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Cameron Undermines Israel's Position on Iran

10:05 AM, Mar 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Ynetnews.com reports that British PM David Cameron says the UK won't support an Israeli strike of Iran's nuclear at this time:

"I don't think as we stand today that military action by Israel would be justified," British Prime Minister David Cameron told NBC earlier this week regarding the treat of a nuclear Iran.

During the interview, which was aired overnight Friday (Israel time), Cameron said, "I don't think the Israelis should take that action now. We told them they shouldn't and said we wouldn't support it if they did. We've been very clear."

Speaking to NBC's Brian Williams at Number 10 Downing Street, the British premier said he was a "friend of Israel" and that Israel has a "right to exist as a democratic state."

Cameron, who is visiting the US, added that "It's very, very important it (Israel) knows it has strong allies like America, like the United Kingdom, but I don't support action now because, frankly, we've got more road to run in putting in place sanctions and putting in place tough measures against the regime and saying to them they need to take a different path.

One hopes that Cameron is correct and that sanctions will work. And the good news is that "An international network in control of the world's largest financial messaging system announced on Thursday it intends to cut off Iranian banks targeted by European Union sanctions," as Haaretz reported. "The move is an unprecedented measure that will effectively prevent Iranian institutions from electronically transferring global funds."

But of course one fears these measures might not be enough to deter Iran from trying to get the bomb. It would be more constructive--in terms of a deterrent measure, which is after all the point of all these actions--if the British PM did not undermine Israel's position by trying to take the military option off the table as the Western world tries to move Iran in the right direction. 

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