Israel is seriously considering taking unilateral (without assistance) military action in a last ditch effort to prevent Persia from acquiring nuclear weapons. Time is short for Israel in taking such action not simply due to breakthroughs in their nuclear power program but also in Iran's negotiations with Moscow in obtaining state of the art air defense systems as well as an expansion of choice locations in the construction of more nuclear facilities.
The report: "Preventing a Cascade of Instability" published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) argues that international sanctions against Iran need to be intensified urgently simply for the sake of effectiveness when the Obama Administration plans to talk with Teheran. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Middle East had both signed the report.
Israel; however, shows no interest in becoming part of America's nuclear umbrella, even though more Gulf Region countries desire further reassurances on this front. A declared United States guarantee would clarify a scenario of ambiguity that may already benefit Israel, but many Israelis feel that a declared U.S. guarantee could cost them by circumventing Israel's freedom to taking action against such existential dangers.
Former United States Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, one of WINEPS task force members states that Israel is very serious about acting out alone about a nuclear armed Iran. She believes Israel would step up its time table if Russia would make good on its pledge to supply Iran with the S-300 surface to air missile system. Should the deal of delivering the S-300 go through as proposed, the WINEP report does recommend that Israel be supplied with state of the art fighters so that it may maintain its military edge in the region.
Ms. Soderberg stated the purpose of the WINEP report was to come up with strategies where neither the United States nor Israel got to a point of launching military action.
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