[One hopes that Israel is not planning an attack on Iran.Â The real risk for Israel is a regime change in Pakistan whose nuclear weapons could be directed at Israel in retaliation at some future date.Â Not wise to open up the nuclear Pandora's Box.Â Last time Israel struck at a nuclear threat -- Iraq -- the job was relatively simple and painless.Â Iraq had one plant being developed (not yet a radiation threat) and Israel hit on a weekend when no one would be (or was) injured by the bombing.Â But an attack on Iran would be costly in lives and the spread of radiation.Â I imagine that Israel would be viewed as some sort of pariah state.Â I remember being in the small minority of those who considered the attack on Iraq to have been justified.Â Ed Kent]
Israel denies nuclear strike plan
JERUSALEM Israel denied that it had drawn up secret plans to attack and destroy Iranâ€™s uranium enrichment plants with nuclear weapons.
Mark Regev, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Israel wanted the issue of Iranian nuclear ambitions to be resolved diplomatically.
The Sunday Times reported that two Israel air force squadrons had been training to blow up an enrichment plant in Natanz, south of Tehran, using low-yield nuclear â€œbunker bustersâ€. Two other sites would be targeted with conventional bombs, the report claimed, citing Israeli military sources.
Responding to the claims, Mr Regev said: â€œThe focus of the Israeli activity today is to give full support to diplomatic actions.â€
Ali Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said that the report made clear that Israel was the main menace in the region.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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