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Israel's Peres says attack on Iran likely
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Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that an attack on Iran is "more and more likely", days before a report by the UN nuclear watchdog on Iran's nuclear program.

He told Israel's Channel Two television late on Saturday: "The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon.

"We must turn to these countries to ensure that they keep their commitments... this must be done, and there is a long list of options," Peres added.
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In recent days, speculation in Israel has grown about the possibility of an pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.

On Wednesday, Haaretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak were seeking cabinet support for an attack.

And the military last week carried out what Israeli media called a "ballistic missile" test, as well as a large-scale civil defence drill simulating the response to conventional and non-conventional missile attacks.

Officials said both events were long-planned and unrelated to the speculation about military action, but both helped drive talk about whether Israel is stepping up plans for an attack.

On Sunday, Haaretz reported that US officials had failed to secure a commitment from Israel that it would co-ordinate any plans to attack Iran with Washington.

Citing unnamed US officials, Haaretz said US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had used a recent visit to Israel to make clear Washington did not want to be surprised by any Israeli attack, but received only a vague response from Netanyahu and Barak.

Still, media reports here suggest no final decision on a strike has been taken and that a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear watchdog on November 8 would have a "decisive effect" on decision-making.

Previous IAEA assessments have centred on Iran's efforts to produce fissile material - uranium and plutonium - that can be used for power generation and other peaceful uses, but also for the core of a nuclear warhead.

However, the new update, which diplomats say will be circulated among envoys on Tuesday or Wednesday, will focus on Iran's alleged efforts to put the fissile material in a warhead and develop missiles to carry them to a target.

Israeli defence analysts have described the Iranian program as "alarming", and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the report would prove "beyond doubt" its military aims. He said he hoped Iran would be targeted by a new package of international sanctions.

On Monday, Barak was forced to deny media reports that he and Netanyahu had already decided to launch an attack against Iran over the opposition of military and intelligence chiefs.

But he said "situations could arise in the Middle East under which Israel must defend its vital interests independently, without having to rely on regional or other forces".

Haaretz said most of the 15 members of Israel's security cabinet were still against an attack on Iran. Only that body can take such a momentous decision.

A poll published by Haaretz on Thursday found Israeli public opinion divided on a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, with 41 per cent in favour, 39 per cent opposed and 20 per cent undecided.

Israel has consistently warned all options remain on the table when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, which Israel and Western governments fear masks a drive for nuclear weapons.

Iran denies any such ambition and insists its nuclear program is for power generation and medical purposes only.

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday that Iran was "prepared for the worst", warning the US against heading for confrontation with Tehran.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/israels-peres-says-attack-on-iran-likely-20111106-1n1pn.html


What do you think about that? I live in Europe and I fear my country will get caught up in that mess Israel is starting there. I think if Israel wants to start a war it should stand alone.
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Which country are you from?
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well this seems like fun...Israel is going out to stop what may happen.. Heh.. oh boy. Well all i can say is that our troops "us troops" will be deployed longer if this is true. However WHY ANNOUNCE YOUR ATTACK in the damn media.
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/face palm
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oh o .... it'll be a big mess if it'll happen
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More war. Yes.
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Iran should've been disarmed long ago.
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Okay
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Cecilthedarkknight234 wrote:
well this seems like fun...Israel is going out to stop what may happen.. Heh.. oh boy. Well all i can say is that our troops "us troops" will be deployed longer if this is true. However WHY ANNOUNCE YOUR ATTACK in the damn media.


Obviously because they want support.
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underlock wrote:


Cecilthedarkknight234 wrote:
well this seems like fun...Israel is going out to stop what may happen.. Heh.. oh boy. Well all i can say is that our troops "us troops" will be deployed longer if this is true. However WHY ANNOUNCE YOUR ATTACK in the damn media.


Obviously because they want support.


it doesn't matter if they want more support or not, the best way to catch your enemy off guard is to surprise them. It's like how the usa announces we disarm nukes in the news.
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Oh dear...
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squirrel3d wrote:

Iran should've been disarmed long ago.


Why?
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squirrel3d wrote:

Iran should've been disarmed long ago.


Why?


Because they're not white.
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underlock wrote:


sindba-d wrote:


squirrel3d wrote:

Iran should've been disarmed long ago.


Why?


Because they're not white.


Next would be Israel and then Turkey, huh?
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underlock wrote:


sindba-d wrote:


squirrel3d wrote:

Iran should've been disarmed long ago.


Why?


Because they're not white.


You know I'm black IRL, right? (I mean damn, as if saying enough times in some past threads was enough...)

Remind me to stay away from political threads like this from now on....because if explain why Iran should've been disarmed long ago, it'll end up becoming a flaming debate.

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