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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The deputy defense minister suggested Friday that Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's disputed nuclear program - the clearest statement yet of such a possibility from a high-ranking official.

"I am not advocating an Israeli pre-emptive military action against Iran and I am aware of its possible repercussions," Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh, a former general, said in comments published Friday in The Jerusalem Post. "I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort."

Sneh's comments did not necessarily reflect the view of Israel's government or of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said government spokeswoman Miri Eisin.

Olmert, who was arriving in Washington on Sunday, said he was confident in the U.S. handling of the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program. The Bush administration and ...

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 Re: Israel Official: Strike on Iran Possible

Israel couldn't complete the last invasion, how will they succeed in this endeavor...

Only by the power of God, so if they fail what will we learn from this?

In Christ
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 Re: Jeff

Like boxing, this war, against the jihadis is in rounds.

Nasrallah, admidst the cries of 'Death to Israel, Death ot America', stood admist a vast crowd recently and said they had "beaten" Israel.

Thats brave talk, from a man, A muslim CLERIC, but this fight is in rounds, and round two is only beginning.

Israel is in a fight for its life, and you can bank on this, two things, the next time the "party of god" hizabouallah, decides to rain missiles down on Israel, the IDF begin will a massive ground incursion into Lebanon , and here's the second thing you can count on, Israel will not stand idly by while the islamic republic of iran developes nuclear weaponry, there WILL be a pre-emptive Israeli strike against Iran.

and it will be done by the Power of God, how do think they have survived for 60 years admidst the maelstrom of pan-arabist and pan-islamic demonic hatred?

They HAD to sell the cloak, and buy the sword.

watch.

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 Greg

one warning.

thats what PM Olmert gave Iran the last time he was in Washington.

Thats all the Israelis give their enemies, one warning:

20 Oct 2006


(AP) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that Iran would have "a price to pay" if it doesn't back down from its nuclear ambitions, hinting broadly that Israel might be forced to take action _ his strongest words yet about the Iranian threat.

In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday called Israel's leaders a "group of terrorists" and threatened any country that supports the Jewish state.

"You imposed a group of terrorists ... on the region," Ahmadinejad said, addressing the U.S. and its allies. "It is in your own interest to distance yourself from these criminals ... This is an ultimatum. Don't complain tomorrow."

"Nations will take revenge," he told a crowd of thousands gathered at a pro-Palestinian rally in the capital, Tehran.

Ahmadinejad, who has a history of similarly fiery rhetoric, said Israel no longer had any reason to exist and would soon disappear.

"This regime, thanks to God, has lost the reason for its existence," he said.

"Efforts to stabilize this fake (Israeli) regime, by the grace of God, have completely failed ... You should believe that this regime is disappearing," he said.

Talking to reporters Thursday on his way home from a three-day trip to Moscow, Olmert didn't specifically threaten to cripple Iran's nuclear program in a military strike, as Israel did 25 years ago in Iraq when it sent combat planes to destroy an unfinished nuclear reactor. But he repeated what he said a day earlier after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow _ the Iranians "have to be afraid" of the consequences of their intransigence.

"They have to understand that if they object to every compromise, there will be a price to pay," Olmert said.

Israel rejects Tehran's claim that its nuclear program is peaceful, designed solely to produce energy. In the past, Israel has said it would not lead a campaign against Iran's nuclear program, rather act in concert with world powers that are similarly worried about Iran's intentions.

But with Iran rejecting various compromise proposals and insisting on enriching uranium _ a process key to developing nuclear weapons _ Olmert has been raising the stakes with increasingly defiant rhetoric.

Israel cannot reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran, he said _ and "there comes a time when you have to do damage control."

"A red line must be drawn that cannot be crossed," he said, without specifying what that line was.

"Time isn't standing still," he added, "and perhaps there will be a need to do something in the future."

Though some Israeli officials have made specific threats to hit Iran, military experts have questioned Israel's ability to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, which, unlike Iraq's in 1981, are scattered among installations, with some of them hidden underground. But they have said Israel could set the program back years by striking several of the sites.

Israel considers Iran to be the greatest threat to its survival. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for the Jewish state's destruction, and Iran already has missiles capable of carrying payloads to Israel.

Russia is building Iran's first nuclear reactor and has impeded U.N. sanctions against Tehran. It has also agreed to resume shipment of fuel for the reactor, which experts say could be diverted and used to build bombs.

Ahmadinejad on Friday called the U.N. Security Council and its decisions "illegitimate."

"What sort of Security Council is this? The whole world knows that the U.S. and Britain are enemies of the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad said.

The United States and Britian _ along with France, Russia and China _ have power to veto any Security Council measures.

"You want to be the judge, the complainant and the enforcer. But the time for such logic has passed. No one accepts this from you," Ahmadinejad said, addressing the U.S. and Britain.

After meeting for four hours with Putin and Russian defense officials, Olmert said he was convinced they understood the gravity of the situation and don't want to see a nuclear Iran. But at a news conference with Olmert at the Kremlin on Wednesday, Putin pointedly made no mention of the Iranian nuclear standoff.


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Ahmadinejad said he is willing to have a "dialogue" with the U.S. government, but only if the United States has a respectful attitude toward Iran.

"If they fix their behavior toward us, we will have a dialogue with them because that's a principle of our foreign policy. But you know, they have their own way of thinking. They really think they own the world, they always sort of look down upon you," the president said. (Watch Iranians welcome U.S. election results -- 2:21)




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'A message to the American people'

Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran is ready for better relations with other countries -- with one exception.

"We are after positive interaction with the whole world, except a state which we consider its foundation as wrong and do not attach any value to its legitimacy," he said, referring to Israel.

Ahmadinejad also said Tuesday he has something to tell the American people.

"I will soon send a message to the American people. The message is in the stage of preparation," he said. Without elaborating, he said his message would be in response to U.S. government statements.



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