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Top US Republican senator Richard Lugar

Top US Republican senator Richard Lugar

We’re really going to have hell to pay. They will come back on us, and the implications for the Israeli people here are very severe.” Top Republican Senator Richard Lugar
Top Republican Senator Richard Lugar has warned the US and Israel against the ramifications of any military adventurism against Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program. “We’re really going to have hell to pay. They will come back on us, and the implications for the Israeli people here are very severe,” said Lugar in a TV interview with Bloomberg. The leading foreign-policy expert in the US Senate alluded to Iran’s achievements in nuclear energy program and noted, “I understand even some wanting to go to war immediately to stop it where it is and so forth… But even within Israel, the reports are that the debate with Netanyahu is very intense.” Israel is stepping up the threats of carrying out a unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities. However, the US opposes any Israeli military action at the current juncture with presidential elections less than two months away. Tension between Israel and the United States over Iran's nuclear energy program bubbled to the surface again earlier this month when White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Washington insists there is still “time and space” to resolve the issue over Iran’s nuclear program. US President Barack Obama said on September 23 that Israel’s call for drawing a red line over Iran’s nuclear energy program is just “noise” he tries to ignore. ASH/HJL/MA
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