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Ehud Barak: US should equip Israel with means to attack Iran

The Jerusalem Post reports: “The United States must enable Israel to carry out an independent military attack on the Iranian nuclear program if ‘both governments are convinced it is absolutely necessary,’ former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak wrote in an opinion piece published in TIME on Monday.

Israel should be reserved the right to a large-scale military operation against the Islamic Republic, as a nuclear breakout ‘will most probably’ occur when the US has its hands full with other crises across the globe, Barak said.

‘This summer, Iran will turn into a de-facto threshold nuclear state,’ Barak added, further warning that operations over Iranian skies ‘simply cannot delay the Iranians from turning nuclear.’

Instead, Barak argued, small-scale operations by both Israel and the US can only accelerate the Islamic Republic’s rush to the nuclear bomb, with them providing Iran’s program legitimacy ‘on grounds of self-defense.’

Despite his warning, the former prime minister is still hopeful a diplomatic ultimatum ‘backed by credible threat of a wide-scale war’ could be a ‘realistic’ approach.

‘Nothing short of that can assure a result,’ he claimed…”

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