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Published on: April 1, 2009 05:02 PM
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Washington - Israel might choose to attack Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear bomb, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said today.

Army General David Petraeus told Congress that “the Israeli government may ultimately see itself so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it.”

While Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful power generation, Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, said “Iranian officials have consistently failed to provide the assurances and transparency necessary for international acceptance and verification.”

Iran refuses to suspend uranium enrichment, in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and won’t give international inspectors full access to its nuclear facilities.

Iran’s “obstinacy and obfuscation have forced Iran’s neighbors and the international community to conclude the worst about the regime’s intention,” Petraeus said in a statement submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee for a hearing today.

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Ali Akbar Javanfekr, media adviser to Iran’s President Mahmound Ahmadinejad, responded to the general’s comments.

“Iran’s position as a powerful country that is a proponent of logic and peace, the Zionist regime’s chaotic situation, and the state of the world’s economy are realities that do not make this possible,” Javanfekr said in a telephone interview.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor declined to comment on Petraeus’s remarks.


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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:25 PM Nissan Zman Cheirusenu! Says:

May HKBH bless and protect Bnai Yisroel from all our enemies. Hinay lo yanum v'lo yishan Shomer Yisroel !!! The Guardian of Israel doesn't slumber or sleep. He will protect Israel and give strength to his people and even Netanyahu !!! Just don't wait until Av to launch a first strike !!! Do it now ! Do it in Nissan !!! Destroy evil Persia ! Hatzlacha rabbah Netanyahu !!!

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:25 PM Anonymous Says:

when this javenfaker guy will be a smoking corpse he might find out if its possible

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:13 PM BIG MOUTE Says:

Go ahead israel get them .

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Why is it necessary to always publicize everything? Stop yapping and get the job done already!!!

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:45 PM duvi Says:

iran getting a nuke in my opinion is a greater threat than the current financial crisis and a bigger threat than any other country or terrorist group. I really hope Obama is attentive to how serious it would be if chas veshalom Iran gets past the point of no return.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Israel has shown it has the guts to do whats necessary. Iran with an N Bomb is a threat to Israel. They would give it to Hezbollah or Hamas and claim innocence. EY will not send planes, too iffy. They will hit the nuke centers with cruise missles and maybe even small nukes.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Let's review a little history.

Jimmy, the peanut farmer, who masqueraded as a U.S. president shackled the hands of the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, by not letting him suppress Khomeini maniac. Subsequently, American hostages were humiliated and held for 441 days.

The Shah of Iran was a friend of Israel, whereas Khomeini (May his bones rot in hell) was a sworn enemy of Israel. Ahmadinejad, was one of the students who participated in capturing the American hostages.
Israel should destroy the Iranian nuclear capabilities, especially when Ahmadinejad vowed to destroy Israel!

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:18 PM robroy560 Says:

Reply to #5  
duvi Says:

iran getting a nuke in my opinion is a greater threat than the current financial crisis and a bigger threat than any other country or terrorist group. I really hope Obama is attentive to how serious it would be if chas veshalom Iran gets past the point of no return.

You are correct; we can defeat the recession with free market growth. The Iranian threat is bomb them back to the stone age. I still don't know why yidden still live there.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:16 PM relax Says:

a hint vos builet bith nisht

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 05:45 PM murray Says:

Reply to #8  
robroy560 Says:

You are correct; we can defeat the recession with free market growth. The Iranian threat is bomb them back to the stone age. I still don't know why yidden still live there.

you call that "living"?

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 06:51 PM moshe kapoyer Says:

Israel is not a country that announces when and if it will attack another country whenever israel decides to do something about iran the world and iran will not be ready for it

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 07:31 PM Anonymous Says:

I guess we are getting close to the end of days. Many biblical propheses have come true in recent years. We have also completed 70 years since Kristallnacht .







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 Apr 01, 2009 at 06:24 PM Anonymous Says:

I may be wrong, but I think that might actually cause World War III.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

We should all daven for their hatzlacha. It would be a great kiddush hashem that a Jewish airforce saves the world. It would put a literal spin on Yad Elokim.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Uranium enrichment is a process of obstinacy and obfuscation and would require mass degrebastion in the populated cities of iran, therefore making it illogical for israel to go this route!

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 07:52 PM shlepshitz Says:

Reply to #5  
duvi Says:

iran getting a nuke in my opinion is a greater threat than the current financial crisis and a bigger threat than any other country or terrorist group. I really hope Obama is attentive to how serious it would be if chas veshalom Iran gets past the point of no return.

Well if you think so. Its a good your not the president. Hey get your priorities straight

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 10:55 PM Aishes Chayil Says:

With all of what's going on in this Oilam HaZeh, all of the Nevuah is coming true....My family and I keep thinking that Moshiach will come on Tuesday morning....Or we think that we were promised to be redeemed in Nissan, and now we are in middle of Nissan....Just please everyone, daven for all of Bnei Yisroel....Every Tefillah does help.....

