“Informed sources” in Washington told Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities very soon, possibly in just days as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office. Why now? The time clock has begun to run out. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear device under the control of its radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei in June said that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in as little as six months. That six-month period has passed.

Reports of Israel’s decision to imminently launch strikes, although unconfirmed, would seem to contradict President Bush’s position, which was reported on a front-page New York Times story last week. The story said Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iran’s main nuclear complex. The Times said Israel was refused when it asked the U.S. for bunker-busting bombs that it needs to attack Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.. The U.S. also reportedly denied permission for Israeli warplanes to fly over Iraqi territory to reach Iran.

Israel’s requests to the U.S. for military assistance came as the Jewish state was angered over a U.S. intelligence assessment in late 2007 that said Iran had effectively suspended its development of nuclear weapons. However, an investigative report circulated by IAEA chief ElBaradei late last year declared that Iran was continuing to carry out uranium enrichment and had already established 6,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium, of which 3,800 were then in operation.

US intelligence officials now estimate that the figure is at least 4,000 to 5,000 centrifuges, which is enough to produce about one weapon’s worth of uranium every eight months or so. The IAEA report estimated that Iran has obtained two tons of enriched uranium since its enrichment program was restarted at Natanz two years ago.

Last year 100 Israeli jets took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean that was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran. On Fox News Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton predicted that Israel would stage a raid against Iran’s nuclear facilities if Barack Obama won the presidential election.

Bolton stated that he believed the Israeli attack would take place sometime between the day after Obama’s win and his inauguration on January 20. Bolton believes that Israel wouldn’t be able to hold off a strike on Iran any longer than that given Obama’s dovish approach to Iran.

The Israeli government would have to make a judgment whether to strike during the remainder of President Bush’s term in office or wait for his successor.”

It seems Israel isn’t willing to take a chance on Obama for support, and could give the world quite a distraction around inauguration day. We’ll have to wait and see if the “President Of The World” will continue the nation’s close friendship with Israel, who is NOT afraid to do it’s part in the war on terror.

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