Thursday, March 29, 2012

Israeli Attack on Iran Postponed Until 2013 - Haarezt

Netanyahu and Barak - Israeli Attack on Iran Postponed?
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is out with a short but extremely interesting article stating that any Israeli strike on Iran would be delayed until 2013.  The article by Haaretz writer Amir Oren argues that a recent US military war game simulating the after affects of an Israeli indicated that just one Iranian missile fired at a US base could kill 200 American soldiers:
"According to a war simulation conducted by the U.S. Central Command, the Iranians could kill 200 Americans with a single missile response to an Israeli attack. An investigative committee would not spare any admiral or general, minister or president. The meaning of this U.S. scenario is that the blood of these 200 would be on Israel's hands."
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak had appeared to be leaning towards striking Iran - Netanyahu has called the Iranian nuclear program an "existential threat" to Israel - it appears that the US war game simulation has effectively put a kibosh on whatever plans the Israeli duo may have had.

For those interested in reading more about the US military's Israel-Iran war game simulation, here is an excellent summary article from the New York Times.

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