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July 24, 2009
Iran question looms ahead of major U.S. talks in Israel

Small cracks have emerged in the relationship between the United States and Israel, mostly over the issue of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

Next week, the Obama administration is putting Israel front and center, sending three high-ranking officials there — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, National Security Advisor Jim Jones and special envoy George Mitchell.

Iran and its nuclear program are expected to be high on the agenda. This week, U.S. and Israeli officials aborted a test of a planned missile-defense shield for Israel.

Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Martin Savidge to discuss the possibility that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear sites and how Iran and the U.S. would react to an Israeli attack on Iran.

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A very credible assessment by Anthony Cordesman who takes the time to explore beneath the “topsoil.” While it may be strategically correct to fend off the wolf for a few more years (or a few more generations) with martial finesse, the die is cast for the historical trend.

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Above the video interview with Anthony Cordesman, you mentioned that “This week, U.S. and Israeli officials aborted a test of a planned missle-defense shield for Israel”.
Could that be the Radar facility at the Dimona Nuclear Installation in the Negev Desert. Two towers designed to track ballistic missles and will be owned and operated by the U.S military with a contingent of troops stationed there. There is an article about this from Time World dated Thursday, Oct 02, 2008 which gives detail information. I am just wondering if this is some sort of compromise between the Government of Israel and the United States to ease pressure to launch a joint Air Attack on Iran’s Nuclear facilities? The Israeli Government has its own agenda and will act despite any objections from the United States. Keeping this in mind if the State of Israel launch’s an Air Strike for the purpose of destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities what course of action would the US follow because the rest of the World would know that Iraq’s vast airspace is controlled by the United States and that Israeli Aircraft must follow this direct route to reach their targets.

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