Panetta urges Israel to ‚reach out‘ to Turkey, Egypt and Palestinians

03.12.2011                      07.Kislev. 5772                      Wajeze


Panetta urges Israel to 'reach out' to Turkey, Egypt and Palestinians

U.S. Defense Secretary says Obama has not ruled out using military force on Iran, but warns of unintended consequences of a U.S. or Israeli strike.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel on Friday to "reach out and mend fences" with Turkey, Egypt and other security partners in the Middle East, saying he is troubled by the Jewish state's growing isolation in the volatile region.
He also pressed Israeli leaders to do more to restart peace talks with the Palestinians – "Just get to the damned table" – and underscored President Barack Obama's determination to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He called Iran "a very grave threat to all of us" and said any Iranian disruption of the free flow of commerce through the Persian Gulf is a "red line" for the U.S….