Here's the LINK to the Yahoo! News article.
I feel pretty confident in predicting a strike by Israel sometime soon.
They need to do it before Election Day here in the U.S.. President Obama *REALLY* needs it not to happen before then, because his reaction could piss-off half of Florida; but Israel needs to do it before they're locked-in by 4 more years of him holding them back by their proverbial leash with no fear of political repercussions, due to never needing to run for office again.
First off, I need to say up-front that I consider President Obama's refusal to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu to be a national embarrassment. Israel have been one of our staunchest allies for 60+ years and he has, more or less, spent his whole Presidency thus far treating them like trashy cousins his Mom makes him be civil toward at awkward family functions. It's shameful. It's also part of why mouth-breathing wingnuts still think he's allied with some nefarious Islamic conspiracy. It's not rocket science: get tough on this stuff and he'd not only take away some of the ammo being used against him, but he'd also sow-up his reelection quick and in a hurry.
The fact is that Israel cannot have a nuclear Iran. The world cannot have a nuclear Iran. There will be repercussions: I imagine there will be a spike in oil prices, and half the world will take to the streets in anger as a result. Realistically, though, what else can they do? They have been saying all along that they will never allow a nuclear Iran, providing years of warning, and practically begging us to intervene. It will definitely cause a ripple of violence as a backlash. Unfortunately, people will die. We will need to step-up Embassy security, etc. for a while, simply because we are their allies. The truth is that other Arab countries don't want Iran to have the bomb either, so it has got to be done.
Also, one must understand that, while they value we in the U.S. as friends, Israel must be for Israel. Their politics are not always clear and are, at times, possibly even detrimental to us and to many other countries. But, Israel's politics have been consistent since 1948 and can be summed up in one word: survive. Survive, even if that means defying every protocol and disregarding every agenda but their own. Many argue that Israel's motivations and actions never seem to take consequences to others into consideration; but what country's every policy does?
The truth is that we will be detrimentally affected by the ripples from this (maybe even worse than I described above), but I could never justify interfering with the policies of an allied democracy that is surrounded by people who want them dead. If we were in their shoes, we would have long ago nuked everybody within sight of our borders. We're lucky enough to have better neighbors and to be tough enough that few are outright preaching for our demise, for fear of being forced to dine on a 2000 lb. bunker-buster bomb.
In the end, Israel is the only country from that region whose people enjoy such liberties as freedom of religion and freedom of speech; and where people are not executed for things like adultery,
homosexuality, etc. So, if we are picking sides, I'm with them.
Iran cannot be allowed to become a nuclear power. Iran cannot be allowed to close the Straits of Hormuz for an extended period. Not ever and not for any reason. Period.