Pres. Obama prepares for a big meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Jessica Yellin reports.
In the past, I have oftentimes reiterated that the Islamic Republic is vehemently opposed to nuclear weapons on religious grounds, with Ayatollahs Khomenei in the past and Khamenei presently publicly condemning them time and again. Recently, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi made the following statement, while attending a UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Switzerland: “We look for a Middle East region free of nuclear weapons. There is, unfortunately, one country that holds nuclear weapons and remains outside the NPT [nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] while its nuclear installations are not under the safeguards of the IAEA”. All the while, Israel’s leadership is trying to coax the U.S. into backing a unilateral attack on Iran . . . Iran’s English-language propaganda broadcaster Press TV reports that ‘Israeli official say they will not alert the US if they decide to launch a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities amid growing war threats against Tehran. An unnamed US intelligence official said Israelis argue that if they keep Washington in the dark, it is unlikely that the US would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel’s potential assault. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak have delivered the message to senior US officials who have visited Israel, the Associated Press reported’. Meanwhile, on Friday, 1 March, Iranians were once again casting their ballots in nationwide elections. Press TV indicates that the ‘[l]eader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says a high turnout of the Iranian nation in the 9th Majlis elections will play an effective role in maintaining Iran’s security and prestige. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks after casting his vote for the 9th parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran on Friday [, 1 March 2012]. The Leader emphasized that voting is a duty to be fulfilled and a right of all the Iranian people’.