Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Monday that Israel is not expected to attack Iran anytime in the near future.
"The claim Israel will attack Iran soon is not credible," Crowley posted on his Twitter page. "The strategic costs, while not static, still outweigh the prospects of success."
Crowley also explained that the recent revolutions that swept the Arab world were another reason for Israel to refrain from such an attack.
"The Arab Spring has sufficiently complicated Israel's strategic calculus that it is more likely to show restraint in the immediate term."
Crowley, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama for the position, but resigned on March 13, 2011, following comments he made about the alleged mistreatment of military prisoner Bradley Manning, who is suspected of providing WikiLeaks classified diplomatic cables.
Former Mossad head Meir Dagan has recently come under fire in Israel for saying that a military strike against Iran would be "a stupid thing." He warned that an air force strike against Iran has potential for significant complications.
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