UK Foreign Office: Israel Expected To Attack Iran Next Month
‘Sooner rather than later’
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities as soon as next month, according to a British Foreign Office official quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper, raising the prospect of a new crisis in the region before Christmas.
“We’re expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year,” the source is quoted as saying, adding that the Israelis will attack Iran’s nuclear sites “sooner rather than later”.
The source ruled out UK involvement, suggesting that even if Iran acquired the bomb it would not dare use it, adding, “The bigger concern is it will be impossible to stop Saudi Arabia and Turkey from developing their own weapons.”
The revelation came one week after British chief of staff, Gen. Sir David Richards paid a secret visit to Israel which was followed the next day by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visiting London for talks with British military chiefs.
While some news outlets noted that the Mail’s links with intelligence circles gave the source some credibility, others like YNet, the website for Israel’s most widely read newspaper, largely dismissed the claim as “questionable”.
As we previously reported, the window of opportunity for an attack before Iran moves the bulk of its nuclear processing equipment underground is quickly evaporating.