Two article links that the Drudge Report currently has at the top of his web page deal with Israel’s government and their consideration of attacking Iran’s nuclear sites before the US presidential election. Article 1. Article 2. No real news is shared however the writer’s are being more transparent about what is a significant driver to the Israeli strike decision – the US presidential election.
It appears to me that the greatest thing O the CES could do to ensure that Israel does not strike before the presidential election is to allow Romney to win the election by a wide margin that is quite apparent as October arrives. So Mr. Nobel Peace prize winner (hack, cough, spit); put action to it not just puffery and words – step aside – for peace in the Middle East. Ha!
This timing question is legitimate for the Israeli government to consider. Despite all the swirl around the Iranian nuclear issue I am pretty sure one thing is certain – Israel would much rather it be a US, ally strike on Iran’s nuclear reactors not just a unilateral action on Israel’s part. Yet looking across the ocean over to our national capitol one could not be certain that an US action of such magnitude will actually timely occur. Truth be told, it should have happened at least a couple years ago. Now a strike will be a mere delay and quite possibly too little too late.
I believe Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Barak need to plan today that they will strike the nuclear sites in Iran in October and then hope that the tide of US presidential election is such in October that they will not need to. That would mean a late October or early November 1 or 2 strike.