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Brussels - Panetta Refuses To Deny Report Israel May Attack Iran

Published on: February 2, 2012 03:49 PM
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US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the opening of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 02 February 2012. Reports state that the Defence Ministers of NATO?s 28 Allies and over 20 partner countries are meeting in Brussels on 02 and 03 February 2012 for talks on a range of issues including Afghanistan, Smart Defence and NATO Reform.  EPA/JULIEN WARNANDUS Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the opening of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 02 February 2012. Reports state that the Defence Ministers of NATO?s 28 Allies and over 20 partner countries are meeting in Brussels on 02 and 03 February 2012 for talks on a range of issues including Afghanistan, Smart Defence and NATO Reform.  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Brussels - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta won’t dispute a report that he believes Israel may attack Iran this spring in an attempt to set back the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.

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Panetta was asked by reporters to comment on a Washington Post opinion column by David Ignatius that said Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will attack in April, May or June. Ignatius did not say who told him this.

Asked whether he disputes the report, Panetta said, “No, I’m just not commenting.”

He added, “What I think and what I view, I consider that to be an area that belongs to me and nobody else.”

He noted that Israel has stated publicly that it is considering military action against Iran. He said the U.S. has “indicated our concerns.”



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 Feb 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Perhaps when the iranians have one of their parliment meetings with all the ayatolahs and the littel jerk all under one roof have a few missiles hit the building.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 07:45 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

"Panetta won’t dispute a report that he believes Israel may attack Iran this spring"

In other words "Please, Israel. Pleasepleaseplease do it. We really want a war with Iran, but we can't afford it, and our country doesn't want it. C'mon. We promise we'll secretly like you even if we have to say nasty things to you when you do it."

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 Feb 05, 2012 at 05:55 AM formercrownheightser Says:

what does he mean when he says,"No, i'm just not commenting"? The answer to the question as to whether he disputes the report, is, "No",(he does not dispute the report) but he's not offering any opinions on the matter.

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