Petraeus: Israel may bomb Iran
Israel may attack Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear bomb, the top US commander in the Middle East told Congress April 1. Gen. David Petraeus said "the Israeli government may ultimately see itself so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it."
While Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes, Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, said "Iranian officials have consistently failed to provide the assurances and transparency necessary for international acceptance and verification." Iran's "obstinacy and obfuscation have forced Iran's neighbors and the international community to conclude the worst about the regime's intention," Petraeus said in a statement submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Ali Akbar Javanfekr, media adviser to Iran's President Mahmound Ahmadinejad, responded to Bloomberg news wire: "Iran's position as a powerful country that is a proponent of logic and peace, the Zionist regime's chaotic situation, and the state of the world's economy are realities that do not make this possible." (Bloomberg, April 1)