Senators: Israel undecided on striking Iran
March 6th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Senators: Israel undecided on striking Iran

By Ted Barrett and Kate Bolduan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. senators he has not decided whether to strike nuclear sites in Iran, according to two Democratic senators who attended a meeting with him in the Capitol Tuesday.

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“They say they haven’t made a decision and I take them at face value,” Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee said after the meeting.” “But I think they are making very clear their distinction between the U.S. perception of timing and theirs.”

“He said a decision has not been made,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee. “But they have very strong resolve and very strong intent that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon.”

At a press photo opportunity before the meeting, Netanyahu declined to directly respond to a CNN question about one report that Israel had already made a decision to attack Iran.

“I’ve made a decision not to talk about that,” Netanyahu said.

“I think we need to try to stay on the same page here,” Kerry said. “I think the president and prime minister had good discussions and I think no decision has been made. So my hope is that diplomacy still has time to, perhaps, produce a result. I’m not sure what odds I’d put on it. But it’s what you have to do.”

One senator who attended the meeting but who asked not to be identified said Netanyahu expressed real skepticism about sanctions against Iran working to deter Iran’s nuclear program. The senator added that it’s smart for Netanyahu to push the idea that Israel might carry out strikes because it creates a sense of uncertainty in Tehran.

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  4. ali

    Iran nxt world power u mess with The best and u die like the rest wtc boo yah I like men doin me b4 pray all isrealies die

    March 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  5. al

    Like ur thoughts abe lincon the real terrorist r isreal and americanr its time 4 all arab countri3ers step up help get r brotheren palastian7s their land back from the puppet isr3ealias LET GO IRAN IRAN IR BEAST OF THE EAST

    March 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  6. Peikoviany

    Jihad b'tches should blow their own brains out, if they have any.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:42 am | Reply
    • Obama Bin Laden

      Bibi is the man.

      Bibi runs me and is the master of the universe.

      Bibi is bad.

      Bibi is all that.

      Bibi is king of the zionists.

      Bibi can walk on water.

      Bibi can whoop any Arab.

      Bibi can bitch-slap me any day.

      Bibi doesn't use condoms.

      Bibi has more than one ho walking Broadway.

      Bibi doesn't brush his teeth.

      Bibi can change the world anytime he wants.

      Bibi used to sing with the Temptations.

      Bibi decides who will be the next president of the us of a and boy am I not going to bite when I suck his pp the next time he comes to visit me.

      Bibi likes me on my knees.

      Bibi is god.

      Bibi does no wrong.

      Bibi will decide what CNN reports on.

      Bibi is not a snake.

      Bibi can make the world fear him.

      Bibi runs Hollywood.

      Bibi wrote the bible.

      Bibi has more money than me.

      Bibi used to play in the NBA.

      Bibi can't drink enough vodka.

      Bibi made contact with aliens.

      Bibi used to be an alien.

      Bibi is the devil.

      Bibi's favorite number is 666.

      Bibi hates Christians.

      Bibi knows all.

      Bibi won't back-hand me, at least not in public.

      Dang . . . Bibi please don't hurt me.

      March 7, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
      • Peikoviany

        I'm sure OBL believed that. And a lot of other imbecile rhetoric.

        March 7, 2012 at 9:44 am |
      • Queef

        Hey!, fuck-tard. If you'd actually pay attention, you'd see that Obama isn't in any hurry to kiss Bibi's ass. And yes, we get it; you hate the Jews. Good for you.

        No go slit your wrists.

        March 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Jonathan Pollard

        You're an idiot Queenie, I am Jewish but not a dirty evil zionist like you.

        israel forever – just keep the money coming in – we like our stupid american slaves dumb and dumber like queenie.

        March 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  7. Tony

    Its due to the views of people like some in this forum – that Israel has weapons of mass destruction. May they use them in a deliberate and focused manner if / when necessary. We in the civilized world have NO CLUE what its like being surrounded by muzlim enemies 24 x 7... every day every year. Cudos to them for standing strong.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply

    Hate typos Israel

    March 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      The whole world hates israel

      March 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
      • ForestGump

        No no the whole world hates you-please change your name you're misrepresenting a great American president.

        March 7, 2012 at 12:42 am |
      • Queef

        Lincoln was an absolute prick who gladly looked the other way when the great General Sherman, slaughtered defenseless civilians.

        He didn't think much of the blacks, either.

        March 7, 2012 at 3:28 am |

    The US will always stand by Isreal and whoever wants them wiped out is welcome to stand on the wrong side kick ass Isreal this is a biblical fact this is to happen and the US though tolerant of all we are a Christian founded nation go get em

    March 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      Fuk your bible zionist be atch!!!

      Please China, Russia, Pakistan, India, anybody, hurry and nuke israel.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
      • ForestGump

        I will place my butthole right on your nose and spin for 3 min to give you a taste on how America feels about you.

        -The End-

        March 7, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  10. Best

    @al, you are disgusting to say something like that! i hope you get what you put out. see what you feel like when your family is grilled in a barbecue, you live in a starvation camp, beaten, naked, no dignity...all for no reason.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  11. Best

    @diana legg-i agree that a world without nuclear arms would be great-but the reality is we have it. what gives some the right to those arms and others not? well israel most likely has nuclear arms, yet in all these years of having them, they have not used or threatened to use them. iran on the other hand has made public threats saying it wants to wipe israel off the map. thus iran(among other agressors) should not be able to have nuclear weapons, because of showing alarming public threats/aggression.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      israel is our enemy.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Are you saying that any soverign state that makes threats against another soverign state should not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons or does this apply only if those threats are against Israel? If it is the former you may want to decide if the US is the pot or the kettle...

