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Israel’s Lieberman In US For Talks On Iran – OpEd


By Andrei Ptashnikov

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is paying an official visit to the U.S.

These kind of meetings between Israeli and US officials usually indicate that the allies are about to make an important decision. It is evident that now Mr. Lieberman has arrived in Washington to discuss Iran as they believe this is where major threats to US and Israeli national security are coming from. Their policy towards Tehran is getting even tougher, with Israel even considering an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, approximately in April or May.

Meanwhile, Washington comes up only with tough economic sanctions against Tehran. On Tuesday President Obama ordered a freeze on all Iranian government and financial institutions` assets that are under US jurisdiction. Despite this, the White House stressed that it opposed the use of force in trying to settle the Iranian issue. Mr. Obama elaborated on his position in an interview with NBC.

US troops in Afghanistan was mentioned on purpose. If the US undertakes a military campaign against Iran, it would be easier and cheaper to dispatch their Afghan troops to the area. And this will be possible immediately after the Israeli air forces are ‘blessed’ by the US to carry out a rocket strike on Tehran. Israel will be supported by U.S. warships currently staying in the Gulf.

This is how a new war in the Middle East is likely to begin. Unfortunately, such possibility cannot be excluded. One thing is clear: Tel-Aviv will never attack Iran without receiving permission from Washington. Meanwhile, the White House seems to be calculating the consequences. After all, now that the presidential campaign is in full swing, any wrong decision may cost Obama his job.

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