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April 21st, 2009
05:34 PM ET

Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear sites?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Iran is warning Israel not to attack its nuclear facilities - with one top official saying if Israel attacks, "Iran will respond in a way that they will not be able to sleep easy anymore." This warning comes a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised tensions between the two countries, calling Israel the "most cruel and repressive racist regime" at a UN conference in Geneva.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is pictured at the UN review conference on racism in Geneva. EU delegates walked out of the conference after Ahmadinejad launched a verbal onslaught against 'cruel' Israel.

Israel, which is now being led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hardline government, says Iran is developing nuclear weapons that could threaten its very existence. Last week Israeli President Shimon Peres dismissed the idea that Israel is planning any kind of attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

But The London Times reports the Israeli military is getting ready to do just that. They say Israeli forces have acquired special aircraft that would be required for the strikes, and are practicing missions to simulate an attack. The newspaper also reports there will be two nationwide drills to help the public prepare for any potential retaliation.

One senior defense official tells the Times that Israel wants to know they could strike Iran within a matter of days or "even hours" if given the green light. It's believed Israel would need to hit more than a dozen targets, including moving convoys.

The same official adds that it's unlikely Israel would bomb Iran's facilities without getting at least tacit approval from the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently told CNN that Israel would be "ill-advised" to attack Iran.

Here’s my question to you: Israel is reportedly getting ready to attack Iran's nuclear sites. Should they?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John from East Liverpool, Ohio writes:
If Iran becomes capable of having nuclear weapons, naturally Israel would feel threatened. Remember how the U.S. and J.F.K. reacted when threatened by Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba? President Kennedy was ready to go to war over that. Just maybe Israel has a point.

Doug from Dallas writes:
Maybe the better question, Jack, is: "What is the world going to do when Israel does attack"? Israel has shown they will do what they think is necessary to protect themselves regardless of what anyone else thinks and they're usually right. Ahmadinejad is a bully and Israel deals with bullies very well. Iran is fueling the fires of hatred; they better be prepared for the response.

Paul writes:
Of course they shouldn't, it would only add validity to Ahmadinejad's vile comments at the UN, spurn more extremism in the area and set the diplomatic process back to square one. The cycle of violence and destruction has to stop sometime, and the quickest road to that should be through focusing on the Palestinian issues and bringing moderate Islamic nations on board.

Marilyn from Tallahassee, Florida writes:
Joe Biden's got it right: "ill-advised" is precisely what an Israeli attack on Iran would be. That said, Israel (whatever you think of the country) has always been a loose cannon. If they decide to strike, they won't ask us first. We won't know 'til we see the smoke.

Rauno from Wisconsin writes:
Israel should not attack Iran, nor is it necessary. Israel already has a huge nuclear arsenal of its own that could obliterate Iran. It is not even clear that Iran has the ability to launch a nuclear attack on Israel… If Israel goes forward with it, the U.S. should withdraw all support for the Israeli government.

Ryan from Galesburg, Illinois writes:
"Israeli forces have acquired special aircraft that would be required for the strikes..." Gee, I wonder where they found those? Can we just say that the U.S. has set up the region for catastrophe?


Filed under: Iran • Israel
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Dwight

    I think the time has come for us to do our own dirty work and to keep Isreal out of it. We've equiped them to take out Iraq and Syrian targets before and left them to incure the wrath of the Arab nation.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  2. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    Six years ago, the U. S. unilaterally launched war with Iraq, took out Saddam, and stitched together a 'coalition' after we were already 'in deep.' Does it make sense for Israel to repeat that blunder? Unlike the surgical strike Israel made over a decade ago, this time it will be an international incident of great proportions.

    The Mid-East has been a 'mad as hell' bee-hive since the 1948 War. And it won't settle down until the core issues between Israel and the Palestinians are resolved ... if they ever will. Unilateral action by Israel (with tacit U. S. approval) will add a generation or two to the the time-line of solution, and likely will be the source of great misery for many.

    There are many ways for the international community to make this 'nut-case' who runs Iran pay for his words and deeds. It is time for the world to use them.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    April 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  3. Bernardo

    Yes; based on Irans should not develop nuclear arms as its many announcements that to reed Isreal of the right to exist

    April 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  4. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Just who do you suppose is perpetuating this insane idea? Could it be a try to undermine our President? Sorry, but I smell a Republican rat in the soup.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  5. Ralph Nelson

    With the current Prime Minister you can take the money to the bank. My understanding is that you have to attack before the weapons are deployed or it becomes much more complicated. If I was Prime Minister I would attack, but that does mean I like it. These are hardened bomb factories and any attack might not reach them and there would be a high price to pay, but if you don't you're a cooked goose. Ralph, Yakima, WA.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  6. Ken-Long Island