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 10:26 PM seer Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

I may be wrong, but I think that might actually cause World War III.

your mistaken again. letting iran acquire and develop their nuclear ability is the start of world war 111. ending that threat will bring a great peace to the world.!.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 10:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Iran should be nuked and wiped off the face of the earth, the world would be a a better place and a much safer place if we rearange the map of the middle east to exclude Iran

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 03:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

Iran should be nuked and wiped off the face of the earth, the world would be a a better place and a much safer place if we rearange the map of the middle east to exclude Iran

where would you place lran? next to the US?

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 06:33 AM chayem Says:

Before you decide that israel bombing their sites is such a great idea,
Please take a moment to think what will happen to jews all across the world cause of it,
We have a father watching all of us and he protects us from evil every single day,
If you belive in hashem you know its wrong.....

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 12:05 AM usaf Says:

for the last couple year the media been printing report similar to this one and guess what it hasn't been true.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 11:45 PM duvi Says:

Reply to #16  
shlepshitz Says:

Well if you think so. Its a good your not the president. Hey get your priorities straight

i dont understand what you are saying because your statement is incoherent. But let me restate what I said a Nuclear Iran is the greatest threat to the world. Not only is there a chance that the insane iranian leaders would use the nuke even if they didnt use a nuke when Iran goes nuclear the next day every single arab country will be going nuclear. we see how much of a scary and dangerous situation exists in pakistan, can you imagine unstable countries like egypt, saudi arabia and jordan with nuclear weapons which can be over thrown any day by terrorists sympathetic to al qaeda. Lets also not forget that iran can give nuclear weapons to terrorist groups. Also if chas veshalom Iran goes nuclear they will be able to have a free hand to wreack havoc all across the middle east including in Gaza. lebanon, iraq , Afghanistan etc knowing there is no way america will attack them and risk nuclear retaliation.
now maybe you can respond in a coherent manner and explain why a nuclear iran would not be the greatest danger to the world?

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 07:29 AM Rodneybenking Says:

Reply to #21  
chayem Says:

Before you decide that israel bombing their sites is such a great idea,
Please take a moment to think what will happen to jews all across the world cause of it,
We have a father watching all of us and he protects us from evil every single day,
If you belive in hashem you know its wrong.....

Tell me Chayem, "what will happen to jews all across the world"? Have you considered what will happen if we fail to act? Personally speaking, who gives a damn what people will think of us. Better to be alive and be hated, then dead and felt sorry for. Yes, " we have a father watching us", however, just look at our history. We MUST take care of ourselves.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 08:09 AM Lefty Louie Says:

Reply to #24  
Rodneybenking Says:

Tell me Chayem, "what will happen to jews all across the world"? Have you considered what will happen if we fail to act? Personally speaking, who gives a damn what people will think of us. Better to be alive and be hated, then dead and felt sorry for. Yes, " we have a father watching us", however, just look at our history. We MUST take care of ourselves.

We MUST care what people think of us. We must do things in a diplomatic fashion. We must speak to our enemies. I agree with president Obama. We should sit at a table and discuss our differences. All the world wants peace. Please, let's give peace a chance.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 09:07 AM duvi Says:

Reply to #25  
Lefty Louie Says:

We MUST care what people think of us. We must do things in a diplomatic fashion. We must speak to our enemies. I agree with president Obama. We should sit at a table and discuss our differences. All the world wants peace. Please, let's give peace a chance.

Lefty i also want peace so does everyone on this message board. But talking to Iran will we very counter productive- look at europe bending over backwards trying to appease iran and all it did was buy iran more time to develop a nuke. this was a foolish approach and it was horrible for peace and now obama wants to use the same failed approach again, but this time time is slipping away very quickly because iran is only months away from the point of no return

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 03:18 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #24  
Rodneybenking Says:

Tell me Chayem, "what will happen to jews all across the world"? Have you considered what will happen if we fail to act? Personally speaking, who gives a damn what people will think of us. Better to be alive and be hated, then dead and felt sorry for. Yes, " we have a father watching us", however, just look at our history. We MUST take care of ourselves.

Well said. H" gives us the tools... its our job to use them.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 11:09 PM michelle Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

I guess we are getting close to the end of days. Many biblical propheses have come true in recent years. We have also completed 70 years since Kristallnacht .







I believe that too, especially with the timing of the birkat hachamah this erev pesach.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 11:11 PM michelle Says:

Reply to #25  
Lefty Louie Says:

We MUST care what people think of us. We must do things in a diplomatic fashion. We must speak to our enemies. I agree with president Obama. We should sit at a table and discuss our differences. All the world wants peace. Please, let's give peace a chance.

I dont think "ok, let sit down and be nice" is going to work. you cannot talk to people with cabbage heads,

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