To hear Israeli officials talk, the war on Iran is more a matter of “if” than “when.” But new reports today in the Israeli press are throwing doubt into what the war will look like and what role the US will play in it.
The Obama Administration keeps talking up the idea of adding more and more sanctions against Iran, and Israel’s Channel 2 News is now quoting unnamed US sources saying that while they are committed to Israel’s defense they wouldn’t necessarily join into a war just because Israel starts it.
Unlikely as that seems, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom’s got an even more unlikely hypothetical today, saying in his own interview on Israeli Radio that he doesn’t think Iran would necessarily do anything if attacked, but might just let it slide.
Israeli officials have been trying to compare this to the quick in-and-out air strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981, but attacking Iran’s civilian nuclear program is expected to be a protracted bombing campaign targeting several sites nationwide. It seems unthinkable that Iran is simply going to sit back and let such an attack happen without any reaction.
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