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Israel PM calls for 'crippling sanctions' against Iran
August 27, 2009
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(AFP) – 4 hours ago

BERLIN — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Thursday for "crippling sanctions" against Iran to stop its disputed nuclear work, on a solemn visit to Berlin marked by Holocaust remembrance.

After talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netanyahu expressed hopes for a quick resumption of Middle East peace talks as he warned of a mortal threat to Israel's survival posed by Iran.

"There is not much time" to halt Tehran's nuclear ambitions, he told reporters.

"I think the most important thing that can be put in place is what the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called crippling sanctions. It is possible to put real pressure, real economic pressure, on this regime if the major powers of the world unite."

He said that even if the UN Security Council failed to approve tougher sanctions against Tehran over its sensitive nuclear work due to opposition from Russia or China, a "coalition of the willing" could enact its own measures.

Merkel told the same news conference that if Iran failed to meet international obligations by next month then "more serious steps" including energy sanctions would have to be considered.

Widely considered to be the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear armed power, Israel suspects Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme, a charge Tehran denies.

Israel considers the Islamic republic to be its main foe following repeated statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying that the Jewish state is doomed to be "wiped off the map" and calling the Holocaust a "myth".

Netanyahu and Merkel said they were convinced the time was right to jumpstart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

"I hope that in a timeframe of a month or two we can relaunch negotiations," Netanyahu said.

"Let's just get on with it. We have a big job to fend off the radicals and move forward."

But Merkel echoed the US position that no progress could be made if Israel failed to halt construction of settlements in the occupied territories.

"I made clear that the Federal Republic of Germany believes that progress on the issue of settlement building -- a stop to settlement building -- is an important building block and a condition for relaunching the Middle East peace process," she said.

Netanyahu came to Berlin from London where he met British counterpart Gordon Brown and US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who also pressed him to freeze Jewish settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli premier was on the second and final leg of a four-day European tour. It was his first trip to Germany since taking office in March.

Earlier, Netanyahu accepted a gift of rare original blueprints of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz for Jerusalem's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem from a German publisher.

"We cannot allow those who call for the destruction of the Jewish state to go unchallenged," he said in a reference to Ahmadinejad as he took charge of the plans.

"We cannot allow evil to prepare the mass deaths of innocents. It should be nipped in the bud."

The blueprints, which date from 1941-42 and include plans drawn with cool technical precision of a gas chamber and a crematorium, were discovered in a Berlin apartment last year and then bought by the Bild newspaper.

More than one million Jews, Roma and others deemed "subhuman" by Adolf Hitler's regime were killed at Auschwitz, near the Polish city of Krakow, out of a total six million slaughtered by the end of World War II in 1945.

Netanyahu later became the first premier to visit the museum at a lakeside villa on the outskirts of Berlin where top Nazis adopted in January 1942 the "final solution" -- plans to exterminate all Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.

August 27, 2009
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What would you do if you were PM of Isreal and Iran repeatly said you should be wiped off the face of the map, and fired multiple missile test launches your direction as a show of strength?

August 27, 2009
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I can see the point here; fair is fair. If Israel doesn't allow its citizenry to aggravate the situation, it should be easier to make peace. Stopping these new settlements from being built is a small price for peace. And of course, that goes for other parties in the same area, not just Israelis.

August 27, 2009
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When it comes to it, both sides are whinny lil bitches who only wants to bother the rest.
Like Israel is bothering Sweden right and even Norway, I mean stfu!
It´s as simple as the old Bully vs Bullied.

Israel is bullying Sweden now because they have nukes and we don´t but when USA does something they don´t like then they sit there with their mouths shut and obeys like little bitches.
Stupid annoying bugs everywhere, seriously!

I sometimes can understand why lots of cultures hates Jews or Arabs 🙄
And well of course I hate everyone anyway Laugh 🙄 Laugh

Truth doesn´t control you, you control it...

August 27, 2009
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Has Isreal threatened to wipe Sweden off the map and fired Missiles to show you they could reach you?

August 27, 2009
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Sorry to burst your disinfo bubble greeney2, but Ahmadinjad has never threatened to "wipe israel off the map."

"Juan Cole" wrote: Ahmadinejad did not use that phrase in Persian. He quoted an old saying of Ayatollah Khomeini calling for 'this occupation regime over Jerusalem" to "vanish from the page of time.' Calling for a regime to vanish is not the same as calling for people to be killed...

...There is no such idiom in Persian and it is not what he said, and the mistranslation gives entirely the wrong impression. Wars can start over bad translations.

http://www.juancole.com/2007/06/ahmadin ... mitic.html

Anyone up to the challenge of showing the above to be wrong?

August 28, 2009
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Israel has a long history of making up (History) & historical facts.

August 28, 2009
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"greeney2" wrote: Has Isreal threatened to wipe Sweden off the map and fired Missiles to show you they could reach you?

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1848

August 28, 2009
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Has Isreal threatened to wipe Sweden off the map and fired Missiles to show you they could reach you?

Just because the haven´t said something like that to Sweden doesn´t mean they are less of some assholes. 🙄

Truth doesn´t control you, you control it...

August 28, 2009
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"greeney2" wrote: Has Isreal threatened to wipe Sweden off the map and fired Missiles to show you they could reach you?

They are attempting an economic boycott of Swedish products. This is their normal reaction in the first instance. War will follow if economic sanctions don't get the desired results (as in Iraq).

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