Avigdor Liberman with Janet Napolitano 370.
(photo credit: Yossi Zamir)
Israel and the international community see no Iranian intention to give
up its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday following a meeting with US Secretary of Homeland Security
"There are no illusions on Iran's intentions on its nuclear program," he said. "We see no Iranian intention to give up its nuclear
"I think the international community has no illusions on Iran's willingness to give up its nuclear program," he added.
During their meeting, Napolitano and Liberman signed an agreement adding Israel to America's Global Entry program, making it easier for holders of Israeli passports to receive clearance in order to enter the US.
Instead of waiting for an hour and a half for customs clearance at point
of entry to the US, Napolitano explained to President Shimon Peres at the signing of the agreement, they will be whisked
through in minutes.
While adding Israel to the US list was an important part of her visit, Napolitano told Peres during their meeting at the King David Hotel that cyber terrorism and how to combat it was the main focus of her visit.
A large entourage escorted the secretary of homeland security that included US Ambassador Dan Shapiro
and Israel's Ambassador to the US Michael Oren.
The US relationship with Israel is "strong and robust" said
Napolitano, citing various offices in her own department that interact
with different Israelis ministries, providing multiple opportunities for
cooperation on both sides. Scientists have been talking to their Israeli
counterparts about explosives, she said.
The challenge of cyber terrorism was an important area for cooperation
Napolitano declared, pointing out that "security, commerce, trade and
travel do not have to be opposing forces.
"If you're smart about
security it will facilitate commerce and travel," she said.
Peres told Napolitano that her position was one of the most sensitive in
the administration. He drew a parallel between economics and security,
saying that what has happened globally with regard to the economy can
also be applied to security.
Nowadays, he said, "Security depends more on arms than the size of the
army. You have a global economy without a global government and global
terror without global security."
Globality, he continued, makes national governments weaker with the
result that people respect them less, and this leads to chaotic danger that depends on disorganized coalitions.
"You have to be alert every morning," Peres cautioned Napolitano.
Turning to Israel's disagreements with Iran over the latter's nuclear program, Peres emphasized the importance of
trying to avoid bloodshed in finding a solution, "but not to give up on the essence." Israel
isn't looking for enemies, he said, "but we can't close our eyes to
The greatest danger he said, was posed by unorganized terror
groups around the world, and the only solution to this problem is a
broad-based coalition that will fight terror on all fronts."