So Israel, who finally admits having nuclear weapons and therefore is not the helpless nation shaking in fear before its neighbors, is now threatening to launch a nuclear attack against Iran, which does not have nuclear weapons, because Israel thinks that since Israel lied about having nuclear weapons all these years, Iran must be lying too, even though Iran has gone along with all the inspections by the IAEA.
This is called "projection"; accusing others of the crimes one is guilty of to deflect criticism and punishment
Because there is only one nuclear-armed party to this confrontation, and that is Israel, planning an unprovoked attack against another nation.
Side note: Nuclear "Bunker busters" did not exist prior to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Therefore, for Israel to possess those weapons now means one of two things.
1. Israel has one or more nuclear weapons manufacturing facilities.
2. Israel has been engaging in illegal arms transfers involving weapons of mass destruction.
Take your pick.
Note how every single story repeats the long-refuted LIE about what Iran's leader said about Israel ...
Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran
Uzi Mahnaimi, New York and Sarah Baxter, Washington
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.
Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” said one of the sources.
The plans, disclosed to The Sunday Times last week, have been prompted in part by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad’s assessment that Iran is on the verge of producing enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons within two years.
Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock. However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.
Israeli and American officials have met several times to consider military action. Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack.
Some analysts warned that Iranian retaliation for such a strike could range from disruption of oil supplies to the West to terrorist attacks against Jewish targets around the world.
Israel has identified three prime targets south of Tehran which are believed to be involved in Iran’s nuclear programme:
Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges are being installed for uranium enrichment
A uranium conversion facility near Isfahan where, according to a statement by an Iranian vice-president last week, 250 tons of gas for the enrichment process have been stored in tunnels
A heavy water reactor at Arak, which may in future produce enough plutonium for a bomb
Israeli officials believe that destroying all three sites would delay Iran’s nuclear programme indefinitely and prevent them from having to live in fear of a “second Holocaust”.
The Israeli government has warned repeatedly that it will never allow nuclear weapons to be made in Iran, whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has declared that “Israel must be wiped off the map”. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0
Israel plans to attack Iran nuke site
January 7, 2007 - 10:54AM
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said.
Citing what it said were several Israeli military sources, the paper said two Israeli air force squadrons had been training to blow up an enrichment plant in Natanz using low-yield nuclear "bunker busters".
Two other sites, a heavy water plant at Arak and a uranium conversion plant at Isfahan, would be targeted with conventional bombs, the Sunday Times said.
The UN Security Council voted unanimously last month to slap sanctions on Iran to try to stop uranium enrichment that Western powers fear could lead to making bombs. Tehran insists its plans are peaceful and says it will continue enrichment.
Israel has refused to rule out pre-emptive military action against Iran along the lines of its 1981 air strike against an atomic reactor in Iraq, though many analysts believe Iran's nuclear facilities are too much for Israel to take on alone.
The newspaper said the Israeli plan envisaged conventional laser-guided bombs opening "tunnels" into the targets. Nuclear warheads would then be fired into the plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce radioactive fallout.
Israeli pilots have flown to Gibraltar in recent weeks to train for the 3,200 km round-trip to the Iranian targets, the Sunday Times said, and three possible routes to Iran have been mapped out including one over Turkey.
However it also quoted sources as saying a nuclear strike would only be used if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene. Disclosure of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, the paper added.
Washington has said military force remains an option while insisting that its priority is to reach a diplomatic solution.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map". Israel, widely believed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, has said it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. http://www.smh.com.au/news/World/Israel-plans-to-attack-Iran-nuke-site/2007/01/07/1168104855821.html#
ISRAEL PLANS NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN, CLAIM
LONDON, Jan 7 (NNN-KUNA) -- Israel has drawn up "secret plans" to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, according to a claim here Sunday. Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", several Israeli military sources told the Sunday Times newspaper.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. http://www.namnewsnetwork.org/read.php?id=18566
Israel denies planning attack on Iran's nuclear facilities
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Sunday January 7, 2007
Tel Aviv/Tehran- Israel vehemently denied Sunday a report
by a British newspaper which claimed that it plans to attack Iran's
uranium enrichment facilities using nuclear weapons.
