Almighty mess in the Middle East
Dr. Josef Olmert weighs in on what’s at the center of the Middle East situation
- Duration 10:36
- Date Feb 5, 2013
Dr. Josef Olmert weighs in on what’s at the center of the Middle East situation
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Welcome back to on the -- I'm Jonathan Hunt you all know very well that there is an all my eighteen mess.
In the Middle East right now at the center of it is the civil war in Syria president Bashar Al Assad keeps murdering his own citizens.
But also -- clinging to power despite the protestations.
Of most western governments he supported it not by Russia.
But crucially he's also supported by Iran.
According to the west is planning its own it -- -- weapons program.
And then in the middle of all of this is well.
Israel increasingly threatened increasingly worried.
By the chaos that's -- -- -- increasingly leaning towards perhaps attacking Iran's nuclear sites and last week.
They attacked what was said to be any weapons convoy headed from Syria into eleven under.
And presumably into the hands of the Hezbollah militants who want -- -- sworn enemies.
So it's a mess so what do we do.
Not much right now it seems let's get into all of this -- doctor Joseph Allman -- -- professor.
Of the University of South Carolina one about favorite analysts civil things.
Middle East then dumped -- great to see you as always.
You can see -- but I I barely know way to stop but let's let's begin with that Israeli strike last week against this target.
Which was we believe somewhere between Damascus and the Lebanese border we believe that it was a convoy carrying SA seventeen service to and missiles.
What did -- why did the Israelis act now.
When I when you lose your.
Okay carefully -- we can say that I believe data was more than one pocket and everything that keep that in these any -- and the Israelis for a long time regularly -- -- -- -- -- the US and other.
They make it very clear that you from wiley didn't -- -- -- -- -- he's sneaking into powder.
They will pass Sarah dangerous weapons such as candy colored -- I think Daniel when I'm going to he's -- -- We just technique you've -- again I think they'll get to be prevented and stopped and that's exactly what.
Then so -- Israelis make Google -- won't links.
And I believe that being commission mountainous part of an international community that understands that didn't -- The -- that the Israelis as is their way he in these matters have not admitted actually carrying out these strikes the closest we got I guess was.
I think -- going -- -- we presume I'm going defense minister Ehud Barak saying that this was proof that when we say something we mean it.
Which I guess was a kind of admission but.
Do you believe that we going to see more of this kind of action from the Israelis I didn't -- and possibly.
Hezbollah targets of delta.
Believe that if and they say each week is -- anything you've got will be an attempt ever going to be more.
Obama yeah that would be very -- -- And I just felt that there is that there is a sense in which this might fit into the big a patent.
-- -- -- talking -- -- but.
If Israel were to -- attack Iran's.
And easy easy wait for Iran to react to that.
Was -- will be to get that Hezbollah proxies.
To carry out some sort of attack against Israeli interest so if you attack.
Those weapons that are on the way to Hezbollah.
You deplete their ability to retaliate if you are Israel.
Where to recommend getting a big questions about all of them and you'll live recording all of cricket -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's about the -- the company's idea you know I'm.
Because that was a lot of speculation what -- he won't let him prior to -- that it can have been -- national election against Iowa but he's probably I don't know that it that you it has ever been.
And I'm not seen it's definitely -- you look at I -- But clearly increase by luck if they're aliens who are thought if I was voted for the creation of some people anything that you want.
Operating activities -- -- -- -- if I could make it can't help it when you really can't get comfortable regular records from Syria for the people love it -- I know and the big question then all of a of a strike against Iran.
You did prime minister Netanyahu.
Set at the United Nations last September.
By spring -- or at the latest next Sama.
The Iran is will be moving on to the final stage and he seemed to be drawing well -- It didn't seem to be he literally drew a red line on that sort of cartoonish bomb during that he held up at the general assembly and said that's -- red line.
Do you believe that spring early summer remains.
The sort of deadline for the end for Israel to act.
I'm not sure about that anymore and I believe -- And let it doesn't yet I looked at it and yell it concealed the is available -- -- let me read it and athletic as you know -- You want we will open it -- it that line or acting polite.
