Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert just visited Russia to inform Russian President Vladimir Putin of Israel's intentions in regard to Iran. Here's an excerpt from the CNS report that indicates the gravity of the situation:
Israel is eager to convince Russia, which is helping Iran complete its nuclear reactor in Bushehr, to support international sanctions against Tehran. Russia, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has been dragging its feet on the issue.Little imagination is needed to determine the specifics of what Israel would do.
Israel, the U.S. and Europe believe that Iran is secretly developing a nuclear bomb under cover of its civilian nuclear program. Tehran denies it and Russia backs Iran's right to have nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
Before his trip, Olmert said that Iran represents an "existential threat" to Israel and the world. Israel "cannot countenance" a country like Iran possessing non-conventional capabilities, he said following his meeting with Putin.
"I made it clear that the State of Israel has no margin of error, has no privilege to err. There is no way to prevent nuclear arms, if Iran is not afraid," he said.
The Iranians "need to fear" the consequences if they continue in their nuclear pursuits, Olmert said, adding that he did not discuss specifics of what Israel would or would not do.
The only question is whether Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran before the U.S. mid-term elections in November or only before a new Congress is sworn-in in January.
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Is it a coincidence that Olmert's visit to Russia came as a fleet of American warships arrived in the Persian Gulf?