ISRAEL, U.S. SPLIT OVER IRAN ISSUE
- Amid mounting tensions over whether Israel will carry out a military strike against Iran's nuclear program, the United States and Israel remain at odds over a fundamental question: whether Iran's crucial nuclear facilities are about to become impregnable.
The U.S. and Israel have a "significant analytic difference" over estimates of how close Iran is to shielding its nuclear program from attack, Aaron David Miller, a former Mideast peace negotiator in the Clinton administration, told Bloomberg News.
"There's a growing concern -- more than a concern -- that the Israelis, in order to protect themselves, might launch a strike without approval, warning or even foreknowledge," he said in an interview.
The diplomat explained Israel's haste by Iran's programs. The Israelis have zeroed in on Iran's plan to put much of its uranium enrichment near Qum in an underground facility beneath so many layers of granite that even the Pentagon acknowledges it would be out of the reach of its best bunker-busting bombs. Once enrichment activities are under way at Qum, the Israelis argue, Iran could throw out United Nations inspectors and produce bomb-grade fuel without fear the facility would be destroyed.
In the meantime, the Obama administration believes that the sanctions against Iran will be effective.
" 'Zone of immunity' is an ill-defined term," said a senior Obama administration official, expressing frustration that the Israelis are looking at the problem too narrowly, given the many kinds of pressure being placed on Tehran and the increasing evidence that far tougher sanctions are having an effect.
"Tehran needn't have jeopardized the country's security and economy for nuclear weapon," The New York Times writes.
- 440 Death of Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian alphabet.
- 1828 Signature of the agreement proposed by the Persian Monarch. It was concluded at Turkmenchay. According to this agreement, the Russo-Persian War of 1826-1828 was terminated. Yerevan and Nakhijevan, as well as the whole of Transcaucasia, were joined to Russia.
- 1918 The Transcaucasian Seim opens in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1935 Birth of Zori Balayan (physician, Artsakh movement activist).
- 1939 Death of Archbishop Torgom Gooshakian of Jerusalem. He was a literary figure and philologist .
- 1950 Death of Armen Tigranyan (composer) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1879.
- 1960 Completion of the Karadak-Kazakh-Yerevan gas pipeline. The torch at Yerevan's Lenin square is lit.