According to the report quoting Israeli military sources, two
Israel Air Force squadrons are training to blow up an enrichment
plant at Natanz, around 220 kilometres south-east of Tehran, using
"bunker buster" nuclear bombs. Two other sites would also be hit with
"As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one
strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished," one of
the Israeli military sources told the newspaper.
However, labelling the report as "incorrect," Israeli Foreign
Ministry spokesman Mark Regev told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that
"Israel supports 100 per cent the efforts of the international
community, via the United Nations Security Council, to stop Iran's
(Riiiiiiiiight. That's why they and their American allies have impeded serious diplomatic measures every step of the way. That's because, as was the case with Iraq, Israel and the US 'Neo-Cons' planned this invasion before being installed to power in DC. It's not about nuclear power. It's just their feigned 'justification' for a war they see as inevitable.)
The nuclear weapons would be used only if an attack with
conventional weapons was ruled out and the US decided not to
intervene, the Sunday Times report said.
Meanwhile in Tehran, Iran once again vowed retaliation in case of
a military attack by Israel against its nuclear sites.
"Any attack against Iran would not remain without a decisive reply
and any aggressor would quickly regret its action," Iranian Foreign
Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in a press briefing.
Tehran has always claimed its nuclear programme is for purely
peaceful purposes but Israel and Western countries such as the US
believe the Islamic state is intent on building nuclear weapons.
Israel has repeatedly called for Iran's nuclear drive to be
halted, fearing that any Iranian nuclear weapons would be used
against it, given President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's frequent calls for
the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.
Last month the UN Security Council voted to impose sanctions on
Tehran over its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.
© 2006 - dpa German Press Agency
(In other words, they don't deny the plan really. They just don't want anyone talking about it.) http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Israel_denies_planning_attack_on_Ir_01072007.html
Israel has plans for nuclear strike on Iran: paper Sat Jan 6, 6:22 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with 'tactical' nuclear weapons, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said.
Citing what it said were several Israeli military sources, the paper said two Israeli air force squadrons had been training to blow up an enrichment plant in Natanz using low-yield nuclear "bunker busters." http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070106/ts_nm/iran_nuclear_israel_dc
TBR News January 5, 2007
Americans owe a debt to former President Jimmy Carter for speaking long hidden but vital truths. His book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid breaks the taboo barring criticism in the United States of Israel's discriminatory treatment of Palestinians. Our government's tacit acceptance of Israel's unfair policies causes global hostility against us.
Israel's friends have attacked Carter, a Nobel laureate who has worked tirelessly for Middle East peace, even raising the specter of anti-Semitism. Genuine anti-Semitism is abhorrent. But exploiting the term to quash legitimate criticism of another system of racial oppression, and to tarnish a principled man, is indefensible. Criticizing Israeli government policies - a staple in Israeli newspapers - is no more anti-Semitic than criticizing the Bush administration is anti-American.
The word apartheid typically evokes images of former South Africa, but it also refers to any institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another. Carter applies the term only to Israel's rule of the occupied Palestinian territories, where it has established more than 200 Jewish-only settlements and a network of roads and other services to support them. These settlements violate international law and the rights of Palestinian property owners. Carter maintains that "greed for land," not racism, fuels Israel's settlement drive. He is only partially right.
Israel is seizing land and water from Palestinians for Jews. Resources are being transferred, under the guns of Israel's military occupation, from one disempowered group - Palestinian Christians and Muslims - to another, preferred group - Jews. That is racism, pure and simple.
Moreover, there is abundant evidence that Israel discriminates against Palestinians elsewhere. The "Israeli Arabs" - about 1.4 million Palestinian Christian and Muslim citizens who live in Israel - vote in elections. But they are a subordinated and marginalized minority. The Star of David on Israel's flag symbolically tells Palestinian citizens: "You do not belong." Israel's Law of Return grants rights of automatic citizenship to Jews anywhere in the world, while those rights are denied to 750,000 Palestinian refugees who were forced or fled in fear from their homes in what became Israel in 1948.
Israel's Basic Law of Human Dignity and Liberty establishes the state as a "Jewish democracy" although 24 percent of the population is non-Jewish. Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, counted 20 laws that explicitly privilege Jews over non-Jews.
