Monday, September 1, 2008
Experience we don't need.
Biden Told Israel: Get Used to Iran Nuclear Weapons
Monday, September 1, 2008 12:28 PM
Barack Obama's presidential running-mate Joseph Biden told Israeli officials that they need to accept the idea Iran will acquire nuclear weapons.
Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visiting Israel several years ago, told Israeli officials diplomacy and sanctions would be futile against Iran.
On Monday Israel's Army Radio reported details of the comments Biden made when he met with "senior Israeli officials behind closed doors."
Reportedly Biden told the officials he opposed "opening a additional military and diplomatic front" against Iran.
"Israel will have to reconcile itself with the nuclearization of Iran," Army Radio quoted Biden as telling the Israelis.
Army Radio said that at that time Israeli officials were shocked by Biden's comments.
Within Israel, a consensus across the political spectrum has developed on the Iran matter. Iran's president Ahmadinejad has stated that he will wipe Israel off the map, making clear his use weapons of mass destruction against the Jewish state.
The "gaffe machine" is in full gear.