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Israel urges Biden not to go soft on Iran, Hamas

November 11, 2008

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni urged US vice president Joe Biden in a telephone call to keep up a tough line on Iran and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, her ministry said on Monday.

“Iran, Hamas and other extremists are testing our attitude, and they must understand that the world will not be tolerant towards extremists and terrorism,” she said.

“It is of the utmost importance that we keep up our coordination against the Iranian threat because time is not on the side of the moderates,” she was quoted as saying in the call initiated by Biden, according to the ministry.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R), Foreign Minister Tzipi ... 
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R), Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (C) and Defence Minister Ehud Barak attend a memorial parliament session in Jerusalem. Livni urged US vice president Joe Biden in a telephone call to keep up a tough line on Iran and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, her ministry said on Monday.(AFP/Pool/Eliana Aponte)

AFP

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Friday issued a thinly veiled call for the United States not to rule out the possibility of a military strike against Iran because of its nuclear ambitions.

“We don’t rule out any option. We recommend others don’t rule out any option either,” Barak told journalists after talks with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Tehran denies it wants nuclear weapons, and says its atomic project is purely peaceful.

The previous day, Livni herself said that possible US talks with Iran may be problematic, highlighting possible disagreements with a Barack Obama administration.

“Dialogue at this point may be interpreted as a sign of weakness,” she said.

President-elect Obama warned during a visit to Israel in July that a nuclear Iran would pose a “grave threat,” but he also reiterated his openness to meeting Tehran’s representatives if the conditions were right.

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