Is Israel going to take military action on Iran? At least, this is what Iranian authorities, especially the military, fears. After failure of the two-day Moscow dialogue, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz urged the international community for tougher action against Iran to force the country halt its controversial nuclear program.
In response to the statement, Iran’s Brigadier General Mustafa Izadi, deputy chief of staff of the country’s armed forces, said that Israel would be wiped out from the face of the Earth if Iran was attacked. The brigadier general was speaking to state news agency Fars. He threatened in unequivocal terms that if Israel initiated any military action against his country, Iran would eliminate Israel.
It may be pertinent to mention here that it was not the first time that a high ranking military officer of Iran had threatened the existence of Israel. Even President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has spared no occasion to hurl threats and abuses at Israel. Iranian regime deems Israel an illegitimate state in the heart of the Arab world and strongly desires to remove it from the map.
This is what makes the international community and Israel fearful about the nuclear Iran. The world powers believe that if Iran succeeds in developing nuclear weapons, stability of the whole region would be threatened. The world powers want to convince Iran to scale back its nuclear program for safety and stability of the whole region. The international community has been struggling to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations. So far, there have been three rounds of talks between the world powers and Iran to resolve the issue amicably, but unfortunately all the three rounds have failed to yield any positive result.
The recent Moscow dialogue was third in the series. Two rounds of talks held earlier in Baghdad and Istanbul had already failed to bring any positive outcome. After the failure of the Moscow talks, the six world powers – Russia, China, United States, Britain, France and Germany – and Iran decided to have another round of dialogue on July 3 in Istanbul to set modalities of the future negotiations over the nuclear program.
The gaps between the Islamic Republic and six world powers remain significant and fundamental, European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said in a news conference after the second-day dialogue concluded in Moscow. She also threatened Iran in a mild tone, saying, “It is choice of Iran if it wants to make diplomacy work.” The veiled threat can become a reality soon if Iran remains stubborn and does not cooperate with the international community on its controversial nuclear program.
The hyper-active military of Iran should exercise discretion and good judgment or it will invite the wrath of world powers sooner than later.