Israeli FM: no real differences between Bush, Obama over Iran
Xinhua – Nov. 6
There are no real differences between viewpoints of U.S. President George W. Bush and his new successor Barak Obama over the Iranian issue, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Thursday.
"There is a slightly different attitude between the president-elect and the outgoing president, in regards to how the world relates to extremism in the region," she said.
"There are those who think that (America) has to be aggressive, and there are those who think that there has to be dialogue. Obama falls into the second group," Livni was quoted as saying in an interview with Israel Radio.
However, the foreign minister said the difference between the two would not be "dramatic."
"The outgoing administration also had people who supported dialogue. Obama's bottom line on the Iranian issue is very clear. America won't accept a nuclear Iran. Israel is working for sanctions against Iran, and not transmitting a message of weakness," said Livni.
The United States, Israel and their Western allies accuse Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons, but Iran insists that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
As for the snap Israeli elections slated for February next year, the ruling Kadima party chairwoman said her party would succeed in the elections.
Editor: Zheng E.
Last updated 09/11/2008