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News number: 9106063210

17:00 | 2012-09-12

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Former Ambassador: Israel Alone Again, As Usual

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israelis need to get used to the idea that they are alone on Iran, former Israeli ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval said.



Israelis need to get used to the idea that they are alone when it comes to dealing with Iran - and that they should not expect that the US will fight Israel's battles for it.

In an interview with Zionists' extremist website, Arutz Sheva, former Israeli ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval said that Israeli and US interests diverged when it came to Iran. "We need to get used to the fact that, as usual, we are alone," he said.

The current situation, he said, was reminiscent of the situation before the Six Day War, when Israel received no support from the US - and indeed, was told point-blank by the Johnson administration that if Israel took the initiative and actively attacked Egypt, it would have to suffer the consequences itself.

The US, he said, will stand behind Israel if it appears necessary - if Israel, for example, appears to be losing - but when it comes to decisions on how to fight others, Israel should not expect the US to make recommendations.

The US interest in the events in the Midldle East surrounding Iran go far beyond Israel's concerns over a nuclear Iran, Shoval said. Until the election, the question of how an Israeli attack will affect his campaign is the number one interest of US President Barack H. Obama, but Obama finally seems to have decided that he needs to take care of America's economy, Shoval said - and if reelected, that domestic agenda will be far more important to him than a nuclear Iran.

With that, he added, the US understands that it must act to prevent Iran from going nuclear - not necessarily to save Israel, but to save its strategic position in the world, and in the Middle East in particular.

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran has warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.