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Old 03-02-2014, 04:19 PM  
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U.S. pushing Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists

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WASHINGTON -- As Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Washington - due to arrive on Sunday (March 2), to prepare for talks with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday - it's clear that there are several points of friction between Israel and the United States.

The two countries are allies, but their leaders often differ on the details of key issues: Israel's peace talks with the Palestinians, America's nuclear talks with Iran, how to approach political turmoil in Egypt, what might be done to limit Syria's horrible civil war, and a broader issue of whether the Middle East sees President Obama as a powerful, influential leader.

Recently, as I sought to update a book I co-wrote about the history of Israel's intelligence agencies, sources close to them revealed that they felt pressure from the Obama Administration - more than a hint - to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran.

Although Israel has never acknowledged it, the country's famed espionage agency - the Mossad - ran an assassination campaign for several years aimed at Iran's top nuclear scientists. The purpose was to slow the progress made by Iran, which Israel feels certain is aimed at developing nuclear weapons; and to deter trained and educated Iranians from joining their country's nuclear program.

At least five Iranian scientists were murdered, most of them by bombs planted on their cars as they drove to work in the morning. Remarkably, the Israeli assassins were never caught - obviously having long-established safe houses inside Iran - although several Iranians who may have helped the Mossad were arrested and executed.

In addition to strong signals from the Obama Administration that the U.S. did not want Israel to continue the assassinations, Mossad officials concluded that the campaign had gotten too dangerous. They did not want their best combatants - Israel's term for its most talented and experienced spies - captured and hanged.

President Obama - much to the discomfort of Israeli officials - is pursuing negotiations with Iran. The United States is one of the P5+1 nations, continuing to talk with the Iranians about rolling back some of their nuclear potential.

Sources told us that Netanyahu has now ordered the Mossad to focus on hunting - inside Iran and elsewhere - for evidence that the Iranians are cheating on the commitments they made in their interim agreement with the P5+1 last November.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama will also discuss progress - said by all concerned to be limited, but not non-existent - in Israel's talks with the Palestinian Authority which began last year. Secretary of State John Kerry has had many frustrations in his chosen role as mediator: not least, the harsh criticism of Kerry voiced by some members of Netanyahu's coalition government who distrust the peace process and feel that giving up any of the West Bank would be needlessly dangerous for Israel.
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:09 PM   #31
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:09 PM   #32
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:10 PM   #33
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:12 PM   #34
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:13 PM   #35
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Well at the zoo you usually don't get hit in the face with so much shit in spite of the residents' best efforts.
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Well at the zoo you usually don't get hit in the face with so much shit in spite of the residents' best efforts.
Nah, she's just throwing farts. There's no substance involved.
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Well of course we're going to put public pressure on them to stop the assassinations. That doesn't mean behind closed doors that we're going to ask them to stop.

The US wrote Stuxnet. We're just as interested in stopping their nuclear weapons program as Israel and Saudi Arabia are.
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Well of course we're going to put public pressure on them to stop the assassinations. That doesn't mean behind closed doors that we're going to ask them to stop.
Yeah, no, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Obama administration is actually more vociferous behind closed doors.

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You don't know that we wrote it.
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Neo Con hogwash! We have not declared war to be inside Iran committing acts of war with an ally.
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What acts of war?
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We're at war? With whom, and for how long has this been going on that nobody knows about?
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You don't know that we wrote it.
Considering, just about every computer expert that has looked at Stuxnet is pretty sure it came from the US, I think it's safe to say we wrote it.

Also, considering we've had drone in Iranian airspace, I would wager that it's probably a safe bet we were involved in the assassinations too.
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Hell, we've likely had special forces inside of Iran, and that's not mentioning the spooks.
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