* Israeli Minister: US will back Israeli strike on Iran *


Richard Moore

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007 by Staff Writer

Lieberman: US will back Israeli strike on Iran

Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that he 
received the tacit blessing of Europe and the United States for an Israeli 
military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

³If we start military operations against Iran alone, then Europe and the US will
support us,² Lieberman told Army Radio following a meeting earlier in the week 
with NATO and European Union officials.

Lieberman said the Western powers acknowledged the severity of the Iranian 
nuclear threat to the Jewish state, but said that ongoing conflicts in 
Afghanistan and Iraq are ³going to prevent the leaders of countries in Europe 
and America from deciding on the use of force to destroy Iran's nuclear 
facilities,² even if diplomacy ultimately fails.

The message Lieberman said the NATO and EU officials conveyed to him is that 
Israel should ³prevent the threat herself.²

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