    History has shown that the rants of ego-maniacal rulers reflect their true beliefs. The leader of Iran has taken every opportunity to express his desire to see Israel destroyed. Why shouldn't we believe him? He is developing the means to do what he wans, so trying to deter him, seems to me, to be an act of survival. If Achmidinijad had expressed a conciliatory tone, a willingness to negotiate an end to his nuclear ambition, any attempt at all to grasp the olive branch extended to him by President Obama, I might think differently. I think any attempt by the US or Israel to put a stop to a madman's desire to destroy an entire race is justified, asap.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  7. Ronald Holst

    As long As we are not dragged into the middle of it I do not care if they bomb the heck out of them .
    Ron
    San Antonio

    April 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  8. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    VP Biden is right, but who are we to tell them not to when we did a pre-emptive strike in Iraq for no good reason. Isn't Iran going to have elections soon? They should wait and see and not let Ahmedinajad goad them into something that would hurt alot of innocent people.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  9. David from Orange County, CA

    Should they prepare or should they attack? Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best is a sound strategy. But if you're asking viewers and readers if Israel should attack and possibly ignite world war III, then please ask your audience if it thinks you should be more responsible with the questions you pose.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  10. Kevin (Hawaii)

    Jack-

    Pre-emptive strike....(tough call). From the past and current rhetoric coming from "Mahmouth" Ahmadinigad you can understand that Israel feels like a target in waiting for the big one...cant say I would tell them to sit still but I hope if it is decided to pursue such an action I hope they have absolute evidence that Iran was loading the silo's first before kneejerking themselves and the rest of the west into a most certain global chaos.....

    Lets hope it never comes to that.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  11. Onx M

    It would be ill-advised,because it would effectively kill any possibilities and hope for peace in the Middle East. It would be hard for Israel to get any recognition and respect from Mid-Eastern and Arab nations in general,,especially after having a had a major hand in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Gaza civilians..you cant preach peace,then turn around and behave like the schoolyard bully

    April 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  12. Wendell

    Well,
    Sense I'm a Bible believing Christian ,Israel is God's timepiece.If they attack either alone or with the help of the U.S. it will set off a firestorm.
    Most of us refer to this as the start of the Tribulation.

    Wendell
    Dallas,Texas

    April 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  13. Bharg

    Attacking and applying force will always add up to the tensions and hate. Isreal should work with international community to apply pressure and get Iran to negotiating table as quickly possible.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  14. A from Chicago

    If US and/or UN is unable to get Iran to be transparent or abide by the overall consensue, Israel shoul attack Iran's nuclear site for two main reasons
    1. This will weaken or destroy Iran's nuclear weapons capability, which is good for the muslim middle eastern countries too, knowing Iran's head butting habits with all countries in the region.
    2. Once Iran's nuclear issue is put to rest, focus would then move to the creation of Palestinian statehood and put pressure on Israel, as Israel will not have an excuse to delay this lingering conflict and only attend to what it sees as a threat.
    Iran and Israel are actually a danger establishing long-term peace in middle east.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  15. Dwight - Rockford, IL

    With our resources already present in the region, why are we loading Isreal's arsennal to blow Iran's uranium processing facilities to kingdom come? In this day of cruise missles, drone bombers, and our stealth fighters and bombers, why don't we take care of the problem ourselves and spare the people of Isreal the wrath of the Arab nations.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  16. Bob-Norfolk

    I think Israel has over six million reasons to attack destroy ANYONE who threatens their very existance as a people again!

    April 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Jack, if that means that millions of people will be contaminated, or killed, and the areas will be uninhabitable for many years, and generations will be effected with genetic defects and multiple diseases, I would have to say NO.

    Kevin
    Warren, MI

    April 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  18. rick niblick

    why not we attacked irack didn't we for all the wepons of massssss distruction they had

    April 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  19. Bruce

    I cannot even fathom the awful ramifications of such a dangerous option. Israel needs to be completely disarmed if they are even thinking of such a thing. It will generate WWIII within seconds! It can NOT be allowed, at any cost.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  20. John in Santa Barbara

    Enough, Israel needs to attack. Then get ready for a war that they will eventually win at a great price ( but what's that compared to an atomic bomb in Tel Aviv). Iran has money, but their army has no pelotas.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  21. Missy M

    Yes, they should and the US and Europe should for once butt out and stop holding them back. Israel has been bullied by Iran and its allies long enough.

    Missy M, Phoenix, Arizona

    April 21, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  22. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Sounds good to me. We got out of the Great Depression with WW2, so we should be able to get out of this one with WW3. The Middle East can be the Powder Keg this time, Israel can spark it and let the whole world go up like it did in WW1.

    Sure a few hundred million to a billion people will die. Sure we'll probably leave the world an irradiated wasteland. But that's a small price to pay for economic prosperity.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  23. Siegbert Tarrasch

    Okay, 99.99% of the time, I can't stand you (Cafferty), but this is a good question. Though I'm not Jewish, Israeli, or even theological (just some yay-who in California), I'd love to see Israeli do anything to irritate the "President" of Iran. Problem is: The whole would would have this huge hissy-fit. Iran, Palestinians, etc. can all do pretty much whatever they want, to include breaking cease-fires with rocket attacks and suicide bombers and get NO bad press, but the moment Israeli kicks their butts in response, the U.N., media, et al, drop cows all over. Here is my answer: Yes, Israeli should attack those facilities. Why? Because the U.N. is USELESS!! The U.N. has, over and over and over and over again told Iran and other countries, like N. Korea, "Don't do that"; these countries refuse and the U.N. does,.,ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT! If the U.N. actually did do something, I may have answered, "No." But THEY ARE USELESS; at least, in regard to stopping rogue countries from doing this of this nature.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  24. Derek, Chicago

    Hell No! This would be World War III: Endgame scenario beginning!

