US Fears Israel Will Hit Iran Without Warning
Ehud Barak warns, 'Later will be too late'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2012 7:55 AM CST
Leon Panetta is escorted by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during an arrival ceremony at the Ministry of Defense on October 3, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Obama administration is worried that Israel is on the verge of launching a military strike against Iran—and that Israel plans to give the US little to no warning or say in the matter, sources tell the Washington Post. Ehud Barak certainly reinforced that idea yesterday. "Whoever says 'later' may find that later is too late," the Israeli Defense minister said. (The Post notes he switched from Hebrew to English when saying the words, "Later is too late.") Leon Panetta, meanwhile, declined to refute a report that he was worried about an Israeli attack.

US officials have been urging patience behind closed doors, but Israel has seemed increasingly impatient, saying it will act unless a breakthrough is made in a matter of months. What's more, Israel "has refused to assure Washington that prior notice would be provided," says one former State Department official who recently met with the Israelis. The US fears that an Israeli attack could push Iran to retaliate against US interests; some officials have been hinting that the US might not jump into the fray unless Americans are threatened. (Today's Iran-related concerns don't end there: Click to read about new US fears that the country is cozying up to al-Qaeda.)

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bewilderbeast
Feb 5, 2012 9:22 AM CST
Israel abuses your friendship and it is time to put an end to the abuse. Not only should Obama tell them they're on their own, he should specifically order them NOT to bomb Iran. Then, when they give him the middle finger, Americans will start to see the abuse more clearly. Sadly, no US politicians seem to have the balls to defy Israel. Defy their own voters? Easy. Defy Israel? Too scared. Go figure.
Usa101usa
Feb 4, 2012 5:22 PM CST
This is ISRAELI PROPAGANDA! Apartheid Israel has been test marketing war with Iran for years through it's phony "Freedom Watch" group headed by Pro-Apartheid Chicken Hawk Ari Fleischer. Here's the link: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2007/11/20/17752/freedomswatch-iran-sell/ Israel is starting WWII and trying to drag the US in to another senseless war with little regard for our Young American soldiers who will pay with their lives. Americans will rise up against Israel if it dares to strike and start another war. I am sick and tired of Apartheid Israel warmongering and total disregard for mankind and human rights. Americans are organzing in all 50 states and ready to march against Israel should they strike Iran. America and the wolrd must unite and expell IIsrael's ambassadors and close their embassies along with cutting off all diplomatic ties and cutting all financial aid to this dispicable Pariah nation. Israel has done nothing but bring America problems. We were attacked on 911 because of Israel so be sure to send your thank you note to Apartheid Israel for 911. Enough is enough, Boycott Apartheid Israel!
Endorphins
Feb 4, 2012 3:24 PM CST
How about instead of going to war with them, we fly over dispersing massive amounts of marijuana smoke for 24 hours all over the entire middle east? I'm sure the dildos in our government have plenty of disposed weed they could use.