Petraeus: Israel Might Attack Iran

The Huffington Post: Army General David Petraeus told Congress that “the Israeli government may ultimately see itself so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it.”

In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama. The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons–and quickly–or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities itself.

[Of course, Iran does not pose any nuclear threat to Israel, even if Iran develops nuclear weapons. Iran does not pose a nuclear threat to Israel because the Jewish State is armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons.  Indeed, irrespective of Ahmadinejad’s statements, Iran has time and again shown itself to be pragmatic.  Israel, however, opposes Iran’s potential nuclear weapons program simply because it has been trying unsuccessfully to prevent the shift in the balance of power that has occured in recent years in Iran’s favor. While Israel enjoys having a nuclear deterrent, it wants to make sure Iran remains without one, thereby maintaining some leverage of the regime in Iran.]

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