Nuke Iran before engagement: Pro-Israel US donor

Nuke Iran before engagement: Pro-Israel US donor
Thu Oct 24, 2013 22:28:48

A pro-Israeli American billionaire and the largest single donor to the country’s rightist Republican Party has urged the US to drop an atomic bomb on Iran before entering negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear energy program.

The unprecedented remarks by Zionist gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has been one of the strongest promoters of the Israeli regime in the US, came in a Tuesday address at New York City’s Yeshiva University.

Adelson, who donated nearly $100 million to Republicans during the 2012 election cycle, said Washington should first drop a nuclear bomb on desert areas of Iran.

“Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development,” he said.

The 80-year-old Adelson also owns a Tel Aviv newspaper that frequently magnifies warnings from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel.

His remarks come amid intense lobbying efforts by the Israeli regime and hawkish US lawmakers who are deeply concerned about the Iranian government’s diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-standing dispute with the West over Tehran’s nuclear energy program as well as Washington's recent diplomatic outreach to Iran.

Last week, The New York Times reported that a senior White House official has said Washington is planning to unfreeze Iran’s overseas assets in order to reciprocate Tehran’s confidence-building measures over its nuclear energy program.

In response to the Times’ report, a group of Republican senators released a statement, insisting that “the US should not suspend new sanctions, nor consider releasing limited frozen assets, before Tehran suspends its nuclear enrichment activities.”

The powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) also distributed a memo to members of the US Congress last week, claiming that Iran “does not have the right” to enrich uranium.

While Iran is a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Israeli regime has persistently refused to join international nuclear regulatory agencies and does not allow any inspection of its nuclear facilities, as it is widely believed to possess between 200 and 400 atomic warheads.

Meanwhile, Tel Aviv has never denied nor confirmed having nuclear weapons under its official policy of nuclear ambiguity.

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