Lieberman wants US 'responsible' for Iran
Press TV – April 26, 2009
Israel says it will not resort to military invasion to suppress Iran's nuclear activities even if the international pressure proves to be of no avail.
"We are not talking about a military attack. Israel cannot resolve militarily the entire world's problem," Kleine Zeitung quoted Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying on Saturday.
His remarks come in line with a recent shift in Tel Aviv's policy toward Iran which was adopted after Israeli president Shimon Peres said that "the solution in Iran is not a military one."
Israel and the West accuse Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of pursuing a military nuclear program -- an allegation that has been rejected by Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.
Lieberman, however, went on to say, "I propose that the United States, as the largest power in the world, take responsibility for resolving the Iranian question."
The apparent softening of tone is believed to be related to the Israeli officials' fear of a pending clash of stance with the new US administration which intends to engage Iran "diplomatically" on the matter.
Following a period of Israel intense war rhetoric against Iran Washington reportedly started weighing possible sanctions on Tel Aviv, should it go ahead with the attack.
Lieberman insisted that "the best way to stop Iran's nuclear program is through severe sanctions, very severe sanctions…. The resolutions of the UN Security Council are insufficient. Iran must be presented with harsher and more effective sanctions. It worked against Libya. We must isolate Iran; only this way will results be possible."
This is while many -- including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary-General Mohamed ElBaradei -- believe that sanction and isolation is not the key to the issue, saying such an approach could only impede the process.
Last updated 29/04/2009