      March 7, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  12. al

    Hope isreal makes move against iran then iran wipes them off the map And finishes what hittler co8uldnt do

    March 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  13. Eli Ojemuyiwa

    Let diplomacy take its course.Enough wars.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  14. Thomas

    If Israel attacks Iran the allie system will go like this:

    (Allied Powers) : Israel, USA, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Micronesia, and India (give or take Russia)
    (Middle Easten Powers) : Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, and Venezuela (give or take Cuba because Cuba just dont like the USA)

    March 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      EVIL Governments: USA, racist israel, forever weak france, gutless england

      The GOOD Governments: Iran, Turkey, China, Russia, and any nation that opposes zionism.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
      • Suck it

        How is China a "good" nation? They oppress there people so badly, they have NO FREEDOMS!

        March 7, 2012 at 1:30 am |
      • Queef

        They're more free than you think.

        March 7, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  15. Ivan

    The only one that has any issues with Iran are the Israelis and their American puppet president.
    So tell me why should Israel have Nuclear capability in the region and no one else?

    So in this case Israel is the aggressor just like in all the other wars they have started.
    Oh and then they come crying to the USA.

    “oh please come help us we are being picked on and attacked to extinction”

    Thirty years ago, Israel attacked Iraq to destroy a nuclear reactor that had been purchased from France.
    It was built within the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    Then shortly after that we had the 1st Gulf war. Coincidence?
    We have No business helping Israel in any way.

    They have been fighting with everyone since the beginning of time.
    And now they want to start the “End Days”

    We need to end our relationship with Israel.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  16. Joi Gibson

    I have a bad feeling Israel will strike Iran and we will be caught up in it. When oh when will Republicans stop itching for war anywhere in the Middle East, or war in general.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • Queef

      It's not all Republicans, but mostly sociopathic, chickenhawk neocon scum.

      March 7, 2012 at 3:37 am | Reply
  17. n

    If Israel wants to attack and not wait till talk resume let them attack but don't drag us into your stupid war while we tax payers have to pay for it.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  18. Diana legg

    I have one simple question for Mr Netanyahu; When is Israel giving up its nuclear program? Lets work towards a nuclear free world not a world where some are allowed weapons of mass destruction and some are not. I agree we do not need another nuclear power, but I am tired of hypocritical world leaders railing against nuclear power for others while accumulating weapons of mass destruction for themselves

    March 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • DrScott622

      The bigger question here is with regards to Israeli ground intelligence. Now Israel is acutely aware of what Iran may or may not have and will act alone if their buttons are pushed. Let's turn the clock back just a bit now. We did not see hide nor hair from Israeli intelligence regarding WMD's in Iraq because they knew they didn't exist, but the more hostile Arab neighbors we killed in Bush's War meant the fewer Arabs that Israelis had to worry about. That means Bush and Bibi are war criminals. Any CIA agent would agree that Israel has the best Middle East intelligence gather because they are surrounded by hostile Arab countries and know their nuts are on the chopping block. They sat back and watched us go to war when they knew WMD's didn't exist and became Bush's get-away driver in Bush's War.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        Highly unlikely. First of all Israel relies on HUMINT just like the US – intel from foreign nationals on the ground. Israel has 0.00 reason to "watch" the US fall on its face in Iraq or anywhere else. They have EVERY reason to help the U.S. in its intel – and I'm sure Israel, the UK and others work to that end. Don't be a conspiracy monger. The intel communities of these nations are close for a reason – and Israel ... with the rare exception ... does not do anything to jeopardize that friendship.

        March 7, 2012 at 12:19 am |
      • DrScott622

        @Tony.....Israeli defense forces were suspiciously quiet as the CIA was building their case for WMD's in Iraq. Let's recall that CIA in Langley is not named after you.....not named after's named after Father Bush whose son was President at the time. Colin Powell was used by the Bush White House to use his then impeccable reputation as a "straight shooter" to sell the world that the cylindrical tubes found had WMD value. Our nations best scientist at Oak Ridge nuclear labs said they had no WMD value.....Powell debriefed on this lack of WMD value sat in front of the UN and sold those lemons to the world. That's no conspiracy theory there! That's fact. Don't think for one minute that the CIA "shares everything" with foreign intell services. Israel didn't jeopardize it's relationship with the CIA and the proof of that was their silence when they knew otherwise.

        March 7, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  19. G. Washington

    bibi is a war criminal and should be brought to justice with a swift trial and then shot!

    March 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • diana legg

      Well said ; I agree entirely

      March 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  20. AR

    For those of you who don't know, Herman Goering was the President of the Reichstag in Nazi Germany.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Thomas

      "Oh a don't forget about Mr.Hitler, he'll get real mad."

      March 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  21. michaelfury

    "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

    – Herman Goering

    March 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • diana

      This is unfortunately true too often; after all, it worked in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq. The only way we can avoid being manipulated by unscrupulous leaders is by remaining informed and educated so we, the people can make informed and intelligent decisions for ourselves. No wonder Rick Santorum has such a fear of educated citizens

      March 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Gloria

        "Rick Santorum has a fear of educated citizens." That statement is not a sign of intelligence- Unless, of course, you keep your intelligence in your knees. 🙂 The problem with speakig of intelligence is each side has its own standard and no one can satisfy both so be careful of the spring back using such subjective language.

        March 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Paul

      If that doesn't work just promise them cheap gasoline in the aftermath of a war.

      March 7, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply

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