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    • Dan M.
    • 04.04.12 | 15:34 (IDT)

    Israelis are fond of reminiscing about the successful demolition of Iraq's Osirak in 1981 and compare it with the potential bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities. But they 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. PM Begin 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: Saddam did not have long range missiles, and the potential threat from Iraqi jetfighters could easily be contained by the IAF. Even then; Ariel Sharon recalls the Begin cabinet decision approving the attack on Osirak “as the most difficult in Israel’s history” he could remember. It is also good to remember that unlike Netanyahu Sharon never bluffed. He never talked about bombing Iran even when Iran was much more vulnerable and less able to retaliate.

    from the article: Clinton: Unilateral Israeli strike on Iran is in no one's interest
    First published 19:47 03.04.12 | Last updated 19:47 03.04.12
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