Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, Netanyahu in Washington to Fight Out U.S. Policy on British-Run Attack on Iran
March 3, 2012 • 1:46PM

The three top leaders of Israel are in, or en route to, the United States to meet with Obama and other top officials to fight out whether America will be duped and destroyed by supporting the British Plan to start World War III with an attack on Iran.


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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrived in Washington Tuesday night, and met privately with Vice-President Biden, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Barak is demanding U.S. support for an Israeli military attack on Iran.

Israeli President Shimon Peres also arrived Tuesday in New York, where he held a press conference, had a 20-minute interview on ABC-TV's The View with Barbara Walters, and also an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose, after speaking to an audience at the Hebrew YMCA in New York. Today he spoke to a meeting of financiers on Wall Street, and will arrive in Washington on Friday evening. On Sunday, Nobel Peace Prize winner Peres will give the opening speech at the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, and will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. He will then meet privately with Obama on the sidelines of the conference.

On Feb. 23-24, articles in Haaretz reported that Barak had exploded over a Haaretz report that Peres intends to tell Obama that he opposes an Israeli attack on Iran, and will meet with Obama to tell him that before Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Monday in the Oval Office.

In his interview with Barbara Walters about Israeli intentions to bomb Iran, Peres said, in close paraphrase:

Peres: There are three points we agree on:

1) The world is in danger if Iran gets the bomb, not only because of the bomb, but because of the nature of the present Iranian government.... Iran is trying to take over the Mideast, and has threatened Israel.

2) We all agree that Iran can't have a nuclear weapon.

Walters: Doesn't Israel have nuclear weapons?

Peres: There are different reports. We won't be the first to introduce a nuclear bomb. Israel has never threatened anyone.

3) All options are on the table.

Walters: Does that mean an attack on Iran?

Peres: All options means all options. President Obama has started with a sophisticated attempt to achieve the same thing with economic and political sanctions.

Walters: (paraphrase) But if you bomb, without letting us know, we in the U.S. could be pulled in, you could endanger the U.S.

Peres: We haven't reached that point, and I hope that sanctions will do the job. Our relationship with President Obama is very good. Some in your country say Obama is not as serious a supporter of Israel as others, but with Obama, we have the security relationship better met than with anytime previous. There is a new situation in the Mideast....

Walters: You mean the Arab Spring?

Peres: It is a revolt of younger parties against older leaders. They will win, because the older leaders are on their way out. But they (the younger parties) don't come in with a proposal on how to solve the problems in the Middle East. There is not enough food or water in the Mideast.

Walters: What will you tell Obama on Sunday, and what will you demand?

Peres: We will converse.

Walters announced that Peres had set up a Facebook page, and he invited everyone to "be a friend of peace" and sign up as a friend on his facebook page. After AIPAC, he will travel to the West Coast, to visit companies in Silicon Valley, and will speak in San Francisco, which no Israeli leader has done since Golda Meir (Prime Minister from 1969 to 1974).

Today Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa. Netanyahu said, "I know from many conversations that we've had that you share my view that this is a grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I think it is important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize," Netanyahu said. Harper also planned a working lunch with Netanyahu today. CBC noted that Harper said he has "no doubt" that Iran is lying when it says it is not building a nuclear bomb. An Israel National News story by Elad Benari says one diplomatic source says Netanyahu and Obama are "poles apart.... The Israelis want the White House to up the ante. The White House has the Europeans behind its position, but it's losing Congress. Options under consideration are aerial refueling for Israeli planes."

A poll taken by the Dahaf organization in Israel on behalf of the Brookings Institution found that 81% of Israelis oppose a solo Israeli attack against Iran. If the United States approved it, two-thirds would approve, and 34% oppose it with or without U.S. approval.