“In the last year, two things have happened,” Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee last Monday.
“Iran has advanced its military nuclear program, and Iran has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the international community.”
The Iranian regime means business. The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee was also told it has now enriched 1,800 kg of uranium - enough for one-and-a-half nuclear bombs.
Yet despite serious and widespread concern over its nuclear ambitions, Tehran announced last month that it plans to build ten new sites for further uranium enrichment.
It was, of course, the re-election of Ahmadinejad - widely regarded as fraudulent - and the regime’s violent crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrators in June that cost it its remaining semblance of legitimacy, not the nuclear issue.
This, and President Obama’s public and private overtures to Tehran over the last few months, have overshadowed the pro-democracy movement, but they are not separate from one another.
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