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North Korea-Iran Connection

IDF Chief Of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi: 'Doubtful If U.S.-Iranian Nuclear Dialogue Will Succeed - While Diplomatic Solution Is Preferable, My Task Is To Prepare All Options & That's What We're Doing!'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'I Made Clear To President Obama That Israel Reserves Its Right To Self- Defense'

IsraCast Assessment: Israel Will Be Watching To See If U.S. & World Community Take Effective Action Against North Korea As Precedent For Iran

North Korean military

North Korea's nuclear provocations are linked to the Iranian nuclear threat in more ways than one and therefore Israeli political and military leaders will be closely monitoring if the U.S. and the rest of the international community will now take truly effective action. IsraCast assesses the Israeli reaction to the nuclear weapons test by North Korea, a supplier of missile and nuclear technology to Iran.

North Korea's latest nuclear test is a slap in the face to U.S. President Barack Obama's policy of dialogue and detente with both North Korea and Iran - that is  the overall reaction in Israel. In other words, what has transpired with the North Koreans  is a text book case study for what is liking to be repeated with the Iranians at the end of President Barack Obama's nuclear dialogue.

IDF Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi

Without referring specifically to the North Korean nuclear explosion, IDF Chief of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi left little doubt that the  upcoming nuclear negotiations dialogue with Iran would not succeed. Maj.Gen. Ashkenazi said: 'Although the diplomatic approach is also the preferred solution for us, it is doubtful if it will succeed'.

Maj.Gen. Ashkenazi said: 'Although the diplomatic approach is also the preferred solution for us, it is doubtful if it will succeed'


Speaking at a closed door session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Ashkenazi added: 'My mission as Chief of Staff is to prepare all the options and that's what we're doing'. After reviewing the results of a major exercise by the Israel Air Force, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said: 'I was favorably impressed, we have a strong air force that is a source of confidence' (It is fair to say the Israeli people have immense confidence in the IAF and believe, if given the order, it could knock Iran's nuclear weapons installations despite U.S. skepticism).

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

So where does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stand? The new Israeli leader has indicated he has little, if any hope, that Obama will succeed in talking Iran out of halting its nuclear weapons program. The latest Israeli intelligence estimate is that the Iranian leadership is leading a 'national nuclear project' and that it is not a one one-man show of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Therefore, even if Ahmadinejad were to lose the upcoming Iranian election it would make no difference to continuing the country's nuclear weapons program.

However, Netanyahu has apparently agreed to give Obama until the end of the year to see if any progress can be made on stopping Iran. At the same time, Netanyahu told the Likud caucus: 'My most important goal is preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and all options are on the table. I made clear to President Obama that Israel reserves its right to self-defense'.

In Israeli eyes, the latest North Korean nuclear explosion has blown Obama's nuclear diplomacy of soft power to smithereens

In Israeli eyes, the latest North Korean nuclear explosion has blown Obama's nuclear diplomacy of soft power to smithereens - trying to negotiate with North Korea or Iran is like talking nice with the Taliban or Al Qaeda - although they are not states with defined territory they are driven by radical and totally irresponsible ideologies. 

Pyongyang's nuclear wake-up call is viewed in Jerusalem as a promo for what is likely to be the result of Obama's diplomatic experiment with Tehran - one day Iran's nuclear smoking-gun will erupt in a mushroom cloud somewhere over the Middle East. It is a bleak outlook, one fraught with danger and appears to be that major international challenge that Vice President Joe Biden once warned would confront Barack Obama during his first six months in office.  

David Essing

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