According to one State Department document, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave an ultimatum to US Congressmen to “resolve” Iran’s nuclear program by the end of 2010 or that a “military solution” would be sought.
At the same time, Barak conceded that an Israeli attack on Iran would result in “unacceptable collateral damage,” though this did not appear to dissuade him from the belief that such an attack must be launched within the “window of opportunity” that he believed would close at the end of 2010 or shortly thereafter.
US officials were said to have been concerned about the reliability of Israeli assessments, noting that Israel had predicted that Iran would have nuclear weapons by 1998 “at the latest” and has repeatedly updated to a new deadline every few years.
A separate cable also cited Israeli Defense Ministry official Pinchas Buchris insisting that the US wasn’t committed enough to attacking Iran and that Israel was willing to do so “no matter how undesirable the consequences.“
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"noting that Israel had predicted that Iran would have nuclear weapons by 1998 “at the latest” and has repeatedly updated to a new deadline every few years."
Same as with the various environmental scares (e.g acid rain, end of oil in the 1970s, end of minerals, global COOLING, and the greenhouse effect – sorry, global warming – sorry, "climate change") meant by the Left to make Westerners hate their own civilization for inventing technology: when the threats turn out to be false, they just move on to the next one. The media make sure that people won't hear of and therefore won't remember the many scares in the past.
Iraq was said by the neocons to be an imminent threat, that could bomb Western cities with nuclear weapons within just a few hours. That was false. Iran was said to have nuclear weapons in 1998 at the latest. That was false. But we are still hearing of an imminent threat of Iranian nukes today.
If the media wanted to, they could say "Israel has claimed that Iran would be an imminent nuclear threat since the 1990s, when they said Iran would have nukes in 1998 at the latest." This was known long before this Wikileak release. It would very efficiently kill the Iran scare. But they won't say that, because the media owners want the campaign against Iran, Israel's remaining big opponent in the Middle East.
When a bull has a ring in his nose and is lead around in circles by belligerent little bullies it will eventually end up in the slaughter house.
Did I miss something. When did Israel start being in a position to tell the USA to do something. What we should do is accept the idea that Israel is free to attack who ever they want. We should help in any attack that Israel desires to make but clearly we have had enough of our kids killed in useless wars for profit. I full hope Israel success and I will say a prayer for the dead IDF but I will say thanks to the american kids not injured or killed.
As long as Israel takes billions of USA taxpayers dollars it should accept our goals and desires. If Israel wants to refuse our dollars I can live with that. We might actually get a few of our veterans out of the gutter which they now live because of lack of funds to help them.
BTW I sure hope this does not become another 1973 situation were we risk everything to save the IDF from certain defeat. In 1973 we were in a position to take all our military equipment from Europe.
To save Israel in 1973 we risked losing all of Europe. I sure hope we are smarter today than 1973. I wish Israel well but it is own its own since it feels that it can dictate to the USA>
When did israel start the telling the US what to do? Since its inception probably.
We most definitely shouldn't help israel attack anyone.
Didn't think the Israelis had a level of collateral damage they considered "unacceptable."
In the future, I will choose my elected officials based on their NON-support of Israel. If I hear a peep about how "we must defend Israel at all costs" I will immediately remove his name from my list of potential candidates to get my vote.
I'm getting pretty sick of being Israel's prison b*tch- aren't you?
Oh, and that idea of supporting Israel in any attack it makes? You can forget that. Israel lost its credentials a long time ago, as far as I'm concerned. It's nothing more than a den of jackals, not to be trusted on any level.
That's the best way to chose a candidate to vote for. Support for israel is utterly incompatible with love of/care for/concern for the interests of America. American politicians who favor israel are traitors and ought to be in jail or deported to israel. Every week Congress passes some idiotic resolution in support if israels and it murderous activities, the most absurd of which has to be the guarantee to provide israel with petroleum no matter what, even if the US doesn't have any.
When was the last time Congress passed a law or resolution to benefit the American people?
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