U.S.: No Support for Iran Strike

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In an article in Thursday's paper, Britain's The Guardian quoted unnamed European diplomats who said that the U.S. refused to support an Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear faciliies.

The directive allegedly took place during U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Israel last May to mark the nation's 60th anniversary.

According to the article, Bush told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the U.S. would not support a strike for two main reasons: first, retaliatory strikes against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and its fleet in the Persian Gulf; second, if Israel didn't succeed in seriously damaging Iranian nuclear facilities in one attack, subsequent strikes could lead to all-out war.

The article also stated that because Israeli forces would have to fly over Iraqi airspace to attack Iran, America would be held responsible even if it didn't actively support the strike.

Mark Regev, spokesman for outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, issued a statement in response to the Guardian's article.

"The need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is raised at every meeting between the prime minister and foreign leaders. Israel prefers a diplomatic solution to this issue, but all options must remain on the table. Your unnamed European source attributed words to the prime minister that were not spoken in any working meeting with foreign guests," the statement read.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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