TIMES OF ISRAEL: Israel to hold off Iran strike until after US election

PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Barack Obama in the White House in March 2012. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Barack Obama in the White House in March 2012. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)
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According to US sources, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to hold off a theoretical Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities until the fall, Maariv reported on Tuesday.

During his meeting with US President Barack Obama last month, Netanyahu reportedly pledged not to take an offensive operation against Iran until after the upcoming US presidential election, to be held on November 6.

Netanyahu reportedly agreed to give more time for diplomacy and increased sanctions to have an effect on Iran.

The report said that Netanyahu and senior Israeli military officials believe that Iran will enter a “zone of immunity” in about six months — when their facilities will be developed to a point where an Israeli strike would not be effective in knocking them out.

US military officials remain opposed to a strike and to potential US involvement.

Times Of Israel

Did Obama Admin Leak Info About Israel For Political Cover?

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Report: Obama Blaming Israel for Rising Fuel Prices

The Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in global crude oil prices, says its “posturing” on Iran brought the rise.
By Elad Benari

First Publish: 4/3/2012, 3:16 AM
Netanyahu and Obama, 04.03.12

Netanyahu and Obama, 04.03.12
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The Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in global crude oil prices, according to a Sunday report in The World Tribune. The rise in fuel prices is deemed as harming the U.S. economy and has also hurt Obama in the polls as he seeks re-election in November.

The report cited a leading U.S. analyst, Robert Satloff, who returned from talks with Israeli officials.

Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said, according to The World Tribune, that the Israeli leadership saw Washington as attributing the higher gas prices to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran.

“They think the Iranians should be held responsible for the higher gasoline prices,” Satloff was quoted as having said.

He added that the officials told him the Obama administration was staging a campaign to undermine Israel.

“I cannot underscore how deep and visceral the [Israeli] comments of the leaking that came out of Washington were,” Satloff said, noting Israel is alarmed by what officials determined were leaks by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of purported Israeli preparations to attack Iran.

The Israeli concerns come in the wake of a report in Foreign Policy magazine last week, according to which Israel has purchased an airfield in Azerbaijan on Iran’s northern border, prompting the United States to watch very closely.

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Lawmaker’s resolution condemns Iran for Christian pastor’s death sentence

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Published February 17, 2012

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  • Yusuf Naderkhani

    An undated photograph provided by the American Center for Law & Justice shows Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor who faces execution for refusing to recant his Christian faith.

Lawmakers in Congress have joined the fight to save an Iranian Christian pastor who has been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his faith.

A resolution sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) denounces Iran for its leaders’ ruling of apostasy against Youcef Nadarkhani and calls for his immediate release.

“Iran has become more isolated because of their drive for nuclear weapons, and the fundamentalist government has stepped up persecution of religious minorities to deflect criticism,” Pitts told FoxNews.com. “The persecuted are their own citizens whose only crime is practicing their faith.”

Nadarkhani was born to a Muslim family and admits that he was introduced to the teachings of Islam, but claims he never accepted the faith. The charge of apostasy, which in Iran carries the death penalty, is leveled at those who abandon their faith.

Pitts introduced the measure on Friday and so far has the support of seven other members. Nearly 90 members of Congress previously signed a letter supporting Nadarkhani.

Nadarkhani, who also held house church services in Iran, was facing execution after being convicted of apostasy in November of 2010, but appealed his conviction all the way up to the Iranian Supreme Court. That trial was held in the Gilan Provence last September, when he refused to renounce his Christianity. Nadarkhani has been detained for a total of 858 days.

“They now have to decide whether they will live up to their international obligations as a member of the United Nations and a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Pitts said.

The execution has been delayed amid international pressure on the Iranian regime. At one point Tehran claimed Nadarkhani’s real crime was being a threat to national security.

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