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Israel urges US decision on Iran strike

Yitzhak Benhorin
YNet News [1]
Aug 16, 2012

Israel and the United States are on a diplomatic collision course over whether immediate military action needs to be taken against the Iranian nuclear program.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey noted Tuesday that an Israeli strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities may be able to hinder Tehran’s atom ambitions but it will not destroy the nuclear program.

“Militarily, my assessment hasn’t changed. And I want to make clear, I’m not privy to their planning. So what I’m telling you is based on what I know of their capabilities. And I may not know about all of their capabilities. But I think that it’s a fair characterization to say that they could delay but not destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities,” he said.

But could it be that creating such delays is the way to go? “Israel would be willing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, even if doing so only delayed its ability to produce nuclear weapons for a few years,” Israel’s Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said in a Bloomberg interview.

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