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Israel Not Czechoslovakia

Israel Signaling: 'We have No Intention Of Becoming Another Czechoslovakia While World Watches Iran Develop Nuclear Weapons'

MK Isaac Ben-Israel: 'Today Israel Air Force Is Prepared To Knock Out Iran's Nuclear Capability'

U.S. Pentagon Official: 'U.S. Is Concerned That Israel Will Attack Iran Before End Of Year'

For the second time in as many days, a top Israeli security expert has warned that Israel is prepared to strike Iran's nuclear installations, if Tehran continues its drive to acquire the bomb. This time, Kadima Knesset Member Isaac Ben-Israel, an IDF Maj. Gen.(res.) told the German magazine Der Spiegel that Israel was now prepared to carry out such an operation today. In Washington, a Pentagon official has warned that the U.S. is concerned that Israel might launch such an operation by the end of the year and before a new president enters the White House.

MK Yitzak Ben-Israel

Would an Israeli air strike on Iran be considerably more difficult than on the the Iraqi reactor in 1981, because the Iranian facilities are spread over the country and many built underground, Ben-Israel replied: 'It may be more difficult, but it is possible. We could do it today'. And he added the only thing that kept Israel from acting was that it was still possible to stop Tehran by sanctions and diplomacy - however so far they have not had much of an effect. The former Israel Air Force general, who took part in the planning of Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor, said: 'Today, the Iranians are one to two years way from building a nuclear bomb.' And he added that the massive Israeli air exercise over the Mediterranean a month ago was to prepare for the eventuality that the international community would not be able to put a halt to Iran's nuclear program. It was not the first exercise and would not be the last.

When asked what type of sanctions should be imposed against Iran, Ben-Israel suggested barring Iranians from entering Europe or excluding Iran from the Olympic Games in Beijing. Trade also had to be significantly more restricted. At the same time, Ben Israel stressed there was still hope - if Russia and China supported the sanctions, the UN could stop Iran. Interviewed on Channel 23 TV, Ben Israel explained that an air strike would set back Iran for several years, therefore it was better that the Iranians themselves decided to stop developing the bomb.

The Iranian Missile Range

Washington: A senior Pentagon official has said there is 'an increasing likelihood' that Israel would attack Iran before the end of the year. He told ABC news that Israel had several red lines - primarily when Iran would produce enough enriched uranium at its Natanz facility for a nuclear weapon. Israeli intelligence estimates this could happen in 2009. However, the Pentagon official added: 'The red line is not when the Iranians reach that point, but before they get to that point'. Another Israeli consideration could be to attack before the Russian SA-20 air defense system is installed in Iran. This latest Pentagon statement comes amid speculation that President George Bush may agree to cooperate with an Israeli air strike on Iran before he leaves office in January.

The latest Israeli warnings and the reaction in Washington indicates that time is fast running out in the campaign to prevent Iranian President Ahmadinejad from acquiring the bomb. Shabtai Shavit, a former Mossad director, also told the Sunday Telegraph in Britain that Israel's recent air exercise over the Mediterranean was a simulated attack on Iran. In his view, if elected U.S. President John McCain might decide to attack Iran whereas Barack Obama would not. Israel is signaling the international community in general and the European Union in particular that it's time to take off the gloves and impose tougher sanctions on Iran. After the recent visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Israeli officials in Jerusalem are counting on France to move forcefully in this direction when it takes over the presidency of the European Union this month. In any case, Israel is also clarifying that it will not play of the role of a hapless Czechoslovakia that was abandoned by the international community and overrun by Nazi Germany at the outset of World War II.

David Essing

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