Mar 5, 2009

New Report Says Time Running Out to Stop Iran from Going Nuclear

By Joel C. Rosenberg

...Israel seriously considering a strike

A new report by a highly respected U.S. think tank indicates time is running out for the West to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons. In fact, “Iran is likely to obtain a nuclear weapon within a year as it already has access to enough fissionable material to manufacture 50 warheads," concludes a report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The report urges the new U.S. administration to “strengthen its policies to prevent, mitigate or counteract cascading instability resulting from Iranian nuclear progress.” But the report warns that “time is short.” If the Obama administration does not act decisively, the authors warn that “Israel may decide to act unilaterally” and that Israeli leaders seem convinced that they have a military option. “However, Israelis see the option fading over the next one to two years, not only because of Iran’s nuclear progress and dispersion of its program but also because of improved Iranian air defenses, especially the expected delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system from Russia.”

Related Links

'Israel seriously considering Iran military op' - The Jerusalem Post
Israel won't wait for diplomatic solution to Iran nukes impasse - Haaretz
Obama's Iran Crisis - Wall Street Journal
Preventing a Cascade of Instability - Washington Institute For Near East Policy