Tuesday, February 26, 2013

‘Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike’



When he visits Israel next month, US President Barack Obama will tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a “window of opportunity” for a military strike on Iran will open in June, according to an Israeli TV report Monday evening.

Obama will come bearing the message that if diplomatic efforts and sanctions don’t bear fruit, Israel should “sit tight” and let Washington take the stage, even if that means remaining on the sidelines during a US military operation, Channel 10 reported. Netanyahu will be asked to refrain from any military action and keep a low profile, avoiding even the mention of a strike, the report said, citing unnamed officials.

In London Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said an Iran with nuclear weapons was “simply unacceptable” and warned the time limit for a diplomatic solution was running out.

“As we have repeatedly made clear, the window for a diplomatic solution simply cannot remain open forever,” said Kerry, on his first international tour as America’s top diplomat. “But it is open today. It is open now and there is still time, but there is only time if Iran makes the decision to come to the table and to negotiate in good faith.

“We are prepared to negotiate in good faith, in mutual respect, in an effort to avoid whatever terrible consequences could follow failure, and so the choice really is in the hands of the Iranians. And we hope they will make the right choice,” Kerry added.

A fresh round of high-level diplomatic talks were set to begin Tuesday in Kazakhstan — the first since last June’s meeting in Moscow failed to convince Iran to stop enriching uranium to a level close to that used for nuclear warheads. - Full Read: Times Of Israel


Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
The Defense Ministry successfully carried out its first test of the Arrow 3 missile defense interceptor on Monday, firing it into space from a coastal military launch pad in central Israel.

Set to become operational around 2016, the Arrow 3 operates in outer space, traveling at twice the speed of a tank shell to leave the atmosphere.

It is designed to seek out and destroy Iranian Shahab 3 missiles – including any carrying nuclear warheads, as well as other longrange projectiles. Full Read: JPost




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