Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Iran Successfully Tests Missiles Capable Of Reaching Israel
The Iranian government's announcement that it had tested medium and long-range missiles with a maximum range of 1,250 miles is quite unsettling to Israel. How the candidates for U.S. president react to this news is very important to this ally. A headline in the Israel Insider says it all: "Obama wants to discuss 'em, McCain wants to down 'em." Obama's call for "diplomatic engagement with Teheran and threats of sanctions to try and persuade the Iranians to act nicely" isn't sitting well in Israel as you might expect. "His call for negotiations came as a senior Iranian advisor was quoted as saying that Tel Aviv will be first target to burst into flames," the Israeli news magazine says. McCain's response to the missile test was more well-received. "Ballistic missile testing coupled with Iran's continued refusal to cease its nuclear activities should unite the international community in efforts to counter Iran's dangerous ambitions," McCain said. "Working with our European and regional allies is the best way to meet the threat posed by Iran, not unilateral concessions that undermine multilateral diplomacy."