OBAMA STRIKES ISRAEL AGAINST STRIKING IRAN
- US President Barack Obama has warned that he is not bluffing about attacking Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in an interview published Friday, Obama also cautioned US ally Israel that a premature attack on Iran would do more harm than good, San Fransico Chronicle reported. In his most expansive remarks on the issue thus far, Obama told The Atlantic magazine that Iran and Israel both understand that "a military component" is among a mix of many options for dealing with Iran, along with sanctions and diplomacy. That is the most direct threat he has issued during months of escalating tension with Iran over its disputed nuclear development program. His comments appeared aimed more at Israel and its supporters in the United States than at Iran. Obama addresses the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday and meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday at the White House. Netanyahu will also address AIPAC. "I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff," he said in the interview. "I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But (both) governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say." Netanyahu, speaking Friday called Iran's nuclear ambitions a "grave threat to the peace and security of the world." Obama will try to persuade Netanyahu to postpone any plans his government may have to unilaterally attack Iran's nuclear facilities in coming months.
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1842 Birth of the great Armenian benefactor, petroleum magnat Alexander Mantashian in Tbilissi. He made donations to the Church (Ejmiadsin) and founded schools in Constantinople, Tbilissi, and Kareen -among other places. He also built the new building of the Nersisian School.
- 1872 The "Union for Salvation" is formed in Van (Western Armenia).
- 1878 Treaty of San Stefano signed between Russia and Turkey. Article 16 of the San Stefano Treaty guaranteed the security of Armenians in Western Armenia under the Turkish Empire. Article 61 of the Treaty of Berlin, however, annuled these guarantees and the majority of the Armenian lands were given to the Turks.
- 1905 Start of the Armenian - Tatar War.
- 1918 Signature of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk between Russia and Germany.
- 1918 Signnature of the Russian - Turkish supplemental treaty in connection with the Peace Treaty between Russia, on the one hand, and Germany, Austria - Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey on the other.
- 1920 The Boshevik "Workers' Struggle" Armenian newspaper is published in New Nakhichevan (Rostov, Russia).
- 1930 Opening of the National Seminary.
- 1935 Birth of writer Hrant Matevossyan.
- 1943 The first volume of the novel "Vardanank", written by Derenik Demirchyan, is published during World War 2 (the Great Patriotic War). Soldiers passed it from hand to hand on the front.
- 1953 Opening of the Armenian Manuscript Depository: the Matenadaran (Architect - Mark Grigoryan). The Matenadaran has more than 13 000 ancient manuscripts and more than 100 000 archived documents.
- 1955 Hovhannes Issakov is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet (USSR).
- 1958 Yerevan's Matenadaran (Manuscript Depository) is declared a Research Institute.