Saturday, November 19, 2011

‘No responsible leader of Iran would dare not to have the bomb’

Despite the media buzz about a possible war between Israel and Iran, a military conflict between the two countries is unlikely, says Uri Avnery, Israeli peace activist and former parliament member.

America will not allow Israel attack Iran, even if the Israeli cabinet wants to, because Iran would perceive an Israeli attack as an American attack and respond accordingly, he told RT.

“Israel cannot conduct any major military operation without the prior consent of the United States. We need American arms, we need spare parts, we need ammunition. We need, if the war continues, support from America. America will not let us attack Iran,” the activist believes.

The hype over the possibility of war works in several ways, Avnery believes. It facilitates implementation of more international sanctions against Iran, which allows American and European leaders to show their voters that they are doing something about the problem. It puts leverage on Iran. And it helps the Israeli government draw public attention away from domestic social tension, which is a major threat to the cabinet. But the sanctions will not stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

“Sanctions may slow it down, but if a country decides to have a nuclear bomb for its own self-defense at any price, then sanctions will not help. Sanctions are just a pretext for the United States and Europe not to do anything,” he explained.

Iran does need to have an effective deterrent to guard against attack. However, the threat comes not from Israel, but rather from America, the activist points out. more