U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 3, 2011
Photo / GettyAmid 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.Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, coined the phrase "zone of immunity" to define the circumstances under which Israel would judge it could no longer hold off from an attack because Iran's effort to produce a bomb would be invulnerable to a strike. But judging when that moment will arrive has set off an intense debate with the Obama administration, whose officials counter that there are other ways to make Iran vulnerable.UN Chief:
"It is crucial for Israelis, Palestinians to engage"
(Note: Video actually shows Peres when Netanyahu is mentioned)UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that "it is crucial for Israelis and Palestinians to remain engaged, submit proposals on territory and security, and build the confidence."The secretary-general, who just returned from his trip to the Middle East, made the statement when he was speaking to reporters here after he briefed the UN Security Council on his Middle East tour