Saturday, November 11, 2006

Israeli Military Strike On Iran A Possibility

An Israeli defense official is raising the possibility Israel may try to knock out Iran's nuclear program. Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh tells The Jerusalem Post that a pre-emptive military strike would be a "last resort," but he goes on to say, "the last resort is sometimes the only resort."
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh
A government spokeswoman says the defense official's comments do not necessarily reflect the official view, but Israeli leaders have said they regard Iran as their nation's number-one threat. They don't buy Iran's claim that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Iran's president has repeatedly called for Israel's destruction. Israeli warplanes bombed an unfinished reactor in Iraq 25 years ago. But experts say taking care of Iran would be much more difficult. Its facilities are spread out and some are hardened underground.