Israel getting more isolated

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BRITISH Foreign Secretary William Hague's blunt warning to Israel that military action against Iran would not be a "wise thing" to do highlights Israel's growing isolation. In fact, Israel's belligerent stance has pushed it into a dangerous corner.

Israel's argument is that Iran's nuclear programme poses existential threat. How does a country possessing more than 300 nuclear warheads become so vulnerable when it comes to Iran? Israel, which has invaded or attacked all its neighbours, portrays itself a peace-loving state threatened by Iran's civilian nuclear programme- which it is entitled to do under the non-proliferation treaty. Till date, Iran has not violated the provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and this talk about the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment work being geared towards making weapons is just a propaganda as none including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been able to give concrete proof about this allegation. To further assure the Western powers, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the door was open to negotiations "in a framework of justice and respect". He has offered to stop higher enrichment in exchange for fuel rods. What more does Iran needs to do to clear doubts about its nuclear programme?

On the other hand, there is deafening silence on the part of the West about the spate of assassination of Iran nuclear scientists. It's no secret that carrying out assassinations is part of Israel's state policy. The murder of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 19, 2010, in a Dubai hotel room by its infamous Mossad is still fresh in the minds of people. The only way out of this Israeli-created crisis is through negotiations and US President Barack Obama needs to take initiative by assuring Iran against any military action and toning down the belligerent rhetoric. Sanctions and threats will further aggravate the situation instead of resolving it.

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