Israel Political Brief September 10, 2012: Israel, US Spar Over ‘Red Lines’ for Iran



Israel, U.S. Spar Over ‘Red Lines’ for Iran

Israel responds to Clinton’s remarks about setting red lines for Iran, and Clinton’s spokeswoman responds to Israel.
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Israel and the United States sparred on Monday over remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about setting “red lines” for Iran regarding its nuclear program.

Israel was not thrilled with Clinton’s remarks that the Obama administration has no “deadline” for Iran.

She told Bloomberg Radio that negotiations still are “by far the best approach” to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, hours after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview with Canadian television Sunday night that Iran “doesn’t see a clear red line from the international community.”

In response, a senior official in Jerusalem said, “Without a clear and firm red line, Iran will not stop its nuclear arms race. Such statements do not stop the Iranian centrifuges, but vice versa. Such statements not only do not deter Iran, they calm it down.”…READ MORE

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