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`If Israel attacks Iran, US will have to join it`

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 16:10

Jerusalem: Should Jerusalem decide to
launch a military offensive against Iran, Washington will find
it difficult not to join hands with its "great ally", a top
ranking former US official has said.

Contending that Israel cannot alone carry out a
successful attack against the Islamic Republic`s nuclear
installations, Charles F. Wald, former deputy commander of
United States European Command, said a military strike on Iran
could set back the Islamic Republic`s alleged nuclear weapons
programme by several years, but, he stressed, "I don`t think
Israel can do it alone," daily Ha`aretz reported.

Wald`s comments were made at an annual gathering of
financial backers of the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy yesterday, who were joined by diplomats, journalists
and analysts.

"They have a fantastic military, but not big enough for
weeks or months of attacks--hundreds of sorties per day," the
daily quoted him as saying.

However the former US defence official also noted
that should "our great ally Israel" decide to take military
action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,
"pressure will mount for us to stand by Israel".

When asked to comment on the suggestion given by former
US president Jimmy Carter`s national security adviser Zbigniew
Brzezinski last month that the American army shoot down
Israeli warplanes if they try to fly over Iraq to attack Iran,
Wald quipped, "The chance of that is zero--no, less than

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 16:10
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