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Ex-CIA: US, Israel Planning Iran Attack Before 2008 Election

Ex-CIA: US, Israel Planning Iran Attack Before 2008 Election

Press TV
December 19, 2007

A former senior CIA analyst says the United States and Israel are planning war against Iran before the next presidential election.

Ray McGovern said Monday despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate conceding that Iran is not conducting a nuclear weapons program, a joint US and Israeli war on the Islamic Republic is likely to happen.

The former analyst expounded that the close American relationship with Israel, which alleges Iran is a threat to its existence and to the international community, is the driving force behind a potential strike.

McGovern called on those wishing to prevent a military conflict with Iran to voice their opposition to President Bush’s headstrong approach towards Tehran and its nuclear program.

Although the report by US intelligence services has meant another embarrassment for the White House over its accusation against Tehran, the US president seems to be indifferent to the assessment.

President Bush, who is scheduled to visit Jerusalem in January, bald-facedly continues his rhetoric against the Islamic Republic, claiming Tehran poses a threat to the international community.

 

Former US Intelligence official: Israel will attack Iran

Y Net News
December 21, 2007

“I came back from a trip to Israel in November convinced that Israel would attack Iran,” Bruce Riedel, a former career CIA official and senior adviser to three US presidents – including George W. Bush – on Middle East and South Asian issues, told Newsweek Thursday, citing conversations he had with Mossad and Israeli defense officials.

“And that was before the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). This makes it even more likely. Israel is not going to allow its nuclear monopoly to be threatened,” the American magazine quoted Riedel as saying in an article titled, “What will Israel do?”.

Published in early December, the American NIE determined that Iran had shelved its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

According to Newsweek, “a rising tide of opinion in Israel’s intelligence and national-security circles believes that the NIE does signal American retreat-and, more profoundly, renewed Israeli isolation over what is deemed an existential threat out of Tehran.”

‘Israel has gotten away with it’
The magazine quoted Knesset Member Ephraim Sneh, a former deputy defense minister who has “warned for years that Israel would eventually have to confront Iran alone,” as saying that “today we are closer to this situation than we were three weeks ago … we have to be prepared to forestall this threat on our own.”

David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington told Newsweek that Israel was likely encouraged by the non-reaction to their September air strike on a reported Syrian nuclear facility, “which may have been a test run for Iran, or at least a warning directed at Tehran”.

“Israel has gotten away with it in a sense,” Albright was quoted as saying. He suggested that any Israeli pre-emptive action might not be a “traditional strike” but could involve more “sabotage of equipment”.

Newsweek said Israel also knows that the Arab states are “terrified of an Iranian nuclear power, possibly to the point of looking the other way at another such strike”.

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“Israel, which alleges Iran is a threat to its existence”

Isn’t it kind of funny to say that Israel “alleges” that Iran is a threat to its existence? Iran has made that threat very loud and clear.

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