Apr 21 2010
The Israeli security establishment is divided over whether it needs Washington’s blessing if Israel decides to attack Iran, Israeli officials say, as the U.S. campaign for sanctions drags on and Tehran steadily develops greater nuclear capability.
Israeli President Shimon Peres used his Remembrance Day address to deliver a message of warning to the Shiite theocracy in Iran, urging it not to underestimate Israel. “The strength of Israel comes from the power of its belief. And its greatness from the valor of its sons.
The 86-year-old Peres said that he remembers the first Independence Day in 1948, when Israel was attacked as soon as it declared statehood. “There are still those who try to annihilate us,” he said. “At their head is a dictatorial Iranian regime that strives to take over the Middle East, to paralyze it with threatening weapons, and to spread hatred of Israel in order to lull Arab world into complacence.
“We must not take the threats lightly. But they must not underestimate our abilities. The threat to the Jewish people is always an opening to the threat to the entire civilized world. To its well-being and its values. We will stand [before the threat] as we know, until the enlightened world wakes up to the danger it is exposed to – no less than we are.”
“We are a small nation. But we have merited sons who drew forth greatness from courage. We alone repulsed seven wars and we emerged stronger and more determined.” ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS