Israelâ€™s Last Chance to Strike Iran
By Amos Yadlin
February 29, 2012
Tel Aviv – On June 7, 1981, I was one of eight Israeli fighter pilots who bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak. As we sat in the briefing room listening to the army chief of staff, Rafael Eitan, before starting our planesâ€™ engines, I recalled a conversation a week earlier when heâ€™d asked us to voice any concerns about our mission.
We told him about the risks we foresaw: running out of fuel, Iraqi retaliation, how a strike could harm our relationship with America, and the limited impact a successful mission might have â€” perhaps delaying Iraqâ€™s nuclear quest by only a few years. Listening to todayâ€™s debates about Iran, we hear the same arguments and face the same difficulties, even though we understand it is not 1981.
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