Report: Israel to attack Iran this year

Thursday, April 16, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

United Press International reported on Wednesday that Arab gulf states are convinced that Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities in the very near future, and that the Islamic Republic's first response will be to launch missiles at its Arab neighbors.

Iran considers states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to be collaborators with an imperialist American regime, and therefore culpable in any US-backed Israeli strike on its soil.

According to the report, those states are currently deploying Patriot missile batteries to defend against incoming Iranian missiles.

Meanwhile, Israeli President Shimon Peres told visiting US envoy George Mitchell that talk of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran is "nonsense," and that Jerusalem remains committed to a diplomatic resolution of the crisis.

But earlier in the week, Peres issued a firm warning that should US-led diplomatic efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program ultimately fail, Israel will have no choice but to exercise its military option.

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