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August 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Netanyahu: Delaying Iranian Nuclear Program Warrants Military Action

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during a visit to Israel. Photo: wiki commons.

JPost – Setting Iran’s nuclear plans back a few years to buy time for regime change or other unforeseen developments is beneficial in its own right, even if Israel cannot completely take out Iran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said recently in private meetings, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Netanyahu, in those meetings, has repeated a number of times that before Israel’s 1981 attack on Iraq’s nuclear reactor the Mossad and Military Intelligence were opposed because they thought that the best that could be done was to delay the program for a couple of years.  They also argued at the time, Netanyahu has said, that nothing would be solved in the long term, and that the operational risks were too high.

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  • Mark NYC

    Like many Israeli’s,I am skeptical that Obama will launch an attach on Iran under any circumstances. That being the case, my feeling is that if I were an Israeli citizen, I would support Netanyahu’s position on this matter. However, I don’t live in Israel and therefore won’t have to suffer the consequences of an Iranian counterattack. The Israeli’s, who have to think about their families and future, will therefore have to be the one’s to make this decision with all it’s potential horrific consequences. Unfortunately, not taking action may very well lead to even more horrific consequences. One can only pray for them, that they have the courage and will to make the right choices and do what must be done. Personally, it is my view that if the Iranians are attacked by Israel, their response against the U.S. will be very limited since they will not wish to chance a brutal U.S. response, something that Obama has shown he is capable of doing.