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Experts: Israel lacks capability to hit Iran's nuke facilities
Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 26.10.08, 08:17
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1. Unknown Western official...
(10.26.08)
2. Why is this only Israel's problem?
Tahl ,   Israel   (10.26.08)
I am quite angered to see reports such as this one by Newsweek, analyzing Israel's chances of successuflly attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. As the nuclearization of Iran is only Israel's problem, and not the entire free world's? Of course it should seriously concern every person in the world, not just Israel, despite what some Israel-haters want you to believe. But then again - maybe I'm missing the actual point here. Maybe the reason behind this report, is to actually convince the world not to rely solely on Israel to do their dirty work, as Israel cannot do this alone. And instead, join forces together to neutralize the Iranian danger, much like to what NATO did in Serbia a few years ago (though that particular military effort was uncalled for, in my opinion - Serbia was no threat to anybody, Iran is). I hope the right people in power would be arrive at this important conclusion.
3. A beautiful day....
Bandar ,   Beirut, Lebanon   (10.26.08)
Always starts with positive news.
4. propaganda declaration
Septimus ,   Rome   (10.26.08)
this seems only to proove that in certain circles "one" is afraid that Israel will launch a attack on the Shiite entity nuclear sites in the aftermath of the US elections, and that "those" who are afraid of this, in the west, try to deflect the inveitable clash, by spreading false news. The Shiite entity regime is doomed, and will fall very soon !
5. BUt an Unknown Western Official told me we can stop them
Shmendrik ,   Israel   (10.26.08)
6. "WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH"
ROLAND SEENER ,   LONDON ENGLAND   (10.26.08)
COUNTER THREATS HAVE BEEN MARKEDLY RESTRAINED IN THE FACE OF IRAN"S PROVOCATIVE TALK, AND DISPLAY OF MILITARY STRENGTH..AS OUR LIVES ARE AT STAKE FROM ISLAM FANATICISM IT IS NECESSARY TO THWART IRANIAN MALEVOLENT INTENT.IT IS NIT NUCLEAR WIELDING ROCKETS THAT ARE THE MAIN WORRY,IF THAT WAS NOT BAD ENOUGH,BUT THE BACTERIAL ONE FOR DELIVERY ON THE NOSE CONE OF A SHIHAB ROCKET THAT SHOULD WORRY US THE MOST.THIS EASILY OBTAINED FACILITY MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE WHOLE OF THEIR SOPHISTICATED NUCLEAR PROGRAMME.IT IS FOR THAT REASON THAT ISRAEL"S CAPABILITIES SHOULD BE MORE PRONOUNCED TO WARD OFF ANY THOUGHT THAT WE ARE INDEFENCIBLE.THE POLICY THAT SHOULD BE ADOPTED NOW IS OUR POSITION OF STRENGTH . THE THOUGHT THAT ISRAEL IS CAUGHT UP IN A WAR CAUSED BY A U.S.A. STRIKE SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED.A BIT OF SABRE RATLING ADVOCATED NOW " I HOPE" COULD DO THE TRICK.! IF NOT ...THE BEST OF LUCK!
7. Only one shot
REGULAR JOE ,   JERSEY USA   (10.26.08)
If an armed psycopath has a gun pointed at your head and will kill you just as soon as he loads his gun, you should: A. Hit him with a pillow B. Call your daddy to help you C. Take his head off with a baseball bat, Israel has but one shot to end this madness. Multiple strikes with conventional weapons are not applicable to the situation for all of the aformentioned reasons.A low yield nuclear strike is the only effective solution here. Will the world go crazy? YES Will the usual anti-Israel hysteria last? NO The civilized world will be relieved. Not since WW2 has a nuclear strike been so justified to prevent the loss of millions of lives in both countries.