The government favors Jews over Palestinians in the allocation of resources. Palestinian children in Israel attend "separate and unequal" schools that receive a fraction of the funding awarded to Jewish schools, according to Human Rights Watch. Many Palestinian villages, some predating the establishment of Israel, are unrecognized by the government, do not appear on maps, and thus receive no running water, electricity, or access roads. Since 1948, scores of new communities have been founded for Jews, but none for Palestinians, causing them severe residential overcrowding.
Anti-Arab bigotry is rarely condemned in Israeli public discourse, in which Palestinians are routinely construed as a "demographic threat." Palestinians in Israel's soccer league have played to chants of "Death to Arabs!" Israeli academic Daniel Bar-Tal studied 124 Israeli school texts, finding that they commonly depicted Arabs as inferior, backward, violent, and immoral. A 2006 survey revealed that two-thirds of Israeli Jews would refuse to live in a building with an Arab, nearly half would not allow a Palestinian in their home, and 40 percent want the government to encourage emigration by Palestinian citizens. Last March, Israeli voters awarded 11 parliamentary seats to the Israel Beitenu Party, which advocates drawing Israel's borders to exclude 500,000 of its current Palestinian citizens.
Some say that Palestinian citizens in Israel enjoy better circumstances than those in surrounding Arab countries. Ironically, white South Africans made identical claims to defend their version of apartheid, as is made clear in books such as Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull.
Americans are awakening to the costs of our unconditional support of Israel. We urgently need frank debate to chart policies that honor our values, advance our interests, and promote a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. It is telling that it took a former president, immune from electoral pressures, to show the way.
The debate should now be extended. Are Israel's founding ideals truly consistent with democracy? Can a state established in a multiethnic milieu be simultaneously "Jewish" and "democratic"? Isn't strife the predictable yield of preserving the dominance of Jews in Israel over a native Palestinian population? Does our unconditional aid merely enable Israel to continue abusing Palestinian rights with impunity, deepening regional hostilities and distancing peace? Isn't it time that Israel lived by rules observed in any democracy - including equal rights for all?
George Bisharat (email@example.com
) is a professor of law at University of California Hastings College of the Law. He writes frequently on law and politics in the Middle East.
Democrats: Nuclear Iran unacceptable
By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position. The Maryland Democrat said the view is shared by his party, rejecting assertions that the Democrats would be weaker than the Republicans on Iran.
He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option.
(Even though there is absolutely no evidence to support the allegations by the Extremists demanding an aggressive attack on the sovereign nation of Iran.)
Hoyer, second only in the hierarchy of the House of Representatives to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is charged with articulating and strategizing on party policy. He spoke to the Post on Thursday, the opening day of the 110th Congress, after making an appearance at the National Jewish Democratic Council reception honoring the six new Jewish members of Congress.
The council gathering was one of scores of events on Capitol Hill held to celebrate the start of the new session.
Hoyer is considered close to the Jewish community and many Israel supporters have hailed his elevation in the House.
He was one of the few non-Jewish lawmakers to attend the council reception.
Hoyer said the Democrats' position, like that of the Bush administration, was that preventing a nuclear-armed Iran had to be done through "discussions, negotiations, sanctions." Hoyer added that the US needed to work with the international community to block Teheran's nuclear ambitions.
(But their 'ambition' is to meet their energy needs by building nuclear power stations. That's it.)
At the same time, Hoyer said the use of force hadn't been taken off the table.
"I've not ruled that out," he said, but added, "It's not an option we want to consider until we know there is no other option."• http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1167467674368&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
Hoyer and Dems Set Stage for Iran Attack
Sunday January 07th 2007, 10:54 am
It only took Steny Hoyer a few hours to please his masters.
“Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position. The Maryland Democrat said the view is shared by his party, rejecting assertions that the Democrats would be weaker than the Republicans on Iran…. He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option.”
Some may think the word “masters” is a bit too strident. But regular readers of this blog realize both parties are essentially controlled by AIPAC, a well documented fact, and AIPAC is a front for the racist Likud and Kadima parties in Israel.
