The appeals to Israel by numerous European diplomats attending the Munich security conference last weekend have led to growing concern that Israeli plans to attack Iran are imminent.
The very number of warnings to Israel, and the emphasis with which diplomats have expressed concern, suggest that Israeli plans to attack Iran are real and scheduled to be carried out this June or July, analysts say.
Declarations by U.S. senator Joseph Lieberman about a consensus among Israeli allies that the sanctions recently imposed should make a visible impact on Iranian nuclear policies "before the end of next June" if military strikes are to be avoided, are also seen as pointers that the attacks could take place in the summer.
Experts on foreign relations say that the Israeli government’s military plans against Iran might also be seeking to influence U.S. presidential elections due in November.
According to Francois Heisbourg, president of the French International Institute for Strategic Studies, Israel would carry out the attacks against Iran long before the U.S. elections.
This way, Heisbourg said, Israel would not have to fear "any immediate political consequences, since none of the U.S. candidates would dare to oppose the attack during the campaign."Read the rest at IPS
Europe Fears a Summer Attack on Iran
Analysis by Julio Godoy