Ger­many must lead Iran pres­sure, sum­mit told

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY TOBY AX­EL­ROD BER­LIN

IS­RAEL IS on the brink of a de­ci­sion sim­i­lar to the one it faced 60 years ago and should be pre­pared to go it alone un­less the world helps pres­sure Iran to drop its nu­clear am­bi­tions.

So ar­gued those at a con­fer­ence in Ber­lin last week­end.

Ger­many, as Iran’s big­gest trad­ing part­ner in Europe, must lead in turn­ing up the heat, some ar­gued. Not only was Is­rael’s fu­ture at stake, but that of the Mid­dle East and Europe. “Is­rael is fac­ing an ex­is­ten­tial de­ci­sion on the same level with the 1948 de­ci­sion of Ben-Gu­rion to de­clare the in­de­pen­dence of Is­rael at all odds,” au­thor Yossi Mel­man said, adding that strate­gic strikes against nu­clear in­stal­la­tions must be con­sid­ered if sanc­tions fail.

Sev­eral speak­ers em­pha­sised that they did not trust Iran’s as­sur­ances about its nu­clear am­bi­tions. They sug­gested that Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, though well-mean­ing, was stymied by op­po­si­tion from For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier.

They also crit­i­cised Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert for fail­ing pub­licly to press Ms Merkel on the mat­ter dur­ing her March visit.

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