Will Israel strike Iran before President Obama has a chance to sit down and talk things over man-to-man with the Thug-In-Chief? Maybe. But probably not: “the reactions of enemies … need to be taken into consideration as well.”
“Barak hints at Israel’s readiness to strike Iran,” by Amy Tiebel for Associated Press, July 10 (thanks to James):
JERUSALEM – Israel’s defense minister hinted Thursday that Israel was ready to attack Iran’s nuclear program, saying it didn’t balk before “when its vital security interests” were at stake.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s allusion to Israel’s 1981 airstrike on an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor came at a time of intensified tensions between Israel and its archenemy, Iran.
Tehran launched war games and tests of a long-range missile this week after saying Tel Aviv would be “set on fire” if Israel were to attack Iran.
“Israel is the strongest country in the region and has proved in the past that it doesn’t hesitate to act when its vital security interests are at stake,” Barak told a meeting of his Labor Party.
But he quickly tempered his remarks, noting that “the reactions of enemies … need to be taken into consideration as well.”…