Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to
Remake the Middle East
Journalist Jonathan Cook explores
Israel's key role in persuading the Bush administration to invade
Iraq, as part of a plan to remake the Middle East, and their joint
determination to isolate Iran and prevent it from acquiring nuclear
weapons that might rival Israel's own. This concise and clearly
argued book makes the case that Israel's desire to be the sole
regional power in the Middle East neatly chimes with Bush's
objectives in the "war on terror". Examining a host of related
issues, from the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to the role of Big
Oil and the demonization of the Arab world, Cook argues that the
current chaos in the Middle East is the objective of the Bush
administration---a policy that is equally beneficial to Israel.
Israel’s leader is gearing up for a visit to Washington amid growing tensions with Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran’s nuclear program will top the agenda when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama March 5 at the White House.
Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu referred to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday that showed that Iran has sharply increased uranium enrichment.
He said the report is “unequivocal proof” of what Israel has been saying all along: that Iran is moving “quickly and unchecked" toward nuclear weapons, in defiance of the international community.
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but Israel and the West believe Iran is building nuclear weapons. Israel sees that as a threat to its existence and has threatened to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, if Western diplomacy fails.
The United States opposes military action, and it has sent senior officials to Israel during the past month to urge it to give sanctions on Iran more time. But Israeli leaders are not convinced.
Cabinet Minister Yuval Steinitz welcomed the tightening sanctions and said they are starting to bite, but he expressed doubt they will be enough to stop Iran’s quest for the atom bomb.
President Obama is expected to urge Prime Minister Netanyahu not to attack Iran. But Israel is not making any promises. Officials here say they are grateful for American military aid and political support, but they say that when it comes to Israel’s security and survival, its decisions are its own.
- HOLY, MOLLY - Cyrus and that part of Iranian-Jews History keep echoing, resonating, reverberating.... They want to attack their old homeland Yahudieh (literally meaning Jewish quarter, the village that gave rise to Esfahan, after the advent of Islam, where they settled down after their migration from Egypt -Exodus)?!? -Roya Monajem, Tehran
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- Israeli Iran attack? What goes around comes around
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- As US and Iran Confront Each other, where is the Diplomacy?
- Former Officials Call for President Obama to Reinvigorate Iran Diplomacy
- Russia and India concerned about sanctions against Iran
- Iran Remains The Main Target Of The Presidential Candidates' Televised Debates On Foreign Policy Issues
- A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Blessing In Disguise
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- Iranians condemn threats of military attack against Iran
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- No benefit for United States in attacking Iran
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