K.S. Rajan (4 Nov 2011)
"report by BILL KOENIG"


 
 
US President says he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agree on need to maintain
"unprecedented pressure" on Iran; IAEA report on Iran to be released next week.
Israel Considers Pre-Emptive Attack On Iran

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu (L) is understood to be calling for military action against Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet
for an attack on Iran, according to government sources.
The country's defence minister Ehud Barak and the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman
are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralise Iran's nuclear ambitions.
But a narrow majority of ministers currently oppose the move,
which could trigger a wave of regional retaliation.
The debate over possible Israeli military action has reached fever pitch in recent days
with newspaper leader columns discussing the benefits and dangers of hitting Iran.
Mr Lieberman responded to the reports of a push to gain cabinet approval
by saying that "Iran poses the most dangerous threat to world order."
Italy's Berlusconi Arrives at G-20
‘Empty-Handed’ After Revamp Vow
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived at today’s Group of 20 summit with pressure mounting on him to overhaul Italy’s economy after European leaders for the first time raised the prospect of the euro area splintering.
Berlusconi is going “to Cannes empty-handed,” Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy’s leading financial daily, said today in a front-page editorial. The Cabinet last night only agreed on a “mini-plan” to fight the debt crisis, rather than accelerating a promised economic revamp through an emergency decree, the Milan-based newspaper said