        Oy vey Alex that`s the way eh!

        P.S. all approved by the US who also pay $$$$$$ billions in weapons and cash, and the good old US taxpayers love it, don`t they?.

        November 19, 2013 at 8:11 am |
      • Ajax

        Its Obvious
        You clearly cannot see the trees for the wood . look at the bigger picture. Put yourself in the position of Israel. What would you do to defend yourself against enemies (deliberately plural ) that want to destroy you. And by the way, I would really check my figures again if i were you. Your sources seems to be a bit biased (but then again, that is par for the course when it comes to Israel, isn't it ? Hitler could also have been as selective as you had he wanted to. Dump the emotion and see the whole picture.

        November 19, 2013 at 8:24 am |
    • steve

      Nonsense. Israel declared herself a state and was immediately attacked by all the peace-loving Muslims. Get your facts right. Your accounts of history are not factual and you represent ignorance.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      Israel is never been a "threat" to Iran, so why is Iran pursuing nuclear weapons (don't say they're not...)? Israel has no benefit whatsoever in striking Iran iwthout good reason...it would only make their situation in the ME and around the world 10 times as bad...but they obviously have far more "insight" that you do into Iran's intentions and are willing to do what is necessary for its people's survival.

      November 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
      • finnja

        Notably, US AND Israel intelligence suggests that Iran does not pursue a nuclear bomb and has not for a decade or so.

        November 21, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • Steve Hamilton

      Mike: Your comments are interesting but irrelevant. Whatever treaty we have with Israel was approved by the then president and 2/3's of the Senate. That treaty defines America's legal obligations to its ally. Only personnel with the requisite security clearance and a need to know are able to see what the terms of that treaty are.

      November 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  39. Frank Valley

    "The US recognizes Israel is its only true and reliable friend in the region and friends help each other."

    What has Israel given the US, its friend? Anything? Goods, money, services....ok, they have given services. But it is a one-sided friendship.

    November 19, 2013 at 5:00 am | Reply
    • steve

      Foolishness. Israel and GB are our 2 closest alleys. Deal with it.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  40. caro

    the only obligation the USA has, is to punish Israel for attacking without good reason, a souvereign middle eastern state. The US should just bomb Tel Avib away.

    November 19, 2013 at 4:26 am | Reply
    • steve

      Since Israel became a state in 1946, she has been attacked time and time again and has won and won and won. Israel exists. Deal with it.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      caro: What are your bona fides for asserting that the US should bomb Israel? why would the US want to bomb an ally? What good would accrue to our country and its citizens from such an action? Don't you think that if the US did that, we would never be able to enter into a treaty, ever again?

      November 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  41. Dan

    Brings back memories of what apartheid South Africa used to claim about its black citizens. It would be a pity to see a war, that will last for many years, to be fought to protect a country that within twenty years will have completely changed due to demographics.

    November 19, 2013 at 4:12 am | Reply
    • Doron

      I don't recall that black South-Africans had the right to vote, and had members of parliament representing them. One man, one vote exists in Israel since its creation.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:40 am | Reply
      • Mason

        How about one state solution?

        November 19, 2013 at 8:19 am |
      • finnja

        Actually, there is no one wo/man one vote situation, currently. Israel controls Gaza and the West Banks, regions that are part of Israel on every map and that are controlled by Israel. (Calorie import to Gaza, Control of movement in the West banks, land grabs, IDF presence in the Westbanks, unannounced mock raids on innocent civilians to 'train' the IDF, subject to imprisonment and courts in Israel...). Yet, the Palestineans in the terrotories have no vote. Democracy my b*lls.

        November 21, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  42. KoP

    So why exactely Gen. Martin Dempsey feels US "have a deep obligation to Israel"?

    November 19, 2013 at 3:36 am | Reply
    • Dean

      Simple – the General and most American see Israel as a true friend and the only democracy in the Mid East.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:11 am | Reply
      • Sonny 41

        'True friends and democracy' will never imply justification for military force. Democracy is rule by majority not might and a true friend would not impose upon another.

        November 19, 2013 at 4:55 am |
      • Ajax

        Sonny 41

        Because we live in the real world. Keep on dreaming though.

