US warns Israel Iran raid may cost peace deals: Report

By AFP
Published: September 20, 2012

"An Israeli strike is just what the Iranians need. The entire Arab and Muslim street will take to the streets to demonstrate," warned the Israeli official. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

JERUSALEM: US officials have warned that Egypt and Jordan could annul their peace treaties with Israel and sever all diplomatic ties if the Jewish state attacks Iran’s nuclear sites, a newspaper said on Thursday.

Quoting a high-level Israeli official, the top-selling Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot said Washington had warned that Arab leaders would not be able to control an angry public backlash if Israel were to mount an attack on Iran.

The official, who was privy to the US warning, pointed to the violent response in several Middle Eastern countries to a film insulting Islam, saying: “Today the Arab leaders do not control their peoples, the streets control the leaders.

“An Israeli strike is just what the Iranians need. The entire Arab and Muslim street will take to the streets to demonstrate,” he said.

“What happened with the film against Mohammed is just a preview of what will happen in case of an Israeli strike,” he said of the unrest which has swept the Muslim world, targeting US embassies and other American symbols and leaving more than 30 people dead.

Egyptian and Jordanian leaders “would not be able to withstand the pressure of the masses and would have to take drastic measures such as the severing of diplomatic ties and annulling the peace agreements, despite the fact that they are personally opposed to a nuclear Iran,” the paper said.

As well as potentially sacrificing its relations with Jordan and Egypt, a strike “would have severe ramifications on ties between Israel and other Muslim countries around the world, which … would be hard put to remain indifferent.”

Israel, the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power, has said it cannot rule out preemptive military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel and much of the international community believe that Iran’s nuclear programme masks a weapons drive, a charge denied by Tehran.

Washington has backed tough sanctions against Iran but has publicly differed with Israel over the timetable for any possible military action on its nuclear facilities.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • G. Din
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:22PM

    ““An Israeli strike is just what the Iranians need. The entire Arab and Muslim street will take to the streets to demonstrate,””
    Wrong! The schism between Sunnis and Shias is so deep that Sunnis will welcome such a strike! It supersedes even the anti-Americanism in each.
    ““What happened with the film against Mohammed is just a preview of what will happen in case of an Israeli strike,”
    Wrong again! Mohammed is recognized by both Sunnis and Shias.
    This fear-mongering is one way by Obama to discourage Israel but for Israel it is all about survival.
    ” a strike “would have severe ramifications on ties between Israel and other Muslim countries around the world, which … would be hard put to remain indifferent.””
    That there are ” ties between Israel and other Muslim countries around the world,” is so much baloney. Doesn’t even merit a rebuttal!

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  • usman786
    Sep 20, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Although this condemed incidents has united muslims of different sects still there are dollar n power hungry puppets amongst us. Recommend

  • Fady Araj
    Sep 20, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Wrong! the Sunni Arabs would show sympathy or at least would remain indifferent vis a vis any strike launched by Israel or the US on Iran’s nuclear facilities since the Arab world especially Sunnis who are the majority had enough of Iran trying to have control over their countries either through political interventions or direct military support of some Shiite communities within these countries like Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shiite opposition in Bahrain, Shiite community in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, the Huthies in Yemen, Hamas in the Palestinian territories, some of Al Qaeda related groups in Egypt and Northern Africa. In my opinion a military strike on Iran will never unite Sunnis and Shiites sentiments against Israel or the US and will never push Sunnis to join Shiites in any protest against the west.

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  • Fady Araj
    Sep 20, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Wrong! Sunni Arabs will show sympathy or at least remain indifferent vis a vis any strike launched by Israel Or the US on Iran since Sunnis who are the majority in the Arab world had enough of Iran trying ruling over their countries over the last two decades either through political interventions or direct military support of Shiites communities within these countries like Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shiite opposition in Bahrain, Shiite community in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia particularly Al Qateef, Hamas in the Palestinian territories, some of Al Qaeda related groups in Egypt and Northern Africa. In my opinion, a strike on Iran will never unite Sunnis to Shiites sentiments against Israel or the US and will never push Sunnis to join Shiites protests against the West.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Sep 20, 2012 - 11:39PM

    Israeli attack on Iran is not a practical solution at this moment!!!
    The risks involved are too many compared to the prospective gains……

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  • The Persian Dude
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:16AM

    I am an Iranian Marxist. This to say that I have nothing to do with Iranian religious regime. But I will fight tooth and nail — on a world scale — against any entity that wants to launch a military strike on this ANCIENT PERSIAN LAND. So , my friends, if you want to commit to this folly, please go ahead and by all means,

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Sep 21, 2012 - 1:29PM

    American and Israel bombs don’t differentiate between Sunnis and Shias. If America and Israel will attack Iran they will see opposition from both sects. Americans, Nato and Israel have killed 100 of thousands of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Palestine, Yemen and Syria. No body count them as Shia or Sunni but Muslims. Any attack on Iran will have great public reaction though Muslim countries are rued by puppets. Majority of Arab public want Iran to have nuclear bomb to balance Israel. They consider America and Israel biggest threat in region If any body who say public don’t support Iran is a big liar and need to check public surveys conducted by Western organizations itself.

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 21, 2012 - 2:17PM

    This expected and possible Israel’s raid on Iran definitely shall be the Israel’s biggest ever committed mistake and at least Israel now learn the lesson from US’ and NATO’s forces’ the worst ever defeat in Afghanistan and Israel never has to repeat the US’ and NATO’s history and mistake…..

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