Iranian-nuclear-plantReuters 8 Nov. 2011Iran has worked on developing an atomic bomb design and may still be conducting research relevant for such weapons, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in its most detailed and hardest-hitting report on military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear program.”The agency has serious concerns“. The data “indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”

The Guardian 8 Dec. 2011Israel is expected to call for increased sanctions against Tehran amid growing fears it could be preparing to attack Iran’s nuclear installations.
The former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said this week that she expected Israel to take military action in the event of Iran reaching nuclear capability.

DEBKAfile 8 Nov. 2011 US President Barack Obama is backing away from crippling sanctions on Iran’s central bank and an embargo on its oil trade. after the UN report and Israel intelligence experts found that Iran could build a weapon as soon as it so decided. 1. Because it is too late. Nothing can stop Iran from building a nuclear device.  2. Severe penalties against Iran’s central bank and its fuel exports would exacerbate the turmoil on international financial markets. 3. For the first time in American history, Washington has admitted its military capabilities are constrained by economic concerns.4. Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday in a radio interview that he was not optimistic about tough sanctions because there was no international consensus to support them. That option has vanished from the Washington landscape, leaving Israel with a choice between a military strike or bowing to the Obama administration’s acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran and learning to live with this ever-present menace.

Debkafile’s intelligence sources report that Russia and China would not only cast their votes against stiff penalties but disrupt them through marketing mechanisms Those mechanisms have also been placed at the disposal of Syria.
The Israeli defense minister noted Israel is a sovereign country and its government cannot shirk responsibility for defending its security.
Israel’s existence was not at stake, Barak stressed - either from Iran’s missiles or Hizballah’s rockets. An attack would cause suffering on the home front, he said, but nowhere near the 100,000 mentioned in the speculation of the last two weeks – or even 5,000. He dismissed much of this speculation as wildly irresponsible and unfounded.

Comment: How can he be that certain of that? See this. Is there a foregone agreement between Israel and Iran? The same stark choice confronts Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf.

HAARETZ 8 Nov. 2011: During a private conversation with Barack Obama at last week’s G20 meeting, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard by journalists to say, “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.” Obama responded by remarking, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!” The comments were caught after a microphone was accidentally left on following the conclusion of the conference.

Infowars 8 Nov. 2011:The exchange highlights a deepening gulf between western powers and Israel over plans to attack Iran, with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe making it clear today that France does not support a military campaign. It seems likelier that Israel will exploit a contrived pretext to prove that Iran represents an imminent threat to its security, an event that will carry far more shock value than the text of an IAEA report.