Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/5/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Israel must soon make a final and critical decision.

The near-term fate of Iran's nuclear sites may hang on the results of talks taking place now at the White House. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with President Barack Obama as they discuss what to do about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The stakes couldn't be higher as Obama urges restraint. Netenyahu's position is both critical and difficult.

The stakes couldn't be higher as Obama urges restraint. Netenyahu's position is both critical and difficult.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/5/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Israel, Obama, Netanyahu, Iran, nuclear, talks, White House


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - President Obama has tried to quell the rhetoric by saying there has been too much "loose talk" of war with Iran. Obama has not ruled out the possibility of staging a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, but he has called for more time to allow sanctions to work.
 
Israel, whose military capability is less substantial, is concerned that Iran is nearing a point of no return with their nuclear program beyond which the development of a working nuclear weapon will be easy to accomplish.
 
Iran represents an existential threat to Israel, with that country's leadership assuming a strong anti-Israeli stance in both rhetoric and political action.
 
The US however is very concerned about the collateral effects of a strike on Iran. In addition to political opposition, particularly from China and Russia, analysts believe that Iran would retaliate against both the US and Israel by all means available, including the use of terrorist attacks. Such a conflict could escalate into a full-blown conflict that could last for a protracted period.
 
To prevent a feared military quagmire, the Obama administration has publicly thrown its support-and hopes, behind strong economic sanctions that are already making daily life difficult in Iran. Iran has retaliated by threatening to cut off oil supplies to nations that relay on Iranian crude.
 
The recent spike in oil prices has also been blamed on tension with Iran, although that market is being driven more by speculation than political and economic reality.

The UN has also stated they have "serious concerns" regarding the state of Iran's nuclear program.

While Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful, the fact remains that country is taking its program underground by moving critical components into bomb-proof bunkers, and refusing to allow neutral inspectors into the facilities to verify that no weaponsization is taking place. Without those assurances, political leaders in the US and Israel have no choice but to take Iran seriously on the matter of nuclear proliferation.
 
The gravity of today's talks cannot be underestimated. Ultimately, Israel is confronted with a difficult set of choices: They can hope and pray that sanctions eventually work, or strike Iran while they can and risk the quagmire, or become dependent on the US to do the job for them later. None of these options is particularly appealing to anyone.

The leaders are expected to comment on the talks later this evening.

. 

---


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


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More U.S.

Obama spends an alarming $3 billion on Obamacare WITHOUT Congressional approval Watch

Image of President Obama's administration is being accused of illegally spending money on Obamacare without Congressional approval.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The U.S. Treasury Department may be moving forward with Obamacare regardless of Congressional concerns and a lack of funding, approving a $3 billion payment to health insurers despite the fact that Congress has not authorized any payments in annual ... continue reading


Obama Administration as Global Advocate for Radical LGBTI Agenda

Image of Randy Berry

By Keith A Fournier

Robert Reilly is right. The Obama administration is doing profound damage to the very understanding of human rights. We have fundamental human rights precisely because we are human persons. No-one should support the denial of truly fundamental human rights for ... continue reading


Climate change - WHERE IT HURTS: Scientists say warming will hit nation's agricultural heartland Watch

Image of The climate change panel's verdict came as a bit of a surprise: Greenhouse-gas emissions played a substantial role in Europe's misery, but not so much in California.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are very few positive things to result from climate change. Researchers now say that warmer temperatures will hit America where it counts: the nation's agricultural heartland. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers presented their latest findings ... continue reading


WITCHES ARE BACK: Witchcraft reappears in today's popular mainstream culture in unexpected ways Watch

Image of Witches are seen in both religion and as a feminist symbol.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The idea of the witch is making its rounds through history again. Females, both young and old, are embracing the power that comes with the feminist witch in today's society. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a recent twitter post, popular female rapper, Azealia ... continue reading


Alaska lights up as it become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana Watch

Image of Twenty-three states still prohibit cannabis outright. The other U.S. states have either legalized medical marijuana or decriminalized marijuana possession.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The state of Alaska is lighting up in celebration... following Colorado's lead, Alaska has become the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Voters passed the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot measure last ... continue reading


The Air Force pulls a B-52 from the 'Boneyard,' and you won't believe what they did with it next Watch

Image of A B-52, one of the largest and most effective bombers in the world.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in aircraft's history, the U.S. Air Force has brought a B-52 bomber back to life from the Boneyard of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nicknamed "Ghost Rider," this 53-year-old bomber had ... continue reading


Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas on the Chair of St. Peter and the Role of the Pope

Image of

By Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

The doctrine of infallibility, then, is derived from the principle of apostolic succession and from the fact that Jesus Christ promised His presence to His apostles when He sent them forth to teach all the nations (cf. Mt 28:20).  The Pope and the bishops in ... continue reading


'I don't know' whether Obama is a Christian, Governor Scott K. Walker of Wisconsin says Watch

Image of Governor Scott Walker declined to weigh in on Rudolf Giuliani's characterization of the president's patriotism and background.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When reporters asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker about U.S. President Barack Obama's religious affiliation, he said, "I don't know." Considered a possible Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016, Walker said he was not aware of Obama's faith.  ... continue reading


Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

Image of

By Jennifer Hartline

I can't say it any better than the Dowager Countess of Grantham: Have we all stepped through the looking glass? Yes, I'm afraid that collectively, as a culture, we have indeed. We no longer seem to recognize the plainly absurd as absurd. Up is down; out is in; ... continue reading


15 'mortifying disasters' every '90s girl experienced Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Growing up in the '90s was full of iced-tips, crop tops, died hair, Spice Girls and boy bands. Being a girl growing up in the '90s, certain disastrous things could happen that would leave you "mortified." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) With some help from BuzzFeed, ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19
16 'Yahweh your God commands you today to observe ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 5:43-48
43 'You have heard how it was said, You will love ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 28th, 2015 Image

St. Hilary, Pope
February 28: Pope from 461-468 and guardian of Church unity. He was born in ... 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