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sun
26 Sep 08,, 05:49
LONDON (AFP) Israel seriously considered bombing Iran's nuclear sites earlier this year but US President George W. Bush refused to support such a strike, according to a British newspaper report.

Quoting senior European diplomatic sources, The Guardian said Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert raised the issue with Bush in a one-to-one meeting May 14.

Bush said he would not support such a strike because of fears of retaliation, possibly on US targets in Iraq and Afghanistan, and concerns that the Israelis would fail to disable Iran's nuclear facilities anyway, it said.

The newspaper noted that even if Israel had wanted to go ahead without Washington's agreement, its planes would be unable to reach Iran without passing through US-controlled airspace above Iraq.

Iran would be bound to assume that Washington approved the strike, raising the prospect of an attack against the United States, it said.

Israel considers Iran its greatest threat, because of Tehran's accelerating nuclear programme and repeated statements by its leaders predicting the Jewish state's demise.

Israel and the United States accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons, while Tehran has insisted its programme is entirely peaceful.

Neither the United States nor Israel -- the Middle East's sole, if undeclared, nuclear armed state -- has ruled out a military response to the nuclear standoff.

Olmert's spokesman, Mark Regev, told The Guardian: "The need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is raised at every meeting between the prime minister and foreign leaders. Israel prefers a diplomatic solution to this issue but all options must remain on the table."

US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said he would not comment on any private conversations the president had.
AFP: Israel wanted to bomb Iran this year, US said no: report (http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g12e8v7K3l2KlaPku-F8j2oSUCjA)

Can Israel alone take out all of Iran's nuclear facilities?

Mercenary
26 Sep 08,, 05:51
Will we see a unilateral israeli strike on the targets??..ala "operation wrath of god" after the munich disaster

Sumku
26 Sep 08,, 18:09
Can Israel alone take out all of Iran's nuclear facilities?

No.

Sumku
26 Sep 08,, 18:11
Will we see a unilateral israeli strike on the targets??..ala "operation wrath of god" after the munich disaster

No. Not unless US backs it big time. Just allowing Israeli planes over flying pass is not enough for Israel to do any worthwhile damage to Iran's Nuclear facilities.

For that to happen, US has not only to support Israel overflying rights but would have to actively participate in it.

sun
27 Sep 08,, 03:58
From Israels point of view, it is now or never.
Because, as mentioned in one more thread, once Iran gets s-300 or other air defence system, it would become very difficult for air raids, without much losses.