By Joel C. Rosenberg
Rumors of a major war between Iran and Israel in 2010 continue to swirl here in Washington and in Jerusalem. But the latest headline from the Jerusalem Post is a particularly chilling one, for it raises the possibility that war may be much closer than previously thought: "We may have to attack Iran by December."
- "Israel will be compelled to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if Western powers do not impose serious sanctions against Teheran by the end of 2009," former deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh said on Wednesday. "We cannot live under the shadow of an Iran with nuclear weapons," he was quoted as telling Reuters in an interview on a visit to the UK. "By the end of the year, if there is no agreement on crippling sanctions aimed at this regime, we will have no choice."
- "Sneh reportedly stressed that a military strike would be "the very, very last resort. But ironically it is our best friends and allies who are pushing us into a corner where we would have no option but to do it…. I wonder if they will [put a tougher sanctions regime in place] quickly enough. If not, we are compelled to take action."
- "Sneh, who holds no position in the government and was speaking in his personal capacity, told Reuters it was not clear the US and EU had the decisiveness to take such steps, which should include tougher banking and oil curbs, by year’s end…."
'We may have to attack Iran by Dec.' - Jerusalem Post
Iran Must Address Nuclear Dispute in Talks, Clinton Says - Global Security Newswire
ANALYSIS - To bomb, or to bunker? Israel's Iran choices narrow - Reuters
Israelis, Palestinians Present Peace Blueprint - FOX News
Iran is a nuclear power: Ahmadinejad aide - Raw Story
Inside the Revolution - Joel C. Rosenberg (Book)