The Chronicle Herald.
In the Herald, today Nov. 20, you report : “Israel’s defence minister [Ehud Barak] took aim on Saturday at Iran’s purported nuclear ambitions.” Is it not the height of audacity for a country that refuses to sign the UN Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and holds hundreds of nuclear weapons, to attack another for purported unconfirmed nuclear ambitions? Ehud Barak goes on to say that a a nuclear-armed Iran is “unacceptable.” But, evidently, we are required to believe that Israel is perfectly entitled to hold massive nuclear weapons and threatens others with its weaponry. Is this not a clear manifestation of the saying that “The pot calling the kettle black”?
He also takes aim at “the bloody crackdown on protesters in Syria.” Here again he forgets Israel’s killing of hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank who are protesting the oppressive illegal occupation that they have been subjected to for decades.
It is to the shame of the others attending this Forum who allow this audacity and double standards to go unchallenged.
Ismail Zayid, MD.
The Chronicle Herald Nov. 20, 2011
Israeli defence boss blasts Iran, Syria
November 20, 2011 – 4:38am By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Former Israeli prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak is seen at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday, November 19, 2011. (PETER PARSONS / Staff)
Israel’s defence minister took aim on Saturday at Iran’s purported nuclear ambitions and the bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Syria.
Appearing before the Halifax International Security Forum, Ehud Barak continued to trumpet his country’s message that a nuclear-armed Iran would be “unacceptable.”
“We think we should be, as the rest of the world, determined to prevent them from turning nuclear,” Barak told an audience of security and defence experts from around the world.
Barak would not say whether Israel would launch military action against Iran without the help of other countries.
A recent report by the UN atomic agency warned that Tehran was more than likely on the way to acquiring nuclear weapons — an allegation Iran denies.
Barak met last week with Defence Minister Peter MacKay in Ottawa, where he praised the Canadian government’s stalwart support for Israel and urged closer co-operation in matters of defence.
Canada and Israel recently signed a memorandum of understanding that was meant to act as a framework for closer defence ties.
Barak also told the forum Saturday that he believes Syrian President Bashar Assad has “gone beyond the point of no return” as the bloodshed continues in his country.
The UN estimates more than 3,500 people have been killed as part of the eight-month-old uprising.
Barak said the fate of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was captured and killed by rebel troops last month, could make Assad “even more brutal.”
However, Barak also said he believes cracks are beginning to show in support for Assad and suggested his regime could come to an end in the next year.