[This whole episode was a bogus attempt to have him removed as Foreign Minister, as his conservative views include taking out Iran's nuclear facilities. His return may push PM Netanyahu's action against Iran to occur sooner rather than later]
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman back to the government after his acquittal from fraud and breach of trust chargesWednesday, with other ministers following suit.
"I congratulate you on your unanimous acquittal and am glad you are returning to the Government of Israel so we can continue to work together for the good of the people of Israel," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.
Liberman headed straight to the Western Wall after hearing the verdict.
"I would like to thank all of those who sent their wishes and those who expressed their support during the whole process. Together, we will continue to work for the good of the People and the State of Israel," he wrote on Facebook soon after.
Liberman is expected to return to the job he held in the last Knesset, Foreign Minister, as soon as next week, when he is expected to be sworn in by the Knesset.
Since Liberman was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of public trust in December 2012, Israeli politics have been on pause (the post of foreign minister has been held in trust for him) to learn the fate of one of the most dominant forces of the last decade.
Many are predicting that with his acquittal his popularity will be further boosted, and he will immediately return to the post of foreign minister.
The international community and Iran are on a path to reaching a “middle ground” deal on Tehran’s nuclear program that will allow each side to claim victory, but which will allow Iran to eventually become a nuclear state, a leading Middle East expert told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Prof. Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, who will soon publish the book The Shi’ite Crescent: An Iranian Vision and Arab Fear, added that an Israeli military operation against Iran’s nuclear program was feasible several years ago, but that today, “the train has left the station.”
In current diplomatic talks between Iran and the international community, “the two sides understand they have to reach a middle ground,” Rabi said. An agreement will likely involve Iran decreasing its uranium enrichment activities and a timetable for inspection of nuclear facilities, though it will not include complete Iranian transparency, he added.
“Some of the sites will be open for inspection. Everything will be partial. This is convenient for the Iranian and the American presidents,” Rabi stated.
Such an agreement will likely be supported by Russia – and Europe, despite some reservations, will give its blessing as well.
Iran will not provide any further concessions, Rabi stressed.
The US will seek to calm its Middle East allies, Israel, the Gulf states and Egypt, all of whom are threatened by a nuclear Iran, and convince them that it did not abandon them.
Any lifting of sanctions will likely be gradual and could involve a slow easing of restrictions on the Iranian oil or banking industries.
But a partial nuclear deal is a “certified recipe for creating a nuclear Iran in the intermediate future,” Rabi warned. Israel and other regional states will have to start thinking about not only preventing Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons, but how to contain a nuclear Tehran as well.
He argued that Iran has been successful in using diplomatic forums to isolate Israel, and that Jerusalem needs to develop new diplomatic tools to fight back with.
Despite Israel’s “war of attrition” against Tehran’s plans, “the world is allowing Iran to go nuclear. Iran has things to offer behind closed doors. Israel isn’t there. It just gets reports.
Crickets. Russia has gifted North Korea with EMP technology. Just what does everyone think they will do with it? It would be a grave and deadly mistake to believe the NoKos would only use these weapons on the South Koreans. Just as it is suicidal to believe the Russians, Chinese and Iranians won’t use them either — on America. It’s not five till midnight anymore — time’s up:
Whether the alliance of evil: North Korea/Iran/Russia/China are the first to utilize EMPs or a massive cyber attack is propagated on us by them or even from the enemies within our government, time is running out. It’s coming and we are not doing anything to stop this catastrophe from taking us down. It’s mind boggling stupid and on purpose. The plan all along was to take America out to pave the way for a new world order. When it happens, millions will perish. Evil doesn’t always lose folks – good has to be willing to fight and defeat it. Right now, the good guys are off in the weeds chasing squirrels. They better get their act together before North Korea or Russia deliver EMPs to the US with love and death.
So while Russia expands and tests its offensive and defensive missile capabilities, President Obama lets our missile capabilities wither and caves to Russian demands to halt previously planned expansion.
To placate Moscow, Obama has already betrayed our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic by abandoning plans to deploy ground-based interceptors and missile defense in those countries.
Our Chinese friends have also noticed that the famous “reset” button has been replaced with one marked “easy.” China’s military carried out on July 24 a third test of a long-range DF-31A road-mobile ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. with nuclear warheads.
According to a recently published report by the Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center, “China has the most active and diverse ballistic missile development program in the world.”
Last Monday, Chinese state-run media — including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily — ran identical, top-headlined reports boasting of the “awesomeness” of the People’s Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force.
Clearly the Russians and the Chinese are not dreaming of a world without nuclear weapons, just of one without American resistance to their ambitious plans.