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Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Says Attack on Iran Looks 'Unavoidable'

Rumors of War: Is Bush Gearing Up to Attack Iran?
By Conn Hallinan, Alternet
The May 8 letter from U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to George W. Bush received virtually no media coverage, in spite of the fact that it warned the president that an attack on Iran without Congressional approval would be grounds for impeachment. Rumor has it several senators have been briefed about the possibility of war with Iran.

More US, Israeli threats against Iran
By Peter Symonds, World Socialist Web Site
Strident remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Tuesday once again raised the prospect of a military attack on Iran before the end of the Bush administration.

Iran Mulls Former U.S. Envoys' Plan for Supervised Enrichment
Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg
June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Iran is considering a plan by former U.S. envoys that would allow the Persian Gulf nation to enrich uranium on its own soil under the supervision of other countries and United Nations nuclear inspectors, an Iranian diplomat said.

RFE/RL - Shaul Mofaz, Israel's transport minister and deputy prime minister, has told an Israeli newspaper that an attack on Iran looks "unavoidable" because of the apparent failure of UN sanctions to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

In an interview with the "Yedioth Ahronoth" newspaper to be published on June 8, Mofaz is quoted as saying: "If Iran continues with its program for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it."

Iran denies that its nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons, saying it is for peaceful civilian purposes only.

Asked for a response to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's statement that Israel should be "erased from the map," Mofaz said Ahmadinejad "will disappear before Israel does."

Mofaz is formerly chief of staff of the Israeli Army and a former Israeli defense minister. His remarks are the most explicit threat yet against Iran from a member of the Israeli government.

Some political observers suggest Mofaz's comments are meant for domestic political consumption. They say Mofaz and other senior members of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party could be preparing to run for the top office in case a corruption scandal forces Olmert to resign.

The Israeli government has never gone on record about specific military plans against Iran. Its official position is that military options must not be ruled out if UN sanctions against Iran are to be effective.

compiled from agency reports

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