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Shimon Peres on Ahmadinejad: We'll strike him

Press TV - Israel 'will' launch its much-predicted military strike against Iran, should Washington's overture to Tehran prove to be of no avail.

In an interview with Kol Hai Radio, Israeli President Shimon Peres launched into a tirade against Iran and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warning him about his stance.

Referring to President Obama's promise to soften the Bush administration's line against talking to Iran, Peres said he hoped that such talks would "bear fruit."

He, however, went on to warn that if such talks do not soften the Iranian president's approach "we'll strike him."

President Barack Obama's administration has pledged to lean towards making a major diplomatic overture to Iran -- one that is expected to end 30 years of diplomatic animosity between the two countries as well as resolving Iran's nuclear dispute.

Peres refused to reveal details of the military plan to take out Iran's nuclear infrastructure, but confirmed that Israel would not launch a unilateral strike against Iran.

"We certainly cannot go it alone, without the US, and we definitely can't go against the US. This would be unnecessary," Peres explained.

The remarks come shortly after US Vice President Joe Biden warned Israel against any military action on Iran.

Biden said the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be "ill advised" to try to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

The "fresh approach" of President Obama in dealing with Iran's nuclear case has prompted the Israeli government to watch with great attention as the new US administration works to "diplomatically" engage Tehran.

The new US policy regarding Iran has surprised Israeli circles as they have long sought a green light from the United States to launch an attack on Iran.

Earlier in January The Times reported that the Israeli government had asked for bunker-busting bombs from former president George W. Bush, and demanded refueling and overflight rights over Iraq to take out Iran's main nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz.

The former president, however, deflected the secret Israeli request and revealed that -- as an alternative -- new covert actions aimed at sabotaging Iran's nuclear program had been authorized.

... Payvand News - 04/13/09 ... --

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