Defense Minister Ehud Barak _311.
(photo credit: Reuters/Blaire Gable)
Israel has not made any commitment to Washington not to attack Iran's
nuclear facilities during its negotiations with the West, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak emphasized Tuesday morning.
In an interview
from Colombia with Army Radio Barak said, "I do not believe the efforts
of the international community to stop Iran's nuclear program will bear
"The time spent in this process is very precious," he continued.
a separate interview with Israel Radio, the defense minister reiterated
that Israel did not believe the talks would lead to the desired
solution, but added that he would be pleased to learn that he is
mistaken. He said that the talks must lead to a clear outcome - a halt
of Iran's nuclear program.
He also stated that postponing the
talks by five weeks presents Iran with a prize, and the opportunity to
continue to develop its nuclear program.
Addressing the videotape of of Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, the IDF officer filmed slamming his M16 into the face of a Danish activist, Barak said such behavior was "unacceptable."
According to the defense minister, Eisner must be allowed to present his side, and the IDF was correct in suspending him as an initial response. Barak emphasized that Eisner's actions do not match the IDF's values, and require a full investigation.
Barak was due to leave Colombia for Washington, where he is scheduled to meet with his American counterpart Leon Panetta. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday
that he United States will maintain sanctions and other pressure on Iran as Tehran considers what it will bring to the table in the next round of talks over its nuclear program.
Iran's foreign minister was quoted earlier Monday as saying his country was ready to resolve all nuclear issues
in the next round of talks with world powers if the West starts lifting sanctions.
was unclear whether Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was
suggesting that sanctions be lifted before Iran takes steps to reassure
the West over its nuclear activities, but US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton made clear that would not be possible.
"I believe in
action for action but I think in this case the burden of action falls on
the Iranians to demonstrate their seriousness and we are going to keep
the sanctions in place and the pressure on Iran as they consider ...
what they'll bring to the table in Baghdad and we'll respond
accordingly," Clinton told reporters in Brasilia when asked about