Editorial - Israel draws a hard line on Iran
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 07:09
Israel has drawn the line – in bright red marker – when it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United Nations in an address Thursday that allowing the "medieval" regime in Iran access to nuclear weaponry would create a situation in which rampant terrorism is unavoidable.
"The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb," Netanyahu said.
"The relevant question is, at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb?
The red line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target."
U.S. foreign relations with both countries have been strained in the past, but President Obama has made it clear that he does not yet feel military interference in Iran is necessary to address the issue.
The sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Iran, however, have not been enough to curb Iran’s "enthusiasm" in garnering enough enriched uranium to pose a global threat – at least, according to Netanyahu.
The geopolitical climate in Iran and Israel can serve to highlight some of the major concerns of U.S. foreign policy.
America has, in
intervening abroad in the past, created a precedent that cannot be easily undone.
How can U.S. policymakers effectively argue against taking action instances that may involve terrorism efforts when it has made more
aggressive decisions in the past?
The relations between Israel and Iran have been less than friendly since the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s.
Iran has severed all diplomatic and commercial ties with Israel and has formally refused to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign state, preferring to refer to it as a "Zionist Regime."
Tensions between the two nations have only heightened since the election of Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in 2005.
While this issue has made excellent fodder for political campaigns this election cycle,
it’s important to remember that the problem will still exist after November has come and gone.
The question is, who will end up picking up the pieces and how?