Israel may launch missile strike on Iran, report warns
Paul Woodward, Online Correspondent
Last Updated: March 18. 2009 10:10AM UAE / March 18. 2009 6:10AM GMT A leading foreign policy think tank in Washington said a strike by Israel on Iran will give rise to regional instability and conflict as well as terrorism.
A study by the Center for Strategic and International
During a visit to the
On her blog at Foreign Policy, Laura Rozen reported on US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to
"An Israeli diplomat apprised of
" 'Netanyahu brought up
" 'They both had a perfect excuse not to say anything blunt,' the diplomat continued, 'Until Iran gets through the elections in June, nothing can be done.'...
" 'As for substance, there is no policy, which is more or less in a mild way, something she admitted,' in her meeting with Netanyahu, the diplomat said. 'Again, not in those very words. She was there to let those there understand that the Obama administration is in an exploration phase. You've got to give her credit for one thing. There is nothing new here. The players are the same. The plot is the same. The solutions are the same.' "
The Washington Times reported that a man tipped to become one of Mr Netanyahu's closest advisers is seen as a security risk.
"Uzi Arad, who is expected to serve as national
security adviser in the next Israeli government, has been barred from entering
"Mr Arad, a former member and director of intelligence for the Mossad, Israel's spy service, is mentioned in the indictment of Lawrence Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst who pleaded guilty in 2005 to providing classified information about Iran in a conversation with two employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee...
"The choice of Mr Arad for national security adviser has been reported in the Israeli press and was confirmed by sources close to Mr Netanyahu, who has been tasked with forming the next government."
In a UPI two years ago, Mr Arad was said to advocate
"maximum deterrence" towards
When interviewed on Israel National News TV last year and
asked whether it was time for
Meanwhile, the likely member of Mr Netanyahu's soon to be
formed cabinet who has gained widest international attention is the
ultra-nationalist, Avigdor Lieberman, who is expected to become
"On Sunday, Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party became the prime minister-designate's first official coalition partner," JTA reported.
"The agreement gives Lieberman's hawkish, mainly Russian-immigrant party no less than five ministries - foreign affairs, internal security, infrastructure, tourism and immigrant absorption - as well as Lieberman-approved candidates for justice minister, deputy foreign minister and chair of the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee.
"Some analysts already are calling the emerging government the 'Biberman administration' - a combination of Netanyahu's nickname, Bibi, and Lieberman...
"Lieberman also calls for strengthening executive power
The Los Angeles Times noted: "Lieberman's ascent to
"Although neither proposal is likely to be implemented,
Lieberman's appointment would solidify
"Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, signaled his concern Monday.
" 'We will be ready to do business as usual, normally, with a government in Israel that is prepared to continue talking and working for a two-state solution,' he told reporters in Brussels. 'If that is not the case, the situation would be different.'
"Riad Malki, foreign minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, called the emerging Israeli government 'anti-peace.' Ahmed Tibi, an Israeli Arab member of parliament, called for an international boycott of Lieberman. 'No minister should meet him,' he said, 'especially no Arab minister.' "
The Financial Times said: "If Mr Lieberman is confirmed as foreign minister it would represent Arabs' worst fears about the direction they perceive Israel to be taking: Mr Lieberman is regarded in the Arab world as racist towards Arabs and someone who has no intention of making peace with the Palestinians.
"Arab leaders, due to meet at an Arab League summit at
the end of this month, had already been warning that while an Arab peace
initiative, sponsored by Saudi Arabia, was still on the table it would not
remain there forever. The initiative offers
"Mr Lieberman's appointment would cause particular
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