Iran's nuclear program is driven by the nuclear threat it faces from Israel every day, instead of pretending it does not exist, Iran will never back down come what may, and rightfully so. When we acquired nuclear weapons, the Russians responded in kind; Pakistan did the same when India developed a nuclear capability. Why should Iran not do what is necessary to protect itself against the trigger happy Israelis who is just itching for a chance to pounce on Iran at the drop of a hat? Ten years ago it may have been possible for Israel to attack Iran without serious consequences, that opportunity no longer exist for Israel...It's off the table, Israel is afraid of the consequences.
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