US National Security Advisor: Fight Iran with Peace


us-national-security-adviser-general-james-jonesThe Obama administration is hoping to convince Israel and its Arab neighbors that it is better to unite against a common enemy, Iran, than to continue with the decades-old hostilities that have wracked the region – particularly the stalled “peace process” with the Palestinian Authority. U.S. National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy yesterday, “One of the ways that Iran exerts influence in the Middle East is by exploiting the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. Advancing this peace would… help prevent Iran from cynically shifting attention away from its failures to meet its obligations.”Jones stressed America’s commitment to Israel’s security, downplaying the recent weeks of hostility towards the Netanyahu government by the White House. “There is no space – no space – between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel’s security,” he insisted, adding that Washington is “determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.” The goal, Jones said, was to avoid a nuclear arms race in the region and “the proliferation of nuclear technology to terrorist organizations,” echoing the mission statement of the recent 47-nation nuclear summit held in Washington.

However, he urged all sides “to avoid provocative actions, including Israeli actions in East Jerusalem, and Palestinians’ incitement that fuels suspicion rather than trust.” The comment referred to an announcement several weeks ago that a mid-level step in a three-year-old housing project in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood had been approved. The Interior Ministry’s “ill-timed” announcement, which came during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, set off a flurry of condemnations and recriminations from Obama administration officials.

Read more at Arutz Shevah.

{Arutz Shevah/Yair Israel}



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