Israel and its benefactors step up the rhetoric against Iran.

Israel is attacking the IAEA’s El Baradei over his statements aimed at cooling off the world against Iran’s nuclear program.  El Baradei seems to be wanting to allow diplomacy to take hold, while the US and Israel seem to want to head for military action against Iran.  El Baradei is going up against some powerful people and states and things could become very difficult for him if he continues to stand in the way of intelligence fabrications.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5ipBrHkNFsmnN9cDHCwFhBewl4t_QThe Jerusalem Post reported on the situation thusly:

“The latest warnings over the Iranian nuclear threat follow the public criticism of International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Monday by Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovitch.”

“Addressing the Saban Forum in Jerusalem, Abramovitch said that instead of helping to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear potential, the UN body was an obstacle to such efforts. The IAEA provided an excuse to states that preferred not to join the international community’s efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran, he said.”

“The timing of the current Israeli diplomatic offensive is no coincidence.”

“Later this month, the IAEA is scheduled to present a periodic report to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.”

“Based largely on this report, the Security Council will decide whether to back a third round of sanctions on Iran. Two permanent Security Council members, Russia and China, have so far refused to endorse stepped-up sanctions.”

“Sources in Jerusalem told The Jerusalem Post that another rosy report from ElBaradei, stressing Iranian cooperation and the need for more time, could give Moscow and Beijing an excuse to block a further round of sanctions.”

“Jerusalem believes that the current sanctions are effective but are not enough to persuade Teheran to stop pursuing its nuclear ambitions.”

“Israeli sources suspect that ElBaradei may want to prevent war at any cost, saying that he is very influenced by what happened in Iraq. His warnings before the second Gulf war that Baghdad did not possess weapons of mass destruction failed to prevent a military conflict.”

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1192380749027Angela Merkel told a group of Jews that she feels it her moral duty to protect Israel from Iran etc.  That’s just fine and dandy and all, but who feels it their moral duty to protect Palestinians?

The war rhetoric train which will justify a military attack on Iran in the eyes of the public (in other words, manufacturing consent for war).

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