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Iran ponders preempting Israel

Menashe Amir: 'Iran recently considered preemptive strike on Israel but backed off'

'Iran hopes and prays barrack Obama will win US presidential election'

'Global economic crisis will not impact on Iran's nuclear program'

A well informed Iranian Dr. Seyed G. Safavi has disclosed that Iranian leaders recently considered a preemptive attack with conventional weapons on Israel. The report was first carried by the Israeli daily HaAretz. Menashe Amir, an Israeli analyst of Iranian affairs, has said Tehran considered such an attack before it acquired nuclear weapons but decided against. In an interview with IsraCast Menashe Amir also said Tehran is banking on a victory by Barack Obama in the U.S presidential election.

While continuing its drive for nuclear weapons, Iran also considered a preemptive strike on Israel after some Israeli officials warned the Jewish state would not sit idly by while Iran threatened to wipe the Jewish state off the map. The news of the possible Iranian preemption was revealed by a well informed Iranian figure, Dr. Seyed G. Safavi.

Menashe Amir at IsraCast Studios

Israeli expert Menashe Amir gives high credence to Dr. Safavi who is known to have close ties with the Iranian regime. Amir also notes that several months ago, Iranian president Ahamadinejad warned: 'we will cut off the hands of anyone who plans to attack us before they can do so!'

However, the Iranian leadership realized it does not currently have the military means to carry out such a preemptive attack on Israel. Tehran also feared that such a strike would trigger a total war against Iran. When asked about the US presidential election, Menashe Amir replied: 'Iran hopes and prays Barack Obama will win the election'. The Iranians believe an Obama victory will remove the threat of an American military operation against Iran's nuclear installations.

Will the global economic crisis impact on Iran, forcing it to reduce spending on its nuclear weapons program? Amir does not think it will, because Tehran has large foreign currency reserves, greater than it is willing to admit. Although much of the Iranian population lives in poverty, Iranian leadership was determined to continue financing its nuclear weapons program.

David Essing

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