When comparing Israel's attack on Iraq's Osirak in 1981 with the potential bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities, one should remember that Saddam’s Iraq at the time of Israel’s bombing was fighting the most intensive and crucial stage of its long war with Iran. Israeli leaders knew that all of Saddam’s military might was pointing east towards Iran, and that the likelihood of an Iraqi retaliation against Israel was minimal and manageable: Saddam did not have long range missiles, and the threat from Iraqi jets could easily be contained by the IDF. Even then; Ariel Sharon recalls the Begin cabinet decision approving the attack “as the most difficult in Israel’s history”.
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Professor Marcus Klingberg, scientist and Soviet spy, has died (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's plan to attack Iran put on hold until next year at the earliest