Thursday, 12 August 2010

'Israel set to hit Iran's N-sites within a year'

Israel may launch a unilateral attack on Iranian nuclear facilities within a year if the Obama administration fails to assure Tel Aviv that it is serious about foiling Tehran's atomic ambitions, a media report said.

Israel will carry out the military attack without asking for Washington's famous "green light" or even give couple of false pre-attack alerts, according to Atlantic magazine's yet-to-be published story, obtained by Ha'aretz daily. " day next spring, Israeli national security adviser, Uzi Arad, and Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, will simultaneously telephone their counterparts at the White House and the Pentagon, to inform them their PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, has just ordered roughly one hundred F-15Es, F-16Is, F-16Cs, and other aircraft of the Israeli air force to fly east toward Iran," the article says.

The article's authorJeffery Goldberg bases his arguments on dozens of interviews he conducted in recent months with Israeli, American and Arab officials and is of the opinion that the possibility of an Israeli strike has crossed the 50% mark. The results of such an attack will be dire and the unilateral operation might throw relations between Jerusalem and Washington into an unprecedented crisis, and could even unleash a full-scale regional war with possible economic repercussions for the whole world.

Romania says it will stand by Israel in event of conflict with Iran
Romanian President Traian Basescu tells President Shimon Peres his country will stand by Israel if it attacks Iran.

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