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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 06:44 AM
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Report says Israel may delay Iran attack
Edited on Fri Mar-09-12 07:04 AM by No Elephants
Report says Israel may delay Iran attack

Published: March. 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

JERUSALEM, March 8 (UPI) -- <snip>

Quoting unnamed western diplomatic and intelligence sources, the Hebrew language daily Maariv said Thursday the United States has agreed to supply Israel with bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to delay a military strike on Iran this year.

<snip>

The sources said the American president made it clear to Netanyahu that an Israeli attack uncoordinated with the U.S. military will have serious implications regarding regional stability and relations between the two countries.

The sources said it will be "difficult if not impossible" for Israel to ignore Obama's warnings.

The report claims Israel will agree not to take any action against Iran at least until the end of 2012, after the upcoming U.S. elections.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/03/08/Repor...



A related story?



March 8, 2012 5:10 PM

Ex-Mossad chief: Iran rational; don't attack now

(CBS News) The former head of Israel's intelligence service believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - who has called for Israel to be annihilated - acts in a somewhat rational way when it comes to Iran's nuclear ambitions. While the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran becomes an election year issue, ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan sits down with Lesley Stahl to discuss the Iranian nuclear program and stress that now is not the time to attack it. The 60 Minutes interview will be broadcast Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

<snip>.



So he doesn't advocate a pre-emptive Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear industry anytime soon, an attack that he said would have to be against "a large number of targets." There is time to wait before such dire actions need to be taken. In the meantime, he thinks that to foment regime change is a smarter tactic. "It's our duty to help anyone who likes to present an open opposition against their regime in Iran," says Dagan. He refused to answer whether Israel has supported the youth groups who have publicly protested against the regime in the past.

Ultimately, the Iranians cannot be allowed to get a nuclear weapon but an attack on their nuclear sites now would be a mistake he says. "An attack on Iran before you are exploring all other approaches is not the right way," Dagan tells Stahl.


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57393715/ex-mossa... /

The word "now" appears a lot in the story. :shrug:

Also: "President Obama urges patience to let sanctions work in dealing with Iran." http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7401462n&tag=cbs...

Seems unanimous.

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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 06:10 PM
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1. Why Israel thinks it would be smart to openly support Iranian opposition groups is beyond me
Especially since most such groups are on the left or are Iranian nationalists (the right wingers are here in the States).
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