Iranian officials want to attack Israel now

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An influential group of Iranian officials are lobbying the leadership in Tehran to launch a preemptive missile strike against the Jewish state, Ha'aretz quoted one of those officials as saying during a briefing of foreign diplomats in London recently.

Dr. Seyed Safavi, a top advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, told his audience that he and others like him want Iran to attack Israel before the latter has an opportunity to follow through on threats to hit Iran's nuclear facilities.

He said that Israel's insistence on keeping the military option for dealing with Iran's nukes on the table had bolstered the preemptive strike argument, but that Khamenei had yet to adopt it as official policy.

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