Posts Tagged ‘Yukiya Amano’

Turning Back From the Point of No Return – Implications of the Threat to Bomb Iran

August 26, 2010
Jeremy R. Hammond, Foreign Policy Journal, August 26, 2010

The drums for war on Iran have been banging louder than ever lately, with a spate of articles by political commentators either directly encouraging the bombing of the Islamic Republic or otherwise offering a narrative in which this is effectively portrayed as the only option to prevent Iran from waging a nuclear holocaust against Israel. A prominent example of the latter is Jeffrey Goldberg’s article last month in the Atlantic magazine, “The Point of No Return”.[1] Goldberg’s lengthy piece essentially boils down to this: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons poses an existential threat to Israel’s existence comparable to the Nazi Holocaust, and although the U.S. recognizes this threat, the Obama administration is weak, so Israel will have no choice but to act alone in bombing Iran to ensure its own survival.

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Israel’s favored IAEA candidate elected

July 3, 2009

Herb Keinon and AP,  The Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2009

Israel privately heaved a sigh of relief Thursday at the election of Japan’s Yukiya Amano to replace Mohamed ElBaradei as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

New director general of the...

New director general of the IAEA, Japan’s Yukiya Amano, is seen after his election in Vienna, Austria, Thursday.
Photo: AP

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The relief comes both because the tenure of ElBaradei, with whom Israel has had a rocky relationship, is about to end, and because Amano beat out South Africa’s candidate, Abdul Samad Minty.

While officially Israel had no comment on the development, privately, government sources said Amano was Israel’s preferred candidate.

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