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April 27th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Will Israel act against Iran's growing threat?

(CNN) – As President Obama makes a new push for peace in the Middle East, concern is growing about the threat Iran poses in the region and what Israel is prepared to do to about.

Iran is expected to be a major topic when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Defense Secretary Robert Gates meet today at the Pentagon. Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning about Iran's growing threat and Israel's reaction to it.

Filed under: Iran • World
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  1. Mike M.

    Loki B.
    You huff and you puff like any other Republican at a tea party but in the end with all of what you say, I don't see you coming up with any sane, peaceful answer for the American people. I accentuate the word peaceful. We have always been a tsociety that has let someone else fire the first shot. My only opinion is we will play our offensive cards when our government sees what the game is. Until then, it's only speculation.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  2. miki`

    loki B.
    all what you say is essentially correct save for the sisue of israel kicking out the paelstinians. no-one kicked anyone out.
    go back into the real history and see how israel came to return to the land in the 18 and 19 and 20th century. world bodies in authority then approved the jewish return to their national homeland, and the nazi massacres and murders of the second world war, only gave more immediacy to the establishment of the state of israel. with regard to iran and the nuclear threat, you seem to indicate that israel will use nuclear weapons to beat irans attempt to finish its development of the bomb. i dont concurr. israel will use convntional weapons so long as it is not attacked with nuclear bombs. the motto going around israel right now is that its better to bomb iran now than to get bombed by iran later.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  3. Loki B

    The ignorance of the American public infuriates me...Will someone, please explain to me why a country like Iran needs a nuclear program? Their insistances that it is for "peaceful purposes" contradicts Iranian leaders claim. Ironically, the Israelis used very similar political games in the fifties and sixties in their quest to attain a nuclear option, and succeeded. The only difference being that at no time did Israel threaten the existence of another nation.

    One could argue that Israel's very existence is flawed and that the Palestinian peoples were unjustly moved from their land. In some respects, that is true. But most of you need to brush up on your history, as the Arabs living in Palestine were not one consoldiated group, and many individual Arab land owners sold the land to new Jewish settlers.

    Lastly, for those ignorant enough to believe that this is all talk, well, not a lot can be said. The Iranians are determined to get a nuke, the Israelis just as determined to stop them. Of course, for Israel war with Iran means war with Iran, Hizbollah, Hamas and most likely Syria. Thats a lot to bite off even for the strongest military power in the region, especially considering the fact that the U.S. is no longer the global police force it was under Bush Jr.

    People, pay attention to the signs...this is a valid threat. The specifics of what the actual threat can be varies. It could escalate to a nuclear war, which in turn would lead to a third world war. In all honesty, the biggest issue here is if Iran succeeds, who will have justification to stop the next county that wants a nuclear option??

    April 29, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  4. ronvan

    Give me a break! If you think that Isreal won't reduce Iran to a parking lot if given the opportunity then you had better pinch yourself! THEY will wait until all other efforts & countries have tried to change Iran and when that fails THEY will make their decision and will not care about what others say or think! In fact there are probably some countries that would be celebrating, behind closed doors, if they did!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  5. 4335

    Vshar: I ll try my best to honestly answer your second question. Your first one is also very interesting but I lack sufficient knowledge to answer it decently.

    Question is : does Israel have a right to defend itself?

    Attacking Iran would not be an act of defense but a pure and simple offensive. They do have a right to defend themselves but so does Iran for that matter. It s not because something is considered a threat that you need to eliminate it systematically.

    The problem is that Israel was built as a religious state in the first place, which the wars didnt help and they are now stuck with it. No Israeli official can recognize they could do things differently because that would be negating their past actions. therefore they have to remain verbally aggressive to exist.
    Iran has the support of Russia (mostly), China, Venezuela (a influent petrol country) and several other countries. Attacking them will create a petrolar shock so great that the US wont be willing to take the risk.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  6. Tom

    @ al Mackenzi – have you been living in a hole for the past 6 years? Iran has had thousands of hours of IAEA inspections with no proof of nuclear weapons found. Absolutely clueless!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  7. Jake

    Nancy, you do realize it's called the WORLD wide web, right? Meaning, I don't have to live in the USA to post on this board. As a matter of fact, I don't live in the USA.

    Geez, no wonder the world thinks Americans are arrogant and clueless – because they are!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  8. good ol boy

    If the USA was the holy land and positioned beside iran you better believe we would have to react. I hope the people of Israel know that this country hasnt been completely taken over by muslims and liberals and they do have american support.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  9. al mackenzie

    Arab culture has a tendency to tell a person exactly what they want to hear. Even if it is not true. Look at what Karzai just did to Obama. Iran says their nuclear program is peaceful. If that was the case then they shouldnt have a problem with monitoring by an international body. That doesnt seem to be an option. THEREFORE, Iran is lying and must be dealt with....somehow. Sanctions can be avoid by being up front with the world. That is not the arab way though. It kind of reminds me of Wall Street.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  10. nancy

    @ Jake April 27th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

    Growing threat? What a joke!

    Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

    Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-Semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

    Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government. The American media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government."

    If you do not like the USA and all it's faults then ~~ MOVE. no one is forcing you to stay here.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  11. Don Straub

    The Iranian acquisition of a nuclear capability would be a great source of danger to all Mideast nations, and, in particular, an existential threat to Israel. Indeed, Israel has a right to defend its population. It is not Zionism that is to blame for unrest in the Middle East, but rather the hatred of Arab nations for Jews and the Jewish nation, which serves to shelter them. A military option against Iran is the lesser of evils and is to be used as a last resort. Sometimes, there just are no good options.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  12. Mike M.

    It's not a matter of if, but when Israel will strike Iran. The Jewish state has always been rogue and independent of the US influence. It will bea low yield nuclear attack on the areas sensative to anything that has to do with the production of nuclear energy.
    North Korea will be watching closely to see what they might get away with following this attack. US will not do anything because it will be politically tied up in turmoil.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  13. VShar

    Will Israel be harangued by the "world order" if it strikes Iran's nuclear power making ability?
    Does Israel have a right to defend itself?
    Are shades of purple the new "it" colors for today's fashion? And does the CNN correspondent's tie look or not look like the clothing worn by the Von Trapp family that Dame Julie Andrews' character sewed from draperies in the 1965 motion picture, "The Sound of Music"?? .....

    Seriously, I'd really love to read what you think about the first 2 questions.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  14. Smith in Oregon

    I sincerely hope that President Obama treads carefully as the Republican Hawks and the current Hawkish Israeli Governments continue loudly beating the War Drums.

    Obviously Iran equipped with Russian high speed torpedoes and Chinese silk-worm anti-ship missiles could EASILY sink a slow moving Oil Supertanker moving thru the SHALLOW and narrow Strait of Hormuz to refuel at the massive Saudi Arabian Oil terminals.

    A sunken Supertanker could easily shut down the entry to the Saudi Oil terminals for weeks leading to a very real energy crisis in a large number of countrys around the world who would most certainly be very angry and upset with Israel and less than happy with America for its part in that outcome.

    Despite the numbers of advanced American Aegis Class guided missile destroyers patrolling that area and region, it is virtually impossible to completely prevent such a scenario from occurring.

    And what about Iran's partner North Korea? Three war zones is likely going to max out America's troops and resources, if North Korea lights up to support Iran against an American-Israeli invasion, that would be FOUR war zones which entirely reminds me of a movie made years ago titled 'A bridge TOO Far'.

    Again, I hope President Obama treads carefully despite the obvious pressure from Israel and the Republican party hawks to blindly go in and crush Iran without any possible realism of the outcome and how far reaching that escalation could lead.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  15. JJ

    With Iran its clear , You act now or you act later.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  16. Tim

    I hope so

    April 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  17. Esther Haman

    It is so sad to see that we are NOT the country that we claim to be. we are allowing the Zionists to have 200+ A-bombs, Not to sign the NPT, committee atrocities such as the one reported in the "Goldstone" report by the UN and to be a State Sponsor or terrorism. BUT we punish Iran for being a signatory to the NPT, follow the IAEA and the international law. WE ARE NOT A JUST AND FREE SOCIETY. ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER.

    If B. Obama continues to bow down to the Zionists as he is and allow them to follow the path they have chosen, he will not see a re-election. He is now showing that he can't control the Zionists and his policies are made in TelAviv and not in DC.

    We as a free nation or what is left of it need to realize that the Zionists infiltration of our government is the sole eminent danger to our independence and democracy. Our country has bled and has innocent blood on her hands because of these Zionist policies and history will not judge us lightly. Think about it.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  18. hass

    "Iran's growing threat"? Is that fair and objective journalism, CNN editors? Your headline's built-in assumptions are not supported by facts.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  19. Jake

    Growing threat? What a joke!

    Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

    Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-Semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

    Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government. The American media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  20. Dimitrijevic

    Israel will continue to (yawn) threaten Iran as it's been doing for the last five years. But after all that time with no action to back up the threats even the Iranians understand Israel is only making noise. There is an enormous difference between threatening to throw a punch and actually doing it. The Israelis as well as the Iranians are quite aware of that. It's far too late to hope for even modest military success now and the Israelis know it. But the tuff talk from Israel will continue whilst the Iranians go about their business.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  21. Fred

    Congratulations, John Roberts & Kyra Phillips! What a wonderful pair!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:04 am |