August 16, 2012 | 2:00 am
Veteran US diplomat Dennis Ross talks to Al Monitor about Israel’s motives in being so public about a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
It is not so much the case that in X number of days suddenly Israel is facing what Ehud Barak calls the “zone of immunity.” The longer time goes on, certainly from Barak’s perspective, the less impact any Israeli military operation is likely to have. And so, he is, I think, looking at this from already feeling that the accumulation of [low- enriched uranium], the proliferation of facilities, the hardening of those facilities, the combination of these factors are rendering an Israeli military option less and less effective as time goes by.
Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Weekly Standard explains how the Iranians have shot themselves in the foot in dealing with the rest of the world on their nuclear aspirations.
Khamenei has now forced the Americans and the Europeans to default to more sanctions, which will convulse ever-larger sections of Iran’s energy industry. What was unthinkable in Europe 10 years ago, when the Islamic Republic’s clandestine nuclear program at Natanz was revealed by an Iranian opposition group, has come to pass: It’s now conceivable the Europeans will back non-U.N.-mandated sanctions against Iran that will rival the restrictions imposed on Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
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