Israel won't debate publicly before Iran action: Peres

Published: March 9, 2012
Israel's President, Shimon Peres speaks during an address to the Jewish community of Los Angeles held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California March 8, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

Israel's President, Shimon Peres speaks during an address to the Jewish community of Los Angeles held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California March 8, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES: Israel does not need a “public debate” before taking military action against Iran, President Shimon Peres said Thursday, reiterating that all options remain on the table.

Speaking in Los Angeles, he said economic sanctions were the first course of action in pressing the Islamic republic to give up its nuclear ambitions and its threat to the Jewish state, but not the only one.

“I think we have to try first sanctions, and then we shall see,” he said, noting that “in the case of South Africa, sanctions did the job,” as they arguably did in Libya and Ukraine.

“If we have to choose, let’s start with the non-violent … saying very clearly (that) all other options are on the table,” he told an audience in Beverly Hills.

Pressed about the threat of military strikes against Iran — much discussed during a visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington this week — Peres said: “I don’t think that we have to make a public debate ahead of time.”

In Washington last weekend Peres vowed that Israel “shall prevail” if forced to fight Iran, which he referred to as “an evil, cruel and morally corrupt regime” bent on controlling the Middle East.

“Iran’s ambition is to control the Middle East, so it can control a major part of the world’s economy. It must be stopped. And it will be stopped,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner told a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group on Sunday.

The 88-year-old former Israeli prime minister and foreign minister is ending his week-long US visit on the West Coast, including stops in Silicon Valley where he launched his own Facebook page earlier this week.

On Friday he is due to visit the headquarters of Dreamworks Animation in Glendale, outside Los Angeles, while much of the rest of his schedule is private, before he heads home on Sunday.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • anonymous
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:10PM

    All Talk!


  • Shia
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Iran too won’t debate publicly before Israel action


  • sara
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Peres (blah blah)…its all written, we’ll get the victory for sure!


  • Anuj
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:59PM

    @ Sara and Shia….now you are jumping to defeat Israel, which you know is nothing more than day dreaming and later you will cry rivers for collateral damages in Iran…..


  • omg!
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:07PM

    how can you say that?


  • Arsalan
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Read before commentin They are talking about Iran. Iran certainly has an ability to attack Israel, its not day dreaming!Recommend

  • unbeliever
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:49PM

    firstly i would say that yes iran is no egypt otherwise they would be dead by now. it is their economy which is keeping them insulated from various sanctions.

    but attacks these days doesn’t mean launch of military strikes only.
    it involves a combination of diplomacy and efforts to suffocate your enemy to death.
    this is what israel is doing right now.
    the moment they find iran economically vulnerable and out of supplies and, they would attack without giving a second thought.
    and yes iran will reply them befittingly, but the question is, wheteher saudi and other govts would allow iran(yes you read right, iran) to use their airspace.


  • Cautious
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Israel seems to be sitting in the drivers seat on this issue. It can attack Iran with the cooperation of the Sunni Arabs and Iran’s ability to respond directly to Israel is largely limited to shooting off a few missiles which don’t have the accuracy to do any strategic damage and ask it’s terrorist proxies in Lebanon and Gaza to fight for it. Iran will be left with trying to lash out at the Worlds economy by trying to close off the Strait of Hormuz or target the oil fields of Saudi which will result in a shooting war with the USA – skyrocketing oil prices – and the eventual destruction of Iran’s navy, air force, nuclear facilities, and probably most of the infrastructure which supports the theocratic regime.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 10, 2012 - 1:48AM

    what is this Terrorism or Huminism.???


  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 10, 2012 - 2:26AM

    American economy is getting to the edge of sink and these jews dont care they wanna make
    america to look like Germany of 1945.


  • Xcaret
    Mar 10, 2012 - 4:35AM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    It is REALISM.


  • Anuj
    Mar 10, 2012 - 5:27AM

    @ Arsalan….you need to read my comment before commenting…i also meant Iran…..and did you say Iran has capability to defeat israel……hahaha… wonder, iranians got this day dreaming from expert pakistanis……:D


  • Mar 10, 2012 - 5:36AM

    Cautious has seen the future. I don’t get how Iran can be said to be financing Hamas. Hamas is sunni. But I guess facts don’t matter when you’ve got a war to sell to the people. I hope Iran comes out on top.


  • faraz
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:10PM

    Double standards, double standards, double standards!!!!
    Israel is the most violent country alongside the US and India!!! (all three have nuclear stockpile) Combined, they have killed literally millions of innocents during last 70 years but there is nobody to question them? And by the way, we have been hearing about nuclear proliferation from central Asian states etc. for a long time. Has there been any nuclear detonation on civilians after US’s brutal attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Israel and US are behind civil wars in middle eastern states and now Iran?


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