A member of Israel's Knesset says his country is in a life or
death struggle as Iran continues to accelerate its development of
nuclear bombs. The Iranians are threatening to drag the United
States into any confrontation with the Jewish state.
Recently Iranian state television reported that a senior
commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard warned that Iran would
target U.S. bases in the region in the event of war with Israel,
raising the prospect of a broader conflict that would force other
countries to get involved.
The comments came amid tension over Iran's nuclear program and
Israel's suggestion that it might unilaterally strike Iranian
nuclear facilities to scuttle what the United States and its allies
believe are efforts to build a bomb.
Danon is deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and a member of
the ruling Likud Party. He comments on the situation.
"We have the military capability to deal with this threat by
ourselves, but I think that should not be the case," he contends.
"It should not be the war of Jews against Iran. It should be the
war of the global Western society that fights against the threat.
And, unfortunately, I don't see it happening in the near future. We
see that the leadership in the United States is not willing to take
a leadership role."
Danon says if President Obama does not want to help, there is no
other alternative -- but that Israel will do what it must do to
"If we have to choose between allowing Iran to build a bomb or
to bomb Iran, I think we have no other option but to do whatever is
necessary to not allow Iran to become nuclear -- because history
has told us we cannot ignore a leader who is speaking against the
Jewish people," he insists.
Danon is the author of Israel: The Will to Prevail, which is
extremely critical of President Obama.
Meanwhile, a conservative activist and former presidential
candidate finds it funny that President Obama would tell the
United Nations General Assembly that the time for diplomacy with
Iran is "not unlimited." (Listen
to audio report)
President Barack Obama recently told the General
Assembly that time after time, Iran has failed to demonstrate that
its nuclear program is peaceful and has failed to meet its
obligations to the United Nations. He also said the Iranian
government has been propping up the dictatorship in Syria and
supporting terrorist groups abroad.
"America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we
believe that there is still time and space to do so," the president
stated. "But that time is not unlimited. That's why a coalition of
countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that's
why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from
obtaining a nuclear weapon."
But Gary Bauer of American Values says the president's comments
"The Iranians certainly know that those are empty words, because
they've seen how the president has with the waivers undercut the
sanctions that were passed by overwhelming majorities by the United
States Congress," he notes.
Bauer adds, though, that it is not funny that the United States
is in full retreat everywhere in the Middle East.