“Military option continues to provide Israel leverage against Iran, US”

“Military option continues to provide Israel leverage against Iran, US”
November 23 & 24, 2009
     Steven Simons asses the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, concluding that Israel, while wary of the possibility of war with Iran and strained ties with the US, can and will act if it perceives an imminent existential threat from a nuclear Iran. Simons argues that an Israeli attack would harm US interests and urges the US to remain engaged in multilateral efforts to pressure and contain Iran while providing Israel reassurances, rather than warnings, regarding the durability of their “special relationship” (Council on Foreign Relations).
     Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently stated that the US and Israel “don’t even think about [attacking Iran],” claiming that neither has the “courage” (Uskowi on Iran). On Sunday, Iran started a 5-day defense exercise involving the Revolutionary Guard and covering an area a third the size of Iran (Global Security Newswire). Due to the delayed delivery of Russia’s S-300 antiaircraft missiles [previously covered here], Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told reporters Iran plans to design and produce indigenous air-defense missiles (Associated Press).
Council on Foreign Relations | Uskowi on Iran | Global Security Newswire | Associated Press

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