Israel planned Iran strike during unrest: Report

Press TV
Israel reportedly had plans to attack Iranian nuclear facilities during the post-vote turmoil in the country.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran.

As Iran was grappling with the post-election unrest, Israel was reportedly preparing to strike the country’s nuclear facilities, a US diplomatic source says.

According to the US diplomat who is based in Jerusalem (al Quds), Israel asked the US administration for a green light to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and its other vital structures in the aftermath of the country’s post-election turmoil.

The call for the military strike came after the official announcement of the poll result in Iran prompted widespread protests across the country as opposition supporters took to the streets to protest “fraud” in the June 12 election.

Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida cited the diplomatic source as saying that the request was put forward by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bearing President Shimon Peres’s signature as well.

The administration of President Barack Obama, however, did not take any notice of the Israeli request and consequently the operation was called off.

Tel Aviv put forward the request as it accuses Tehran — a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — of pursuing a nuclear program with military objectives and argues that the use of military force is a legitimate option in halting Iran’s nuclear progress.

Iran denies the Israeli claim, insisting that its nuclear enrichment program is solely directed at the civilian applications of the technology.

The US intelligence community, which issued a new assessment on Iran’s nuclear activities on Friday, believes that a political decision is yet to be made in Iran for building a nuclear bomb.

The review by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research also contends that despite Iran’s progress toward producing enriched uranium, Tehran will not be technically capable of producing weapons-grade material before 2013.

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4 Responses

  1. Edgeralgacy says:

    Sorry for my bad english. Intresting title. It attracted me to read the complete post. Thanks

  2. Ami says:

    Good and concise article. One crucial point missing in most of the talks about security is the loss of quality of life in countries in the middle east due to the hostilities and posturing from all the sides. The situation is just complex and wasteful. If you are interested in real life in Tel Aviv take a look at my blog: – lifestyle, opinion, culture, and lots of pictures. Imagine what Israeli architects, engineers, financiers… can do together with Iranians once the political sniping was put aside! Thanks, from Tel Aviv, Israel, Ami

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