Ex-CIA chief: Israel cannot strike Iran without US support

Former CIA director Michael Hayden has told an Israeli newspaper that the Jewish state is not capable of carrying out and sustaining military action against Iran’s nuclear sites without U.S. support, and that there is still time before a decision on any such strike needs to be made.

“I do not underestimate the Israeli talent, but geometry and physics tell us that Iran’s nuclear program would pose a difficult challenge to any military,” Hayden told the widely-circulated Haaretz daily in an interview published Tuesday, adding that, “Israel’s resources are more limited than those of the U.S.”

“There is no absolute certainty that all targets are known,” he told the paper, suggesting that Iran’s alleged efforts to conceal a nuclear weapons program may be outwitting even the world’s most advanced espionage agencies.

He reiterated previous comments by American officials who have said a single bombing raid would not be able to inflict significant damage on Iran’s heavily-fortified nuclear sites. “They will have to be revisited – which only the U.S. Air Force would be able to do.”

In what amounted to his most dire warning to Israel’s leaders – who have been warned repeatedly for months by Washington against taking unilateral military action – Hayden said any strike on Iran, “will only set the Iranians back some time and actually push them to do that which it is supposed to prevent, getting nuclear weapons.”

Hayden said that from the evidence available, he believes the Iranians will not achieve the capability to begin work on a nuclear weapon until “2013 or 2014,” and thus no decision on military action by either Israel or the U.S. will be needed until then, though he said it was “probably true that the so-called ‘window’ regarding effective action is closing.”

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, issued a new report on Iran’s nuclear program last week, which raised concerns about new centrifuges installed at the well-fortified Fordo site, and suspicions that Iran was secretly “scrubbing” the Parchin military complex of evidence – but crucially it found that the Islamic Republic was still far away from obtaining the quantity of high-enriched uranium needed to build a bomb.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a hardliner who has made it clear his government is running out of patience as Iran continues its nuclear development, called this week for a “clear red line” by the international community, saying Tehran was using the ongoing international divide over the nuclear standoff to “gain time” to continue its work.

“Iran does not see international determination to stop its nuclear project,” Netanyahu lamented to his cabinet.

In spite of the Israeli government’s impatience, the Obama administration – while it has vowed to “have Israel’s back” in the standoff with Iran – is strongly urging Netanyahu to resist a strike, at least until after the U.S. elections in November.

Meanwhile, one of Iran’s most powerful non-state allies, the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, warned that any strike on Iran’s nuclear sites – by Israel or the U.S. – would be met with “huge” retaliation.

“Iran will not forgive a strike against its nuclear facilities,” Nasrallah said in rare live television interview. “The Zionist entity (Israel) will not be the only target. American bases in the region will be targets, too,” he warned, referring to American bases in the Middle East which are in range of Iran’s conventional missiles.

“America takes responsibility for what Israel does,” he told a Lebanese television channel.

CBS

  • Moe2000

     Jerusalem (CNN) — The entrance door to a
    century-old monastery near Jerusalem was burned away and anti-Christian
    graffiti was sprayed on the walls Tuesday, in what Israeli police said
    appeared to be a nationalistic attack.

    The phrase “Jesus is a
    monkey” was painted on the walls of Latrun Monastery in large orange
    letters, as well as the words “Migron” and “Maoz Esther,” referring to
    two illegal Israeli settler outposts in the West Bank.

    Families were evacuated from the outposts over the weekend by Israeli government forces.

    The Rev. Louis Wahbeh, of
    the 19th century monastery, told CNN that he was shocked that anyone
    would plan and carry out such an attack.

    “This is a direct insult
    to our belief,” he said. “We can’t understand how such people can get to
    this low level of not respecting others, have no ethical background and
    don’t have any human values.”

    He described the incident
    as a “price tag” attack, a term used to describe acts of vandalism by
    radical Israeli settlers exacting a “price” against Palestinian targets
    or Israeli security forces in response to actions by the Israeli
    government.

    Such attacks have often targeted Palestinian mosques and property.

    • 5thDrawer

      And YES there are Palestinians who are Christian, not that Hezzys seem to notice.
      Anyone find those 30 pieces of silver yet ???
      Or are they being recycled?

      • dateam

        i dont get it what do you mean?

        • 5thDrawer

          You need a bible, Dateam. 😉
          Jesus was fingered by Judas for money, paid by the high-priests … the politicians of their day.
          After the Romans took Jesus away, Judas had a guilt-trip and threw the money before he killed himself. No-one picked up the ‘dirty money’ … far as we know. Archelologists might be looking, but being silver it probably dissolved by now … even in the dessert climate. 🙂
          Or … it could be someone’s wine cup by now … who knows??
          The ‘scene’ has been replayed often … we recycle in various ways.

      • dateam

        i dont get it what do you mean?

  • Moe2000

     Jerusalem (CNN) — The entrance door to a
    century-old monastery near Jerusalem was burned away and anti-Christian
    graffiti was sprayed on the walls Tuesday, in what Israeli police said
    appeared to be a nationalistic attack.

