French-language news magazine L’Express reports that the Israeli Air Force recently held air refueling drills between Israel and the small British held territory of Gibraltar, a 3,800 km flight which is leading some to speculate the the nation is making “concrete preparations” for a potential attack against rival Iran.
The report comes just days after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Austria’s Kleine Zeitung that Israel would not attack Iran, even if the US-led sanctions against the nation failed to get them to abandon their civilian nuclear program.
Speculation about a potential Israeli attack against Iran has been fueled for years by repeated threats by Israeli officials to do exactly that. The revelation of the preparatory drills, coupled with comments by Israel’s incoming Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, are resurrecting concern about the attack despite Lieberman’s attempt to quell concern, inconveniently enough as the controversial Israeli FM heads to Europe.
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I am of the opinion that there will be NO attack by Israel on Iran and I am getting tired of hearing this loud "echo chamber" continuous loop playing every few days on when and hos Iasrael will attack Iran. Its simply a good reason to put up inflamatory headlines and get people to read.
Any nation, particularly Israel, would never telegraph their intentions so openly about an impending attack. They would gaurd that information and then use the element of surprise to attack and the only time we would hear about it is when the attack is done. So ENOUGH already with the "israel will attack Iran" headlines.
Curiously though, never is any mention given to the fact that this raiding party of killers will have to fly over Jordan and never is a Jordanian government official asked about how they will react to this overflight of their territory, even though its known by now that Jordan is not only an American satelite, but equally an Israeli one as well and that permission for such a raid, assuming it will ever happen, has already been approved. Just curious is all.
In any case, there will be NO Israeli attack on Iran. Give it a rest already!
I agree that Israel won't attack Iran. Why would they when the U.S. will do it for them? Biden, Rahm, Clinton and Axelrod will do everything they can to get this war started (behind the scenes, of course.) The Obama puppet is too complaint to offer any real objections.
The best way to prevent war in connection with this situation is to provide Israel with security guarantees and to bring authentic diplomatic pressure on Iran to halt it's nuclear activities, concerning which it is common knowledge that a nuclear weapons program is at issue.
Instead, the world, and most prominently the Obama administration, is dithering around on the Iran issue, which in turn makes Israel nervous about its existential status and brings about a higher likelihood of military confrontation with Iran.
If the world wants to prevent war between Israel and Iran, then Israel should be reassured that peace, not nuclear destruction, is at hand.
Iran has every right to have nuclear power. They are following strict guidelines set up by the NPT they signed and the IAEA that is monitoring what they are doing. The real aggressor is israel. They got everything illegal and underhanded the way they do everything.
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