Washington - Top U.S. Army General: Israel Might Choose to Attack Iran
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 â€śthe 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.â€ť
While Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful power generation, Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, said â€śIranian officials have consistently failed to provide the assurances and transparency necessary for international acceptance and verification.â€ť
Iran refuses to suspend uranium enrichment, in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and wonâ€™t give international inspectors full access to its nuclear facilities.
Iranâ€™s â€śobstinacy and obfuscation have forced Iranâ€™s neighbors and the international community to conclude the worst about the regimeâ€™s intention,â€ť Petraeus said in a statement submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee for a hearing today.
Ali Akbar Javanfekr, media adviser to Iranâ€™s President Mahmound Ahmadinejad, responded to the generalâ€™s comments.
â€śIranâ€™s position as a powerful country that is a proponent of logic and peace, the Zionist regimeâ€™s chaotic situation, and the state of the worldâ€™s economy are realities that do not make this possible,â€ť Javanfekr said in a telephone interview.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor declined to comment on Petraeusâ€™s remarks.
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