    The phrase “Jesus is a
    monkey” was painted on the walls of Latrun Monastery in large orange
    letters, as well as the words “Migron” and “Maoz Esther,” referring to
    two illegal Israeli settler outposts in the West Bank.

    Families were evacuated from the outposts over the weekend by Israeli government forces.

    The Rev. Louis Wahbeh, of
    the 19th century monastery, told CNN that he was shocked that anyone
    would plan and carry out such an attack.

    “This is a direct insult
    to our belief,” he said. “We can’t understand how such people can get to
    this low level of not respecting others, have no ethical background and
    don’t have any human values.”

    He described the incident
    as a “price tag” attack, a term used to describe acts of vandalism by
    radical Israeli settlers exacting a “price” against Palestinian targets
    or Israeli security forces in response to actions by the Israeli
    government.

    Such attacks have often targeted Palestinian mosques and property.

  • Moe2000

     Jerusalem (CNN) — The entrance door to a
    century-old monastery near Jerusalem was burned away and anti-Christian
    graffiti was sprayed on the walls Tuesday, in what Israeli police said
    appeared to be a nationalistic attack.

    The phrase “Jesus is a
    monkey” was painted on the walls of Latrun Monastery in large orange
    letters, as well as the words “Migron” and “Maoz Esther,” referring to
    two illegal Israeli settler outposts in the West Bank.

    Families were evacuated from the outposts over the weekend by Israeli government forces.

    The Rev. Louis Wahbeh, of
    the 19th century monastery, told CNN that he was shocked that anyone
    would plan and carry out such an attack.

    “This is a direct insult
    to our belief,” he said. “We can’t understand how such people can get to
    this low level of not respecting others, have no ethical background and
    don’t have any human values.”

    He described the incident
    as a “price tag” attack, a term used to describe acts of vandalism by
    radical Israeli settlers exacting a “price” against Palestinian targets
    or Israeli security forces in response to actions by the Israeli
    government.

    Such attacks have often targeted Palestinian mosques and property.

    • 5thDrawer

      And YES there are Palestinians who are Christian, not that Hezzys seem to notice.
      Anyone find those 30 pieces of silver yet ???
      Or are they being recycled?

      • dateam

        i dont get it what do you mean?

        • 5thDrawer

          You need a bible, Dateam. 😉
          Jesus was fingered by Judas for money paid by the high-priests … the politicians of their day.
          After the Romans took Jesus away, Judas had a guilt-trip and threw the money before he killed himself. No-one picked up the ‘dirty money’ … far as we know. Archelologists might be looking, but being silver it probably dissolved by now … even in the dessert climate. 🙂
          Or … it could be someone’s wine cup by now … who knows??
          The ‘scene’ has been replayed often … we recycle in various ways.

  • Moe2000

    YaIsraelLibnan is such a pro Zionists website it never reports anything Zionists do to Christians and Muslims in occupied Palestine.

    • 5thDrawer

      You have a point Moe – but then we might as well be reading all the other news sites too. 😉
      YaLibnan was begun for Lebanese … news from ‘home’ I guess & good bits from Ghassan … what else can it be?
      Not many had been doing it, for sure. Even BBC is sometimes days or weeks behind in Leb-News … let alone USA news sites … unless enough people die, which might bring it up to the quality of real in-country Leb-news (See Tripoli Star), which is usually only 2 days behind and a few bits short of info.
      We seem to get enough ‘dialogue’ on what they DO put in … you want more?? 🙂
      But add as you see fit … we read each other, don’t we?
      🙂

  • Moe2000

    YaIsraelLibnan is such a pro Zionists website it never reports anything Zionists do to Christians and Muslims in occupied Palestine.

    • 5thDrawer

      You have a point Moe – but then we might as well be reading all the other news sites too. 😉
      YaLibnan was begun for Lebanese … news from ‘home’ I guess … what else can it be?
      Not many had been doing it, for sure. Even BBC is sometimes days or weeks behind in Leb-News … let alone USA news sites … unless enough people die, which might bring it up to the quality of real in-country Leb-news (See Tripoli Star), which is usually only 2 days behind and a few bits short of info.
      We seem to get enough ‘dialogue’ on what they DO put in … you want more?? 🙂
      But add as you see fit … we read each other, don’t we?
      🙂

  • Mahdi Kenaani

    IsraHELL is a BIG NOTHING without AmeriCANCER. a big ZERO..a BIG 0..a BIG ( I ) .. a BIG ASSH( I )LE..a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG ZER( I ) .. a BIG N( I )THING!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      Well … that was weird … you been into my scotch ??

  • Mahdi Kenaani

    IsraHELL is a BIG NOTHING without AmeriCANCER. a big ZERO..a BIG 0..a BIG ( I ) .. a BIG ASSH( I )LE..a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG ZER( I ) .. a BIG N( I )THING!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      Well … that was weird …