Iran: Israel Won´t Launch ´Stupid´ Attack (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 08/15/12)
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Iran dismissed on Tuesday the possibility that Israel would launch an
attack on its nuclear facilities.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters that the
likelihood of an Israeli attack is slim, and added Iran is not taking
seriously the threat of attack.
“Even if the Israeli government decides to make such a stupid move,
it will not happen and Israel will suffer the consequences,”
He added, “These threats stem from the Zionists’ internal problems
and the social crisis there, and this indicates that they are empty.”
Tehran´s ISNA news agency quoted Iranian Defense Minister General
Ahmad Vahidi as having that “Israel definitely doesn´t have what it
takes to endure Iran´s might and will.”
Vahidi added that Israel´s threats were “a sign of weakness”
by “brainless leaders.”
Speculation has increased over the past few days about an Israeli
strike aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Some
have speculated that such an attack by Israel could likely occur in
September or October.
On Monday, the daily newspaper Maariv reported that Israel has
received assurances from the Obama administration, as well as the
camp of Republican presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, that the United
States will join a war against Iran on Israel´s side, if such a war
According to the report the assurances were delivered in secret
messages to senior officials in the bureau of Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, from officials close to Obama and from Romney political
advisors as well as Republicans who served in senior roles in former
administrations and are expected to serve in important roles again if
Romney is elected.
On Tuesday, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S.
military´s Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
attempted to play down a possible Israeli attack in Iran.
Dempsey told reporters that he believes an attack by Israel “can
delay but not destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities,” while Panetta
said he did not believe that Israel has made a decision regarding an
attack on Iran.
Panetta added that the U.S. believes there is still room for
diplomacy with Iran, echoing remarks made a day earlier by White
House spokesman Jay Carney. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/15/12)
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