US Swerves from Backing Israel’s Call to Target Iran

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Arutz Sheva
November 8, 2010

U.S. Defense Secetary Robert Gates Monday outrightly rejected visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s call for a “credible” military threat to Iran in order to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power.

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Several hours earlier, Vice President Joe Biden welcomed Prime Minister Netanyahu with the standard promise of “unswerving support” for Israel’s security. Referring to the impasse between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Vice President reportedly told him, “Agreement or not, our commitment to your security is unconditional and complete.”

The Prime Minister told the vice president, “Sanctions are important. They are increasing pressure on Iran. But so far there has not been any change in the behavior of Iran and upgrading of international pressure is necessary,” according to Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.

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Gates, who is visiting Australia, quickly responded, arguing that “the sanctions are biting more deeply than they anticipated, and we are working very hard at this. So I would disagree that only a credible military threat can get Iran to take the actions it needs to end its nuclear weapons program.” Last year, Gates encouraged Arab nations to stockpile arms to discourage Iran’s nuclear sanctions.

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