        November 19, 2013 at 7:03 am |
      • aldewacs2

        @Sonny 41 ... - " Democracy is rule by majority ..."
        – – –
        No it's not. That would result in repression for all others that are not part of that majority. It's call tyranny by majority. Theocracies are good examples of that mess. Please use Wikipedia or any other unbiased source to learn how democracy is supposed to work.

        November 19, 2013 at 9:41 am |
  43. mehdi zam

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    12:01 AM ET

    Close

    If Israel strikes Iran, Iran will destroy Israel god willing

    November 19, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
    • Dean

      If Israel is forced to retaliate against Iran, Rouhani will not even have time to scratch his backside. God has nothing to do with this.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:14 am | Reply
      • caro

        You don't understand. Israel threatens since a long time to bomb Iran. So if that would happen, and nothing can be excluded from the little terrorist state, then the retaliation will be coming from Iran, the victim of the aggression.
        And believe me, it will not be pretty for what was once thought to be a future jewish state in the middle east.

        November 19, 2013 at 4:29 am |
      • Mason

        Hezbollah coming theater near you.

        November 19, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • Ajax

      Mehdi Zam

      I am sorry to have to shock you but you will be in for a very rude surprise.

      November 19, 2013 at 7:09 am | Reply
    • steve

      Israel could defeat Iran in about 6 days. You are naïve.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • steve

      Israel could destroy Iran in 5 days.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • mehdi zam

        heheh in your dreams u think Iran is like Gaza or Lebanon?
        I saw power of little Israel of yours they cant even deal with Hamas how can deal with IRAN

        November 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • aldewacs2

      It's that 'god willing' that has me really concerned. Religious nutcases will do anything to meet their master.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  44. terminaldogma75

    I suspect that the Iranians are under no illusion that if they strike against the Israeli's that the US would render assistance to their main ally in the region. That being said I think it is insane that the US essentially has itself in a position where a tiny nation state (albeit it the only one in the region with nuclear arms even if they will not admit as much) is essentially dictating the foreign policy of a superpower with regard to the region.

    November 19, 2013 at 3:22 am | Reply
    • Dean

      A "tiny nation state" surrounded and greatly outnumbered by hostile enemies. The US recognizes Israel is its only true and reliable friend in the region and friends help each other.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:19 am | Reply
      • Hasek39

        Israel is only friendly to itself !

        The only reason why Israel is cozy to the U.S. is because it receives $20 billion in US aid each year + $ billions more in weapons, munitions, technology, etc. etc. The Israeli economy is a direct function of support from the US taxpayer. Zionistic promotion of perpetual war in the Middle East supports Israel's hegemonic ambitions and selfish agenda as they continue to use the excuse of "existential threat" for more and more money, weapons and land concessions from their neighbors. When things get too tough, they get the U.S. to send young American lives into harm's way to fight for them. Greatest threat to world peace for the past 60+ years: Zionism and Israel.

        If you received so much, you'd love the U.S. too.

        December 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • caro

      read the article again, this is about the terrorist state of Israel attacking Iran, not the other way around !

      November 19, 2013 at 4:30 am | Reply
      • steve

        "terrorist state" Thanks for the input. NO go back to Al Jezera with your hatred.

        November 19, 2013 at 9:20 am |
    • Steve Hamilton

      terminal dogma: What you "think" is completely irrelevant. What counts is the terms of the treaty the US has with Israel, which treaty was approved by the then president along with 2/3's of the then Senate. If we were to unilaterally abrogate the contract, no other country would enter into a treaty with the US ever again.

      November 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  45. Allen

    Look at Syria, Sunnis are killing Shiites, Alawaits are killing Sunnis, and Christians are getting bombed, and Kurds are fighting Turks, Jeez. Did I forget something ? Yes I did, the Arab Patriarchs claiming that Syria is Christian land and that Muslims are guests and not owners of Syria. So much for Arab nationalism, Zionism is a better model for that region, and for proof just look at Syria or Lebanon over the last 30 years, how divided they are, how they continue to kill each other, bomb each other, hate each other, talk about each other, legally discriminate, you name it.

