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By: AP
By: AP

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign minister says the international community's failure to stop the violence in Syria shows it cannot keep Israel safe.
Avigdor Lieberman says the inability of international leaders
and aid workers to alleviate "systematic murder of innocent
civilians" in Syria "challenges all the promises of the international community that they are responsible for our security."
Lieberman spoke Sunday on Israel Radio. His comments come as the United States tries to convince Israel to rely on global economic
sanctions and diplomacy to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions before
resorting to a military strike.
Israel is worried Iran is developing nuclear weapons that could
be used against it. Iran claims it only seeks nuclear reactors for
energy and medical research.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former security adviser to Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says key voices are being excluded from the debate over whether to attack Iran.
Uzi Arad said Saturday that the Israeli military dominates the
debate about options vis-a-vis Iran. He told Israel TV's Channel 2
this means not all alternatives to an attack are being considered.
Israel considers a nuclear Iran an existential threat. Israeli
leaders have hinted recently that they could authorize a strike on
Iran's facilities.
Arad was chief of the National Security Council under Netanyahu
before resigning in 2011. He said the council, which comprises
military officers and civilians, should be the main body discussing
the issue.
Netanyahu's office declined to confirm or deny Arad's charge.


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