8. well, we won't know for sure until we try
Moshe ,   Beit Shemesh   (10.26.08)
9. It IS Israel's problem.
Brian ,   NYC USA   (10.26.08)
It IS Israel's problem insofar as Israel is the only nuclear-armed country too scared of what the world will say to use said nuclear weapons to defend itself. Can anyone really imagine America or Britain not obliterating those sites with everything they have if the threat became imminent? No. If Israel is too scared and too unsure of its own right to exist to use its arsenal in self-defense before it is too late, it is hardly America's job to do it for them. America will protect herself when the time comes (unless Obama wins). Israel ought to forget about world opinion and do the same.
10. If Israel has the capability to curtail Iran's perceived
Erastus CoupeDeVille ,   Ong's Hat, NJ   (10.26.08)
nuclear ambitions they should do it now because whoever is elected, the US will be self absorbed with a class war, a mini-depression and a witch hunt to ferret out the causes of the current economic crisis.
11. May I suggest a ground offensive?
Cohen ,   Keryat shmona   (10.26.08)
This way we can revive the concept of greater Israel. We can take Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey.
12. #11 Actually not a bad idea
ben Ish   (10.26.08)
13. Iran
Eldad One ,   troonto   (10.26.08)
Sure that's relaistic. The US would love if you took Iraq problem off thier hands
14. Re; only one shot
Nick of Oz ,   Australia   (10.26.08)
Regular Joe you make an assessment based upon what the flawed intelligence that told you that Iraq had WMD's! Where are they? Anyway Iran is a signatory to the NPT and as such has a legal right to have nuclear power, unlike Israel who has no such treaty and possesses nukes. One special consideration here is if a strike is taken what do you think Iran is going to do? They do have biological and chemical weapons like the US and Israel- do you think they will use them in defence of their legally correct position? WW3 will start in the middle east but why does the US and Israel always use false information, do you think that has damaged the status of the US in the eyes of the world?
15. Better Option is
Pavel Pospichal ,   Aus   (10.27.08)
destroying the nest of criminals and occupants in stolen Palestinian enclave called "israel" which does not exist for more than 2000 years..This will solve the Worlds pain in the arse
16. Our world
Steve Ilievski ,   Millbrook, Canada   (10.27.08)
This world belongs to all of us including the animals and plants on it and thus no-one has the right to use nuclear or any other weapons that endanger all of us.
17. to regular joe
manuel ,   spain   (10.27.08)
of course after carrying out your fantastic idea surely everybody will see the great logic in your rethoric and they will start doing the same, and of course Im sure you will applaud this wont you? oh wait no you wont; because this measures are only acceptable when they reinforce your own interests ( or at least thats what you believe). nice porspect of a future I envision with such people as you voting.
18. Bombing Iran
Zampan0 ,   columbus   (10.27.08)
Iran seems to have 'right' on its side. That is, they need cheap electricity and nuclear electricity is cheap. If they have enough nuclear material to create 1,000 nuclear bombs. so what? Iran isn't crazy. It's called 'MAD' -mutually ASSURED destruction. It's time for Israel to take the peace offer and return to its 67 borders, if she did this and let her Paletsinian brothers prosper as well, she would exist forever.
19. Sinbad
Tom Lowe ,   none, USA   (10.27.08)
We always figured Sinbad was working for Israel. Thank you for confirming that. And don't forget to give me a hangup call within 5 minutes of my post like JTA always does.
20. Reply to #2
EyesWide Open ,   Australia   (10.27.08)
Serbia was no threat to anybody, Iran is). I hope the right people in power would be arrive at this important conclusion. Hate to rain on your party, but the NIE report clearly states that Iran has no nuke weapons program period. Iran is only a threat to Israel in your mind so I say let Israel deal with Iran, and then be prepared to face the consequences of that action :o)
21. Israel the real focus of evil in the world today
Marc Villa ,   houston   (10.27.08)
Attack Iran now because someday, they may aquire nuclear capability? if that isn't the epitamy of evil! Israel belligerent threats of nuking Iran are no different then North Korea's dear leader Kim Jong-ill constant threats against South Korea
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