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A Fourth Option

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Submitted by paul eidelberg (Israel), Dec 12, 2007 at 18:53

NIE 2007 virtually excludes a US attack on Iran; and, as Dr. Pipes admits, NIE 2007 is hardly conducive to further serious international sanctions. Therefore, the ball is in Israel's court. Although the Israel Defense Forces may be capable of stopping the development of Iran's nuclear-weapon program, it is hard to believe that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is "tired of being courageous," has the wherewithal to give the IDF the green light. If so, Iran is on the way to developing a nuclear arsenal—unless there is a military coup in Israel, which some Israelis actually desire. This might be called a "fourth option."

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