“AIPAC works closely with leaders on both sides of the aisle, each deeply committed to strengthening the bonds between the United States and Israel. No matter who wins the upcoming elections, AIPAC is confident that Congress will continue to support a strong Israel and a strong relationship between the United States and its most reliable ally in the Middle East,” an AIPAC statement declared last November.
AIPAC “has been particularly aggressive in lobbying for war with Iran, a war that polls show the US public strongly opposes,” explains Conn Hallinan for the Asia Times, not that Steny Hoyer and the Democrats give a whit about what the American people want. It is “impossible to talk about Congress’s relationship to Israel without highlighting AIPAC, the American Jewish community’s most important voice on the Hill,” adds Ari Berman, writing for the Nation.
“I have worked with AIPAC for many years. They are a very successful, strong, and committed organization and do a tremendous job advocating for the important US-Israel relationship,” Hoyer boasted in 2004, a “relationship” that has resulted in the mass murder of 560,000 Iraqis.
If you doubt this “relationship” has anything to do with Iraq, consider Philip Zelikow, Bush crime family insider. “I’ll tell you what I think the real threat (is) and actually has been since 1990—it’s the threat against Israel,” Zelikow admitted. Naturally, this went virtually unreported in the corporate media.
Supporting Israel—or rather supporing continued war for Israel—has its perks, as this chart demonstrates.
Back to Steny Hoyer, the caporegime for AIPAC and the warmongers in Israel. “Hoyer has made a point of promoting bipartisan support of Israel, has urged freshmen lawmakers to join the numerous congressional delegations to Israel he has led, and has isolated Democrats who have been strongly critical of the Jewish state,” in other words Democrats who represent the American people, who in large numbers not only want the United States out of Iraq but oppose an attack against Iran.
Finally, in regard to the shell game underway on the Iraq “war,” we are told “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said newly empowered Democrats will not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq, hinting they could deny funding if he seeks additional troops,” according to the Associated Press.
Steny Hoyer to the rescue: “When asked about the possibility of cutting off funds, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer declined to say whether Democrats might do so, saying only that the current strategy clearly is ‘not working’ (translation, Democrats want a new management team with their members prominently featured).”
Pelosi, who likes to attend AIPAC annual meetings and deliver glowing speeches, said “her party favors increased the overall size of the Army by 30,000 and Marines by 20,000 ‘to make sure we are able to protect the American people,’” although she did not explain how using such troops to invade impoverished Arab countries protects the American people. http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=712
So we can now see beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no fundamental difference between the Repugnicans or the Democrats. Both are beholden to exactly the same corrupting interests, and plan to betray the American people.)
The Mossad in the CIA
January 3, 2007
by Nicole Bagley
It might be of public interest to know that a significant number of Israeli Mossad agents are now working in the United States as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. These agents, some of whom are listed below, are initially paid by the Israeli Embassy in Washington but Israel then bills the U.S. Government for the salaries and is reimbursed in full on a monthly basis.
Here is a partial listing of identified Mossad agents (as of 1 January, 2007) along with their dates of birth and salaries. They do not have American Social Security numbers and do not pay American taxes. http://tbrnews.org/Archives/a2608.htm#005
WHO IS SENDING YOUR CHILDREN OFF TO DIE IN WAR? http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/offtowar.html
FACT SHEET: U.S. SANCTIONS LAWS RELATED TO FOREIGN POLICY http://www.burmalibrary.org/reg.burma/archives/199709/msg00229.html
Sections 821 and 824 mandate sanctions against any person determined to have helped a non-nuclear-weapon state acquire nuclear material or devices. The sanctions prohibit any such person from bidding on U.S. federal government procurement or from dealing in federal bonds.
Section 825 prohibits the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) from providing credits to any country that helps a non-nuclear-weapon state acquire nuclear devices or materials.
The law also amends the Arms Export Control Act in a number of ways. It prohibits U.S. government sales of munitions and defense services to countries violating nuclear non-proliferation agreements. It prohibits foreign aid to any country that receives or delivers to another country nuclear enrichment materials or technology without proper safeguards or that attempts to export illegally from the United States anything used to make nuclear weapons. It also requires a number of sanctions against both sides in a transfer of nuclear devices, components, or designs from any country to a non-nuclear-weapon country.