There is no need to talk about any military option, and the Iranian problem is not Israeli, it’s a problem for the entire world. But we definitely need to keep this option on the table.
Interview with FM Liberman on Pervoe Radio (24 May 2010 ):
Host: Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that an agreement has been reached with China and Russia to tighten sanctions against Iran. So the West has clearly demonstrated its attitude towards the Iranian-Turkish-Brazilian breakthrough. I think, however, that it’s naive to believe that these sanctions will be able to cool down Iran’s nuclear ambitions. What do you think about that?
FM Liberman: First, we should welcome such determination and readiness to extend sanctions and measures. I must say that this hasn’t been easy, even for a country like the US. Both China and Russia have their own opinions on the Iranian dossier, and their consent to new sanctions can therefore be interpreted as a signal to Iran and other countries, which shows their real attitude to the alleged agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran, and says that it cannot be trusted. It certainly means that if Iran fails to take these sanctions seriously in the immediate future – they are supposed to be approved in June – it will open the way to even more serious measures. Anyway, I believe that this signal is very important.
From interview with FM Liberman in Haaretz (13 May 2010):
Q: The prime minister says that Iran is trying to provoke a war between us and Syria. What do you think about this statement?
A: The Iranians are always trying to tell Syria directly, and by passing on lies through Hizbullah, that we’re going to attack at any moment. There’s no doubt that they are happy that the attention given to their nuclear developments is moving on to a quarrel between us and Syria. I think the penny has dropped for the Syrians, too, and they understand these tricks.
Q: The strategic affairs minister has mentioned that a military option exists to deal with Iran. How close are we to this?
A: I think there is no need to talk about any military option, and the Iranian problem is not Israeli, it’s a problem for the entire world. But we definitely need to keep this option on the table. I expect first of all clear and tough decisions by the UN Security Council.
That’s the best way, there is an understanding now, and a readiness on the part of the international community. I hope we can reach this understanding at the moment of truth, which is clear to everyone right now.