Carter: Iran No Threat to Israel Now
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that it was almost inconceivable that Iran would "commit suicide" by launching missiles at Israel.
Speaking at Emory University, Carter, who brokered the 1979 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt, said Israel's superior military power and distance from Iran likely are enough to discourage an actual attack.
"Iran is quite distant from Israel," said Carter, 83. "I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel."
Iran's deputy air force commander said Wednesday that Israel is within range of Iran's medium-range missiles and bombers and that Tehran would strike back if Israel "makes a silly mistake."
The White House said the comments almost sound geared toward provoking a fight and Israeli officials said they take the threats seriously.
Carter did not dismiss the idea that Iran might want to attack Israel, noting Iran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment production despite two United Nations resolutions imposing sanctions on the country. Tehran insists its nuclear program is aimed at producing energy for civilian use but the U.S., its European allies and many others fear the program's real aim is to produce nuclear weapons.
"Obviously, we all hope we can do whatever we can to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power," Carter said.
Carter said unease between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank is a far greater threat to Israel's security than Iran. He criticized the Bush administration for not doing enough to broker peace in the region.
I think we all know how much of an expert Jimmy 'The Prince of Peanuts' Carter was when it comes to the Iranians. It was thanks to Mr Carters ineptitude that so many Americans were held captive against their will for 444 days.
Jimmy Carter makes a fundamental error, he assumes the Iranians will act in a Western centric logical fashion, where things will be measured in logical outcomes.
He fails to remember there's nothing logical from a western viewpoint when it comes to acting in a suicidal fashion. Something both Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and radical Islam seems to view as a worthy and admirable path.References:
AP: Carter: Iran No Threat to Israel Now
Picture credit thanks to C&F for original base of Jimmy, peanut head by Mr Bagel