Ya’alon demands US toughen stance on Iran


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The United States must do more to show Iran it is serious about curtailing its nuclear ambitions because the current pressure is not working, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon said on Thursday.

Ya’alon also fired a warning at the terrorist Hezbollah movement in neighboring Lebanon, saying the Shi’ite group would be crushed if it tried to attack Israel at the behest of Tehran in any future war.

“As long they perceive this, they don’t feel like they are under pressure. That is a pity,” said Ya’alon, who is also Israel’s minister of strategic affairs.

“It is up to the United States to try to change this perception in Iran. This is crucial,” he told Reuters, adding that Iran would top the agenda during Clinton’s visit on July 15 and 16 — her first trip here in almost two years.

Western powers believe Iran is developing technology to build nuclear weapons and have imposed an increasingly tough regime of economic sanctions to make it reverse course.

Iran insists its atomic program is peaceful and has shrugged off the latest round of sanctions, with a European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil taking full effect on July 1.

“We’ve witnessed the impact of the sanctions in Iran, but up until now the regime prefers to suffer rather than give up its military nuclear capabilities,” Ya’alon said, adding that the time had come to introduce “really crippling sanctions.”

Reputed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, Israel has threatened to resort to force if it deems diplomatic and economic means are failing. Ya’alon repeated the threat, but made clear that he thought Washington should lead the way.

“We believe of course that the military option should be the last resort and we believe that someone else should be doing the job. But we should be ready to defend ourselves by ourselves.”

Ya’alon predicts Assad’s impending downfall

A former chief of staff in the IDF, Ya’alon said he was sure Hezbollah would jump to Iran’s aid if hostilities broke out, but predicted it would soon regret any attack.

“Any provocation will be responded to by us, by charging them with such a heavy price that they will ask for a ceasefire,” he said, sitting in the sun-filled gardens of the King David Hotel in central Jerusalem.

Some Israeli officials have worried that Hezbollah, which is estimated to have thousands of missiles ready to rain across the border, might start trouble with Israel to divert attention from the woes besetting its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Ya’alon did not see such a threat and thought that Assad was doomed to lose the violent power struggle gripping Syria.
“We are not sure when it will happen, but it will happen. From day to day we have witnessed an acceleration of the process as a result of the power that the opposition has succeeded in gaining,” he said.

  1. #1 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on July 13, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    No War for Israel in Iran – Do The Right Thing!

  2. #2 by ruby22-kate on July 13, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    This is all propaganda. Israel & usa are the ones provoking war. That is the day to day accelerating of the process.

    Obama needs to get a handle on the zionist pressure. He should’nt waste another day pandering to outside interests. Sure he wants to be reelected, but for what? So he can kissass for another four years?

  3. #3 by Llyn Kidner-Williams on July 14, 2012 - 8:32 am

    Ya’alon demands……..so bloody what? Tell this little piece of crap to go to hell and take his nasty little country with him and that there will be no more money of any kind coming from the west, Time to send in NATO and take them out of there. Ship them back to where they arrived from at their own expense and those who do not want to leave can go live in Biribizhian where the rest of their Bolshevik criminal ancestors live. It would be of benefit to S. America also. There are far too many Israeli criminal Jews in South America causing all kinds of mayhem as well as in Trinidad, and Islands in close proximity to S. America. Polynesia is also in danger from these criminals also. It is time to shut them down once and for all.

  4. #4 by Llyn Kidner-Williams on July 14, 2012 - 8:58 am

    By the way, has anyone else noticed how ridiculous the Israeli uniforms are becoming. Take a look at Ya’alon’s shoulders; are those “stars, etc., that show his rank that are backed by that awful color of red supposed represent Blood because that is exactly what it looks like and I do not think I have ever seen this type of cynister looking shoulder ranking before ……. they are becoming truly the Nazis as their AshkeNazi name signifies. The Red Cross in 1973 informed the UN that the total number of people who had died in the “Concentration Camps” were 257,300 and that the majority had died of typhoid fever at the end of the war. Time for a Scientific Enquiry to get to the bottom of this question because of what Israel has done with the blackmailing of the entire world over the Holocaust and the money, country and killing of innocent people that resulted because of it.

  5. #5 by Jung Gehr on July 16, 2012 - 1:01 am

    Now we fully understand why Adolf wanted to get rid of the jews,but not only Adolf had had enough of them , through history of mankind many kings of differrent countries kicked the jews out.No one is borned anti semite , the zionist crimes push a normal person to become one,it’s a normal and fully understandable reaction !!

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