Israel bites back at US over Iran talks

The White House has been informed of Tel Aviv's adamant opposition to the recent US participation in direct nuclear talks with Iran.

Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz has been lobbying top officials in Washington in objection to US exercising 'diplomacy' with the Islamic Republic.

"He (Mofaz) urged the Americans to set firm conditions, such as a refusal to allow the Iranians to enrich uranium on their turf," Reuters quoted Mofaz spokeswoman Talia Somech as saying on Friday.

She added that Mofaz took the opportunity to advise Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice against direct US-Iran talks, demanding that 'all options against Iran should not only be on table, but prepared'.

Israel, believed to be the possessor of the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, has ratcheted up its go-to-war rhetoric against Iran, threatening to unilaterally strike the country's nuclear sites if Tehran continues with uranium enrichment.

Former US presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul says, however, that there is no 'such thing as independent Israel doing anything', dismissing speculation that the world may witness unilateral Israeli bombardments of Iranian nuclear sites.

"No matter what they do, it is our money, it is our weapons, and they are not going to do it without us approving it... If they (Israelis) get in trouble, we a... >>>

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