    November 19, 2013 at 3:13 am | Reply
  46. Karl Marx

    The world powers should cut all aid to Israel and impose sanctions on Israel until they yield up -their- nuclear weapons. We should then give the Israeli bombs to Iran, as Reagan gave Iran missiles, and -stop- considering Israel as an ally or friend..

    November 19, 2013 at 3:00 am | Reply
    • Samuel

      Hello Marx,
      Is there other world powers excluding Israel?
      Israel can not be undermined, it is capable of defending itself.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:59 am | Reply
    • steve

      Hey Karl Marx: Your theories were so roundly defeated in the last century with the failing of all communist regimes...do you really think anyone will listen to you now and your "haters of the world unite" idea?

      November 19, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Last of the Jedi

      You need to quit staring at the sun with your binoculars.Jesus will never allow Iran to destroy Israel!

      November 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
      • finnja

        Then why worry. Israel could easily ged rid of its nukes, too.

        November 21, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  47. jewishlobbyscrewing America

    Does chief of staff make the call or the head of three armed forces? .. Dempsey so feels then he should join IDF ...

    November 19, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
  48. jon

    i think dempsey is U.S joint cheeeeeeeep of staf OR IsrAel,s :P :P ??

    November 19, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
  49. Lord Barrington

    Netanyahu is 'yahoo'

    November 19, 2013 at 2:49 am | Reply
    • caro

      NUTTER YAHOO

      November 19, 2013 at 4:27 am | Reply
  50. KEVIN

    Dempsy needs to make clear to Iran that we will evaporate them off the map if they try to attack Israel, but he needs to be careful about insinuating that we will practice unprovoked military attacks on Iran.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:26 am | Reply
  51. Aaron

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed that they are 100% committed to sacrificing American soldiers lives in a war to protect Israel.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • Dean

      Another ignorant person who knows that Israel never asked for US soldiers to fight its battle.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • Samuel

      Aaron, US knows what Israel is, Blessed is the one that bless Israel and Cursed is he who curse Israel.
      Israel is a God's chosen nation and with or without US support Israel can still defend itself.

      November 19, 2013 at 5:07 am | Reply
      • Ajax

        The most basic of all truths

        November 19, 2013 at 7:06 am |
      • aldewacs2

        It would be SOOOOO much wiser if all people, including and maybe especially in the Middle East, are taught that religion is a scam, there are no gods, and it's all political power grabs. Start from there and move up. Any 'solutions' based on religious drivel will end up in 'end of times' scenarios.

        November 19, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • steve

      Don't worry. Israel just needs a few ships to help with logistics. Israel could destroy Iran in a few days. No soldiers needed. Get a grip.

      November 19, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
  52. Ammar

    "If we had one of my Israeli counterparts sitting here, they would tell you that most of the Arabs living in Israel have a better life than the Arabs living in the rest of the region and that is true,' he said."

    Are you kidding me
    Listen, I know life *in* Israel could be good compared to some other countries in the region, but it's a little farfetched to make that statement.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
    • Danny

      Ammar,

      Yes it is true that most of the Arabs living in Israel have a better life than the Arabs living in the rest of the region. Problem is getting them to admit that. One way to see this is the opportunity that some Arabs in border communities had a number of years ago of either retaining their Israeli citizenship or taking Palestinian citizenship. Was not a question for the vast majority of them.
      Go check the facts for yourself. eg income per annum of Israeli Arabs vs other countries, academic degrees per capita, medical care/coverage etc.
      You WILL be surprised!

      November 19, 2013 at 3:09 am | Reply
    • Dean

      Read news reports from today: the Hamas leadership sent its family members for medical treatment in Israel. Residents in Gaza fared much better when the Israelis governed Gaza. Facts.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:24 am | Reply
      • adnan

        live in gaza under israel then call it a fact.. call things "facts " based on reading biased reporting..............? almost plausible

        present day israel has the same philosophy as their nemesis hitler did. might is right... that unfortunately has never solved any problems

        November 19, 2013 at 5:58 am |
      • finnja

        Of course, this could be due to the abysmal hospital infrastructure in Gaza, too.

        November 21, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • steve

      I have a Palestinian friend from Israel who lives very well. You want to only believe what CNN show's you?

      November 19, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply

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