Israel May Strike Iran Over Nukes: Think Tank

Israeli military will strike Iran if it gets too close to nuclear breakthrough
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 5:46 PM CST
Radar facilities dominate the skyline at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, Wednesday Feb. 25, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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(Newser) – Israel is seriously thinking about launching a military strike against Iran to keep it from becoming a nuclear power, says a new report from a Washington think tank. What's more, the timetable for such a strike is moving up because of Iran's progress on the nuclear front and its possible acquisition of missiles from Russia, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Israel is “quite serious in acting on its own about a nuclear-armed Iran,” said Nancy Soderberg, a former US ambassador to the UN and co-author of the report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The report urges the Obama administration to ramp up sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Tehran. "Iran does not want to be isolated on the international stage," the report says. "It is not North Korea.”