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State Department ex-spokesman: Israel will not attack Iran anytime soon

Iran Materials 19 July 2011 17:13
Israel is not expected to attack Iran anytime in the near future, Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
State Department ex-spokesman: Israel will not attack Iran anytime soon

Israel is not expected to attack Iran anytime in the near future, Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, Haaretz reported.

"The claim Israel will attack Iran soon is not credible," Crowley posted on his Twitter page. "The strategic costs, while not static, still outweigh the prospects of success."

Crowley also explained that the recent revolutions that swept the Arab world were another reason for Israel to refrain from such an attack.

"The Arab Spring has sufficiently complicated Israel's strategic calculus that it is more likely to show restraint in the immediate term."

Crowley, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama for the position, but resigned on March 13, 2011, following comments he made about the alleged mistreatment of military prisoner Bradley Manning, who is suspected of providing WikiLeaks classified diplomatic cables.

Former Mossad head Meir Dagan has recently come under fire in Israel for saying that a military strike against Iran would be "a stupid thing." He warned that an air force strike against Iran has potential for significant complications.

Earlier this week, Robert Baer, a longtime CIA officer who spent 21 years in the Middle East is predicting that Israel will bomb Iran in the fall, dragging the United States into another major war and endangering US military and civilian personnel throughout the Middle East and beyond, Aljazeera reported.

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