Observation: Just in time for Democratic Convention – Israel makes do list for Obama clear

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 4 September 2012

The timing could not be better.

For months friends of Israel in the United States had to contend with what might have been interpreted as contradictory messages emanating from various Israeli sources.

But now, as the Democratic Party convenes to nominate President Obama as their candidate for the 2012 elections, Israel has come forward with a clear message as to what it needs President Obama to do.

And that’s do now.

Not in 2014.

Not in 2013.


First we had Prime Minister Netanyahu introduce the concept that Mr. Obama needs to set explicit red lines.

Today this was followed up by an interview by Prof. Uzi Arad, a former national security adviser, broadcast live on the Israel Radio Reshet Bet noon news program 4 September 2012 A recording of the “do list” is available at and IMRA’s translation appears below.

This “do list” is a list that can be embraced by all friends of Israel be they Democrats or Republicans.

It is a “do list” that can be endorsed by the entire spectrum of groups interested in Israel, from J Street and the Israel Policy Forum to ZOA and

And it’s a do list that both President Obama and candidate Romney should be urged and encouraged by their supporters to publicly embrace.

The fog has lifted.

The time for secondary and tertiary considerations and calculations is behind us.

And now, with a “do list” that cuts across the entire spectrum, all supporters and friends of Israel can join to insure its implementation.

This is a moment that transcends sectoral politics.

This is an opportunity for each and every friend and supporter of Israel to make a critical difference.


Prof. Uzi Arad, a former national security adviser, broadcast live on the Israel Radio Reshet Bet noon news program 4 September 2012

Translated excerpt:

Let’s start in terms of goals. Until today the U.S. used terms that were not the most categorical that clearly indicated its determination.

1. It can be arranged for example that at the level of presidential declarations that it is said more explicitly that the U.S. will not accept and will use all of its resources in order to prevent a nuclear Iran and in no circumstances will neither accept or countenance the situation of a nuclear Iran.

2. It can act already to receive the authorization of Congress such that if the point is reached that all diplomatic measures are exhausted that it will act with force to achieve these goals (nuclear free Iran)

3. It is made clear that the military goal of the U.S. if it does launch an operation will not be to buy time but instead it will be explicitly declared by the president that the military goal is the permanent prevention of a nuclear armed Iran.

…But you asked about additional matters. If there would be operations in the field if the Iranians crossed red lines – such that if Iran were to cross those line that this would immediately cause the launching of American forces almost automatically.

And you are correct.

There are such instances. And they are already known. But the U.S. could state them explicitly and bring them to the attention of the Iranians.

For example:

1. Any uranium enrichment beyond 20% – which they are already doing. Any enrichment beyond that that is at a military level, 60% etc., will be considered crossing a red line and will immediately lead to action.

2. Any action to undermine supervision – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) observers are there. They have equipment. They are supervising. Any action to undermine their supervision will be considered crossing a red line and immediately mean that the Iranians are moving

3. The discovery of any secret enrichment facility not yet declared by the Iranians will be considered as incontrovertible evidence that they are
moving forward such that also such a discovery will be considered the crossing of the red line…

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
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