Reports: Israel nears attacking Iran
March 5, 2009
Top US politicians have reportedly said that Israel is seriously considering taking unilateral military action against Iran.
As the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program heats up, top US advisors and experts on Middle East affairs, released a report on Wednesday, saying “Israel’s time frame for action (against Iran) is growing shorter.”
The experts at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) said Israel feels an urgent need to take action against what it called “Iran’s advancement in acquiring nuclear weapons.”
In the article: “Preventing a Cascade of Instability,” the bipartisan group reiterated that the Israeli officials were alarmed that “Tehran might soon acquire upgraded air defenses and disperse its nuclear program to additional locations.”
Several authors of the report however have met with high-level Israeli officials to evaluate their perspective, and noted that Israel is not interested in becoming part of an “American nuclear umbrella”.
“A declared US guarantee would clarify a situation of ambiguity that may already work to Israel’s advantage,” the report noted. Also, “many Israelis fear that a declared US guarantee could come at the price of circumscribing Israel’s freedom of action in confronting existential dangers.”
This is while former US ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, noted that the timetable for an Israeli attack might be “significantly” moved up if Tel Aviv was under the impression that Russia was going to supply Iran with the S-300 surface-to-air missile system which would get in the way of any Israeli attack.
The 10-page document urges for more international sanctions and expanding financial pressure on Iran.
Israel ‘Seriously Considering’ Attacking Iran
Written by www.daily.pk
Friday, 06 March 2009 01:07
A report issued today by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) warned that the Israeli government believes that it still retains the ability to destroy Iran’s nuclear program with a unilateral attack, and as the international community’s diplomatic path remains unsuccessful in stopping a weapons program or indeed proving that one exists, Israel is “seriously considering” attacking Iran.
The prospect of an attack is primarily in the near term, because the attack on Iran’s illusory secret nuclear weapons program would be seriously complicated by the prospect of the Iranian government acquiring an S-300 air defense system from Russia. Russia has repeatedly insisted that it doesn’t intend to give Iran the system, but the IAEA insists Iran doesn’t have the ability to make nuclear weapons either. The Israeli government is less interested in the reality of the situation than with what has been repeated over and over domestically: that Iran is an “existential” threat to Israel and has to be stopped with military force.
But the WINEP report points out that Israel isn’t the only one that stands to lose from such an attack: the US would pay an enormous penalty internationally because whether it is the case or not they will be perceived as having given Israel a green light for the attack.