The United States is worried that a new coalition government in Israel could signal an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities at "any given moment," one of Israel's leading TV stations reported Thursday night.
Shaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a unity government with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could be the final step in a united front for attack by the Jewish state, according to a report on Channel 10 News on Thursday.
The station quoted unnamed Obama administration officials as saying they believed a Likud-Kadima joing government could make a decision about an Israeli attack on Iran at any moment and perhaps even before the U.S. presidential elections in November.
Early elections would be held in Israel on September, and these American officials said it meant the attack in Iran would be postponed at least until after the election.
Now, with the stabilization of Israeli politics and the current government likely to end its term on schedule, the situation has changed and the Americans are concerned.
The administration recently held marathon talks with Israeli officials at all levels.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently warned that as long as Iran poses a threat to Israel with its nuclear program, all options are on the table.
“I believe it is well understood in Washington, D.C., as well as in Jerusalem that as long as there is an existential threat to our people, all options to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons should remain on the table,” Barak said.
“I have enough experience to know that a military option is not a simple one,” Barak added. “It would be complicated with certain associated risks. But a radical Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear weapons would be far more dangerous both for the region and, indeed, the world.”
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