Russia Warns Israel: Don’t Strike Iran

Feb 24, 2012 No Comments by

From: www.virtualjerusalem.com/news
Russia warned Israel not to attack Iran over its nuclear program, saying on Wednesday that military action would have catastrophic consequences
“Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said at a news conference.


“Therefore I hope Israel understands all these consequences … and they should also consider the consequences of such action for themselves,” Gatilov said.


Russia’s warning comes after British Foreign Minister Douglas Hague said earlier this week: “I don’t think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran. I think Israel like everyone else in the world should be giving a real chance to the approach we have adopted on very serious economic sanctions and economic pressure and the readiness to negotiate with Iran. That’s what we need to make a success of.”


The United States also is pressuring Israel not to use force. US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that the US believes that “the Iranian regime is a rational actor and it’s for that reason, I think, that we think the current path on Iran is the most prudent path at this point.”


In similar warnings to Israel, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy said earlier this month that “the solution is never military” and Japan’s prime minister said a strike would be “dangerous” and could escalate the standoff between Iran and the West.


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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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