Publicly, J Street repeatedly states that Halutz is against the drawing of "red lines," that is, the line in the sand beyond which military action against Iran must be taken. There are commentators who crow that Halutz's opposition to red lines reveals a reluctance to use force against Iran, and that it is an explicit criticism of the Israeli prime minister. J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami wrote: "Gen. Halutz has repeatedly said that … there is nothing to be gained from the public calls for deadlines and red lines." But Halutz, who is definitely against red lines, doesn't like them because he thinks they interfere with effective military strategies. Halutz says that Israel may even have to “go it alone.”
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s welcome on the sunny Ipanema beach in Rio was less than warm from an eclectic group of Jews, human rights activists, and homosexuals, who arrived Sunday to protest the Iranian president’s attendance at a UN summit on sustainable development.
The US Senate will consider a new sanctions package against Iran on Thursday, in which oil and economic embargos will be considered in order to force Iran to abandon its nuclear development program. In the meantime, the US and Israel prepare for the possibility of a military strike on Iran.
As unbelievable as it may seem, according to the dismayed Tariq Alhomayed, it appears, "based on the recent statement issued by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton," that the Administration actually believes "that there are signals from Tehran that the Iranians are prepared to bring positive ideas to the table regarding their nuclear program," and those signals are "an Iranian fatwa prohibiting the country from possessing nuclear weapons."
In their book "Nuclear Fatwa: Religion and Politics in Iran's Proliferation Strategy," published September 2011 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (a think tank often described as being pro-Israel), Michael Eisenstadt and Mehdi Khalaji discuss the vital role religion plays in every aspect of Iranian politics, and the realistic prospects that a fatwa might influence nuclear policy.
A law punishing Iranians for trips to Israel has now been made much more severe by the Iranian parliament. Conviction of the crime of travelling to Israel will now hold a jail sentence up to 5 years, 20 times longer than the previous maximum term of 3 months. The original ban, which was imposed by […]