--- authfriend wrote:
> --- Gillam wrote:
> >
> > Apparently one big reason the U.S. is coming down so 
> > hard on Iran is that if we don't do it, Israel will, and then 
> > the world of Islam will *really* be pissed.
> Except that I've been reading that Israel doesn't think
> Iran is that much of a threat to it.

I got my impression from Seymour Hersch's article in this 
week's New Yorker. Two excerpts:

Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, told the Knesset 
December that "Iran is one to two years away, at the latest, from having 
enriched uranium. 
>From that point, the completion of their nuclear weapon is simply a technical 

A key ally with an important voice in the debate is Israel, whose leadership 
has warned for 
years that it viewed any attempt by Iran to begin enriching uranium as a point 
of no 
return. I was told by several officials that the White House's interest in 
preventing an Israeli 
attack on a Muslim country, which would provoke a backlash across the region, 
was a 
factor in its decision to begin the current operational planning. In a speech 
in Cleveland on 
March 20th, President Bush depicted Ahmadinejad's hostility toward Israel as a 
threat. It's a threat to world peace." He added, "I made it clear, I'll make it 
clear again, that 
we will use military might to protect our ally Israel."

See http://tinyurl.com/hyfsf

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