But if you can like that I -- -- it -- be the UN.
And I think fact that you have to betting lines -- it and I think the big big big game.
Eddie -- a bit but I didn't feel that it a bit but it I think what will we should all be side by.
I don't see that didn't have the immediate future even built that new government of immigrant with a with a knowing that they talk about the -- We'll be called me bit to prevent Iran but won't be incredible political team that -- bit.
We put it all guidebook because as Heatley and let -- about -- -- about what kinds of things that didn't get you -- which are billing problem.
-- got blown out.
They are being propped up so that they think you're thinking that this big picture so widely talked about stopping the and I'll probably won't intensity.
And other bad bet that it may be more than one way it's really not that Big Apple and all about going to Iraq.
You and I have -- talking recently doctor.
About the number of high level consultations.
Between -- Israeli security officials.
And -- American kind of -- is there any significance of this sort of run of meetings we we've seen.
I -- talking about Iran are they talking about Syria they told -- at all of these things and why now.
You don't know about not talking about the PG -- Hit a pickpocket LP erotic book about Syria they don't give up at all confident that -- could -- -- particularly -- and maybe help you -- about this development and AG.
Cynthia Whitney did it benefit you in.
Oh look he's got realize that if you could be on the brink of collapse which I don't the F I think but I think that it.
Well it didn't let me say this or is it eight or -- or do you ought to think they've they've all been speculated that -- -- -- -- -- but.
But that's what -- -- all the -- repeatedly so you know we have nothing get believe it bit.
If this is always -- one of the issues it seems to me don't to a day when all of these things.
We -- we're dealing with the you know a couple of governments here the Syrians in the Iran -- who habitually do not tell the truth.
That we're dealing with another -- the Israelis to a -- habitually do not admit to anything that that plan and it makes it very operative -- -- -- -- -- look at what the heck is really going on.
Oddly I don't think they'll -- definitely will be -- athletic and government but they have not completely put the outlook for the book event.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- If I think well of course I think we will look at really anything like it -- -- it it looked at it -- who is -- romance.
That they exploit that area -- exporting -- -- but hold it against a formidable thought that happened.
And etiquette book that he is that the government like -- to get out of it it doesn't local edition of the property -- informally and site -- you go to NORAD.
I think not fear that ought to be linked to retaliate because doubt Obama can bottle predicted all the -- -- -- -- -- of course significant but no big -- I thought kind of became.
Evident -- -- what is happening in the court pick a different things up you know outgoing what I failed.
So whatever the fact that I think -- -- -- on the bench who wouldn't look in light.
-- back and let you go don't tell -- they are talking -- nuclear threats against.
The west North Korea releasing this sort of video today which appeared to look at this destruction -- of an American city.
At war between would what do we make of that other of the north Koreans.
A very serious threat here.
Thought meg so much -- they like it doesn't make too much out so could help us get -- in 98 that looked like Italian bonds being paid.
Although the local opinion we don't know -- -- problematic.
And I could pay a lot of things but every bit.
Let -- -- if that that is that you put it in the luckily I thought I'd get.
He also beat up -- that this event will feel call it what life is expected to see her title you'll need.
Going to appeal beyond our car didn't panicking at the -- lately but like that because that -- that pull -- -- great.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm going to bring out there thinking about -- caught our attention.
I don't believe that anyone -- -- because they think you know political critical Korea that you look.
If they see it going -- it had always been long been thought of -- back and and that -- -- out of the speed ball all that bad reaction to what is happening dollars -- dignity that they seriously -- regulation.
Because god got it back -- it -- -- -- big.
-- -- -- -- -- But let me hold -- hand it's also political bad but -- back and look at it that it won't that we want to believe everybody's a -- of them were completely I think -- -- and when it.
I think if you are you the week.
Yeah very interesting yeah Hezbollah.
According to the Bulgarians behind that it was an attack on a -- Of Israeli terrorists that that killed several doctor Joseph -- -- fascinated told -- as always if anybody.
Console through all of these conflicting signals it is always don't tell that -- professor at the University of South Carolina great to -- -- thank you very much to date.
Have a great -- up right all right I.