Israel said today US president-elect Barack Obama’s stated readiness to talk to Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness in efforts to persuade Tehran to curb its nuclear programme.
"We live in a neighbourhood in which sometimes dialogue — in a situation where you have brought sanctions, and you then shift to dialogue — is liable to be interpreted as weakness," foreign minister Tzipi Livni said, asked on Israel Radio about policy change toward Tehran in an Obama administration.
Her remarks sounded the first note of dissonance with Mr Obama by a senior member of the Israeli government since the Democrat’s sweeping victory over Republican candidate John McCain in the US presidential election on Tuesday.
Asked if she supported any US dialogue with Iran, Ms Livni replied: "The answer is no." …
The West believes Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme is aimed at building atomic weapons, an allegation the Islamic Republic denies.
Israel, believed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal, has said Iran’s nuclear programme is a threat to its existence and that it was keeping all options on the table to stop it.
Opmerking There we go again..Israel en Bush cs hebben altijd geweigerd met Iran te onderhandelen zonder het voldoen – uiteraard alleen door Iran – aan vooraf gestelde voorwaarden. Dit is, historisch bewezen, een heilloze benadering.