As the sun continues to rise and fall Israelis’ anxieties over Iran’s developing capabilities to build a nuclear weapon continue to grow, reported the New York Times.
Though U.S. Vice President Biden said during an interview with ABC’s “This Week” that it was Israel’s “sovereign right” to attack Iran, if they so decided, reported the Associated Press.
Biden has received some negative feedback for this statement. Many said that the statement gave Israel a “green light” to attack Iran.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that Israeli leaders would not continue to seek U.S. aid and approval of a strike against Iran since President George W. Bush rejected the request of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last year.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Biden’s remark was “very logical,” reported the Associated Press. Lieberman also said that “Israel is a sovereign state and at the end of the day, the government of Israel has sole responsibility for its security and future, not anybody else.”
He added that, like Israel’s attack on Iraq in 1981, if Israel attacks Iran, then they will be doing the world’s dirty work, but will suffer much criticism from other nations.
The New York Times reported that Kenneth Pollack, the acting director for the Saban Center for Middle East policy at the Brookings Institution, said “the Israelis have made it clear that they are going to allow this diplomatic process to work out, and even if they conclude that it has failed, they don’t want to attack Iran. But the problem is they may feel they have no other choice but to do so.”
Pollack added, “Israel has a real problem with the distance from Israeli air bases to Iranian targets. And the shortest route from Israel to Iran is over Jordan and Iraq.” However, the U.S. Air Force currently controls Iraq’s airspace.
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu said to the Atlantic that preventing Iran from constructing nuclear weapons was one of the two greatest challenges facing the Obama presidency.
Netanyahu also implied during the interview with the Atlantic that Israel would act if the United States did not.