Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Rice does not oppose operations against Iran

On a visit to the Middle East, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she does not oppose Israeli military operations against Iran.
“Well, I think that even talk of such just shows how very serious it would be to have Iran continue its programs unabated,” Rice said.
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 10, Rice said the US will continue to help its allies in the region who feel threatened by Iran. “But I think that there is still plenty of room for diplomacy here,” she said.
Rice insisted that Israel refrain from speaking with Syria.
“My understanding is that there have been very little signs of Syria having anything positive to say. Syria is, after all, engaged in trying to undermine the government of Lebanon,” said Rice. “Syria is, of course, continuing to play a negative role in the Palestinian conflict. But there's just no indication that the Syrian government has anything but disruptive plans right now.”
In response to the question of Olmert’s political weakness and ability to make definitive decisions she said, “in the interest of Israeli politics, this is for Israel to decide.”

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