» 08/02/2012, 00.00
ISRAEL - IRAN
Iran attack and the US elections
A former Mossad chief says Iranian should be afraid of the next 12 weeks, i.e. until the next US Presidential election. Panetta tries to convince Netanyahu that sanctions are working. The latter however says that Israel will act on its own. As Romney plays the more reliable ally, Obama is faced with dilemmas. An attack has pros and cons.
23/09/2009 IRAN – ISRAEL – UNITED STATES
Ahmadinejad urges US to see Iran as a potential friend, not a threat
The Iranian president adopts a peaceful tone on the eve of his UN address. This comes a few days after uttering bellicose words concerning his country’s capabilities to repel any attack and Israeli defence chief’s statement that faced with the Iranian threat, “all the options are on the table” for Israel.
04/03/2015 ISRAEL - UNITED STATES - IRAN
For Obama, Netanyahu "didn't offer any viable alternatives" to solving the Iranian nuclear problem
According to the Israeli prime minister, the draft agreement with Tehran paves the way for an Iranian bomb because it relies heavily on international monitoring, when Iran "plays a pretty good game of 'hide and cheat' with UN inspectors". For the White House, the alternative to an agreement is the use of force or new economic sanctions that would not stop the Iranian nuclear programme. The current deal would at least stop it for ten years.
02/06/2009 ISRAEL – UNITED STATES
As Obama travels to the Middle East Israel gets ready for war with Iran
Israel conducts war games and emergency drills involving its population and schools. Its exercises include possible missile attacks from the north and the south. Israeli air force gets ready to block air strikes and missiles from Syria and Iran. Obama is growing impatient with Iran.
16/04/2009 IRAN – UNITED STATES
US open to dialogue but still wants Tehran to stop nuclear programme
Secretary Clinton’s response to Ahmadinejad’s nuclear proposal is conciliatory but firm on Iran’s nuclear programme. US Defence secretary warns Israelis against attacking Iranian nuclear facilities.
22/06/2010 UNITED STATES – IRAN
US military pressure increasing in the Persian Gulf
Some 12 US warships transited through the Suez Canal a few days ago. Three naval squadrons are currently in the region. Forces appear to be in position for a possible attack against Iran’s nuclear sites. Late July and early August could provide a window of opportunity for action. Iran threatens chaos in Saudi Arabia if it is attacked. Economic factors are determining the timing of the crisis.
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