Saturday, December 13, 2008


Haaretz - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's administration will offer Israel a "nuclear umbrella" against the threat of a nuclear attack by Iran, a well-placed American source said earlier this week. The source, who is close to the new administration, said the U.S. will declare that an attack on Israel by Tehran would result in a devastating U.S. nuclear response against Iran.=. . .

Secretary of state-designate Hillary Clinton had raised the idea of a nuclear guarantee to Israel during her campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency. During a debate with Obama in April, Clinton said that Israel and Arab countries must be given "deterrent backing." She added, "Iran must know that an attack on Israel will draw a massive response."

Clinton also proposed that the American nuclear umbrella be extended to other countries in the region, like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, if they agree to relinquish their own nuclear ambitions.

According to the same source, the nuclear guarantee would be backed by a new and improved Israeli anti-ballistic missile system. The Bush administration took the first step by deploying an early-warning radar system in the Negev, which hones the ability to detect Iranian ballistic missiles.

Obama said this week that he would negotiate with Iran and would offer economic incentives for Tehran to relinquish its nuclear program. He warned that if Iran refused the deal, he would act to intensify sanctions against the Islamic Republic. . .

"What is the significance of such guarantee when it comes from those who hesitated to deal with a non-nuclear Iran?" asked a senior Israeli security source. "What kind of credibility would this [guarantee have] when Iran is nuclear-capable?"

A senior Bush administration source said that the proposal for an American nuclear umbrella for Israel was ridiculous and lacked credibility. "Who will convince the citizen in Kansas that the U.S. needs to get mixed up in a nuclear war because Haifa was bombed? And what is the point of an American response, after Israel's cities are destroyed in an Iranian nuclear strike?"


At December 13, 2008 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Hill and Bambam so stupid as to think Israel doesn't know this is meaningless jabber? What did the U.S. do when Russia rolled into Georgia? Even nutcases don't start Armageddon over crude political ploys. Iran has no nuclear bomb program. The U.S. knows it and so does Israel but the pretext, for the sake of starving out the Palestinians, continues.

At December 14, 2008 9:28 AM, Anonymous robbie said...

Didn't Hillary say something like this and everybody was all upset? Where are the Dems now to take umbrage?

See, this whole thing is ludicrous anyway. Iran hasn't attacked anyone in 500 years or more. Israel is pushing the notion that should Iran obtain nukes, it's first action will be to nuke Haifa or Tel Aviv. It's nonsense perpetrated by Israel uber alles types. I can't wait for Jews to be outnumbered in Israel and see what's going to happen then.


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