Monday, September 17, 2007
Al-Manar Special - Hasan Hijazi - Translated
"17/09/2007 Beating the drums of war or raising the tone before negotiations?
What is the US and Israel up to after accusing Syria of seeking to possess nuclear arms? Are the allies preparing a file for Syria similar to the Iraqi file of weapons of mass destruction? Did Tel Aviv and Washington, according to former US envoy John Bolton, deliver a message to Iran more than it did to Syria after Israel's violation to Syria's airspace? The remaining question is: which country will the US-Israeli attack target first, Syria or Iran?
"This is John Bolton we are talking about. He has strong ties with US intelligence services. Bolton had warned against the nuclear bond between North Korea and Syria. When we asked him about this, he told us that a military strike against Iran is inevitable to stop its nuclear program," Israeli Channel 10 correspondent in Washington, Gil Timari said. In the same context, Israel broke its silence as to its aerial assault inside Syria. Amos Yedlin, the Israeli military intelligence chief, said that Israel's force of deterrence had been restored recently after it was dealt a serious blow during the 2006 war against Lebanon. Israeli commentators explained Yedlin's comments as implicit acknowledgment of the Israeli air violation which they said conveyed a message to Iran and Syria.
"Iran will continue what it had begun and Israel cannot wait for anyone to do the job for it, therefore it has to move to stop this in every possible way," former Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom said. For his part military analyst Yu'av Limor said that Israel had announced on many occasions that it will not allow any country in the Middle East to possess nuclear weapons, adding that Israel proved this when it attacked the Iraqi nuclear reactor. Limor concluded that "the attack against Syria" was a message to Iran that Israel will not let it possess nuclear weapons, especially when economic sanctions "will not divert Iran from its nuclear ambitions," according to Limor."