Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Israel asserts right to unilaterally strike Iran.

Israel says it is ready to strike Iran without any support from the outside world, should it deem a strike necessary. The small but powerful state is concerned that Iran may be close to completing their quest to develop a nuclear weapon.

Israel has reminded the world that it has the right to self defense.

Israel has reminded the world that it has the right to self defense.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Israel, Iran, strike, US, secretary, hagel


TEL AVIL, ISRAEL (Catholic Online) - Frustrated Israeli officials announced today that the country is capable of launching an independent strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, if ordered. Previously Israeli officials have requested promises of U.S. support, but without American enthusiasm for a strike, Israeli defense officials have worried that Iran may be allowed to develop their device undeterred by military threat.

So far, Iran has faced sanctions which experts say have slowed the country's nuclear ambitions, but not stopped them. Iran has placed its facilities into deep underground bunkers where it is questionable if even bunker-busting bombs can penetrate.

For its part, Iran denies they are building a nuclear bomb and claims the facility is to provide electricity.

The statement was made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an interview with the BBC. He said that Israel has "different capabilities" then the United States and that "We have to make our own calculations, when we lose the capacity to defend ourselves by ourselves."

This is a clear statement. Israel is prepared to act alone if Iran crosses any red line and the world does not back a strike.

While the United State is concerned that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon, Israel is even more so. Iranian officials have made numerous public statements threatening the Jewish state with annihilation. And while many of those statements may have just been political theater, Israeli officials don't have the luxury of dismissing them so lightly.

Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu, have repeatedly stressed the right of Israel to defend itself.

The statement by Netanyahu comes just days before U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visits the country. Hagel will arrive on Sunday to discuss the Iranian issue with Israeli leaders on Sunday as well as a number of other concerns.

It is likely that Netanyahu and others will impress upon him Israel's readiness to strike Iran, with or without Obama's support, should sanctions continue to fail.


 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Middle East

150 Iraqi women choose death rather than become sex slaves in the Islamic State Watch

Image of A woman is auctioned into slavery by the Islamic State. Such sights are a daily occurrence now the Islamic State holds vast swathes of territory in what was formerly Syria and Iraq.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Earlier this month, the Islamic State staged an execution of 150 women and girls because they refused to marry or have sex with Islamic State jihadists. The mass execution was reported on Dec. 16, by the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


With winter knocking for displaced Iraqis, supplies fall short of needs Watch

Image of Thousands of Iraqi children face famine as winter arrives.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

As millions of displaced Iraqis are caught in the dead of winter, the international community has a long way to go to cover their basic needs, according to a panel testimony before Congress last week. WASHINGTON D.C., December 18 (CNA/EWTN News) - "Indeed, we are not ... continue reading


Hundreds rescued as Kurdish forces punch through Islamic State siege Watch

Image of Kurdish Peshmerga forces have fought through an Islamic State siege which held hundreds of Yazidi minorities trapped on Mount Sinjar.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the ongoing war with the Islamic State, Kurdish Peshmerga forces have reported a victory in northern Iraq. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Kurdish military says it has recaptured territory near the Sinjar Mountain, the site of the dramatic airdrops that ... continue reading


Islam is the religion of peace? You'll reconsider when you read the laws of true Islam Watch

Image of A crucifixion in the Islamic State.

By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch

How refreshing it would be if some of the people, Muslim or non-Muslim, who insist that the Islamic State is not Islamic would show how this penal code is contrary to Islam and Sharia. But they will not do so, because they can't. "Islamic State (ISIS) Publishes Penal ... continue reading


In the wake of the Taliban's brutal attack in Pakistan, Christians come together in show of support and solidarity Watch

Image of 132 school children were killed by Taliban gunmen when they attacked an army school in Peshawar province.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Following the abominable and devastating attack on a Pakistani school by Islamic gunmen, the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Church has condemned the massacre. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Taliban jihadists attacked an ... continue reading


U.S. GROUND FORCES ENGAGE ISIS - No U.S. casualties reported Watch

Image of U.S. troops firing a 60mm mortar.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

U.S. ground forces have finally clashed with the Islamic State in Iraq and defeated them handily, aided by F-18 fighter jets. The clash took place Sunday following an attack on an Iraqi airbase where American troops were stationed. Several enemy fighters were killed, ... continue reading


SOLD! In a unprecedented move of barbarity, the Islamic State authorizes rape of underage girls Watch

Image of Women captured by the Islamic State are put onto the slave market where they serve as a source of income for the state and as wives for fighters.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Islamic State has released a new pamphlet that gives instructions on the taking of sex slaves, selling or giving them, and having sex with prepubescent girls, and has circulated the pamphlet among fighters in occupied Iraq. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Islamist State releases video that shows drone's eye-view of Kobane Watch

Image of The footage depicts the Kurdish half of Kobane, in a battle scene that has become a test of the efficacy of the U.S.-led air campaign to defeat ISIS.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Islamist State jihadists are keeping the propaganda war fresh and stylized: They've just released a video, easily available on YouTube which shows a drone's eye view of the beleaguered Syrian town of Kobane. By inference, they've portrayed the ongoing conflict ... continue reading


A world at war: Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, united how much destruction could they cause? Watch

Image of Taliban fighters have waged a war of insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A study from the BBC and the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) has revealed that in November alone, over 5,000 people died as a result of Islamic violence, or nearly seven every hour. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Islamic State BEHEADS four CHRISTIAN CHILDREN when they refused to renounce Christ and convert to ISLAM Watch

Image of A man breaks down in tears. Millions of men across the Middle East, from Israel and Palestine, to Syria and Iraq, know nothing but sorrow as conflict rages across the region, consuming their children.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Islamic State terrorists have beheaded four children who refused to convert to Islam according to the British Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Canon Andrew White, Islamic State terrorists have beheaded a man's four ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Samuel 1:24-28
24 When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, ... Read More

Psalm, First Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
1 Hannah then prayed as follows: My heart exults in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 1:46-56
46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Chaeromon
December 22: Bishop of Nilopolis, in Egypt. When the persecution was ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter