Saturday, October 29, 2011

Are The Israelis Laying The Groundwork For An Attack On Iran?

Israeli Prisoner Swap May Be Prelude To Attack On Iran -- Washington Times

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange last week despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to “clear the deck” before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Amir Oren, the veteran military analyst for Ha'aretz newspaper, took note of Israel’s exchanging 1,027 Palestinian convicts for army Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who had been captured by Hamas in 2006. Mr. Oren wrote that the price paid by Mr. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak “can be interpreted only in a context that goes beyond that of the Gilad Schalit deal.”

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My Comment: Every few weeks there is always an article that speculates on an Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear facilities. I do not see it happening. The Israelis do not have the assets nor resources to hit all of Iran's facilities .... and would only do superficial damage on their nuclear infrastructure even if they can get a few planes into the country. The blow-back would mean war, with all the major powers interceding in the region to at least maintain oil supplies and their relationships with some of the governments in the region.

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