Fri, 07 Dec 2007
Recent polls say two-thirds of Israelis oppose their country launching a military attack of its own against Iran's nuclear facilities.
When asked "Should Israel alone attack the Iranian nuclear installations?" 67.2 % said no, while 20.9 % said yes and 11.9 % had no opinion, said the survey aired on public radio.
The survey follows Wednesday's outcry by Israeli officials threatening to use military action against the Islamic Republic if it does not cooperate.
According to the officials, Tehran "will make an atomic bomb by 2009" and therefore is a "global threat which requires global response".
The US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran this week confirmed Iran is not seeking to make nuclear weapons. The report represents an about-face on Washington's position concerning Iran's nuclear program.
The NIE which is traditionally not made public, infuriated 'the Jewish state' which is dependent on American economic subsidies, military and political support for its survival, making the US its top ally..
In the past US Vice-President Dick Cheney has clearly stated that Israel could well strike Iran on its own. Most military analysts however see that scenario as simply a step too far for the Israeli military.
At present Tel Aviv is suffering from gravely weakened political leadership and the still stinging debacle that was the 33 day war fought in the summer of 2006 in an attempt to uproot Iranian ally Hezbollah from Lebanon.
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