    April 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  25. spike

    I hope they do, for sure our new President won't. The Iranians have already voiced their intentions...................take the facility out and I'll bet within the week the North Koreans will have a change of heart on their program. I really do wish the administrations idea of having direct talks would work, but we all know (including the President) thats not what works in the real world. Perhaps he should practice on canada or the euros first before Iran lets the genie outa the bottle and then we have to be the bad guys again.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  26. DJ

    No. The region is too volatile and an attack would further its destabilization. Any attack would implicitly involve some form of US consent, especially from the Arab press that see Israel as a US puppet. It would appear, at least from this layperson's point of view, that any planned future effort to "disengage" from Iraq would be severely hampered by an Israeli attack. If the primary reason for the presumptive attack is in response to the UN comments, the answer if HELL NO!

    April 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  27. Chris - IL

    I don't think Israel would be smart to attack. While not the “most cruel and repressive racist regime” as Ahmadinejad says, I think the Israelis have a way to go before they can claim the high ground.

    The US and the rest of the world needs to work harder to solve the Palestinian issue in Israel. Solving that allows them to show success and if Iran keeps up their taunting, then MAYBE an attack will be called for. But I don't think Israel attacking Iran is going to help the middle east or the world.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  28. Roy - Chicago IL

    It would be very nice if Israel would not start fights that the U.S. will have to finish.
    What kind of ally puts its friend in the position of dragging it into a fight because 'they' decide to start one?
    I think if Israel attacks Iran unilaterally, then we should hold all aid to Israel, and review our relationship with them.
    Just because one hardliner decides he want to be even harder than another hardliner, we should not be pulled into this chest thumping party which will not bring peace to the region, but indeed, will cause more misery and bloodshed than Iraq ever did.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  29. eddie

    They should already have done so.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  30. Rick McDaniel / Lewisville, TX

    Herein lies the quandry.....create a destructive weapon, that can eventually fall into the wrong hands, and then what?

    The quandry is, of course, made much worse, by the fact that it may fall into the hands of Islamic extremists, in the form of Iranian Islamists, and you have the makings of the most destructive religious war in the history of the planet......and likely one the planet may not survive.

    For Israel, it is a bigger issue than for others, as they are located in target central and hated by the Islamists, for having another religion in their midst, besides Islam. If we remember that being un-Islamic, means being killed, in the middle east, then by all rationale, they would have little choice, but to attack Iran. (It matters little to the Islamists that the Jews were there before Islam existed.)

    The bigger question, is whether the rest of the world will sacrifice Israel, to the Islamic radicals, or not. Clearly, to do so, will buy little but time, as the Islamic radicals will attack all non-Islamic countries, sooner or later, given they have a sufficiently powerful enough weapon to do so.

    So, perhaps the bigger question is, when will World War III begin? According to most scientific intelligence.......perhaps within as little as 2 yrs., if indeed the Iranians are working on the bomb, and of course, everyone thinks they are.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  31. kristian ortiz

    no way,if israel attacks iran then iran will attack israel and obama will have to defend israel,if i was president i help israel attack iran,
    so much for unity.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  32. Craig Doner

    Israel should seriously consider bombing Iran's purported nuclear sites immediately after it first admits to the rest of the world that it not only has an ongoing nuclear weapons program, but also has in its possession numerous nuclear bombs and the capability of delivering them. The world has seen enough of Bush style threats and saber rattling.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  33. Jose, Pittsburgh

    No yet. Let's see if Obama can convince them, although I am pessimistic. If not, Israel will have to attack them, to survive. That's the problem of living in a bad neighborhood.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  34. Richard Click

    Yes, if the US doesn't have the stomach to respond to Iran's tyrant, let Israel do it.

    Someone has to stop these people. Afghanstan is next with all the Islamic law fights going on. US citizens should stop going there and WE need to stop sending them MONEY.

    Let these people eat the dust on their sandals instead of our welfare.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  35. docb

    Please , Jack, these guys are rattling swords....BiBi, the failed hawk, wants to disrupt the elections in Iran over something said decades ago and to divert attention away from the atrocity of Gaza! !

    And the little dinnerjacket, needs to show some allusion of power for the rest of the world before Obama sits down with the real leader- The Khomeini!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  36. Charles Nasty

    I think that an attack is immienent, from what I have seen in the area, instability is so high that little bouts are no doubt likely to break out into all our war.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  37. Vietnam Vet(DC)

    No Jack ,if they do, then what? because of APAC and the other large pro Israel can do no wrong group, The US will be drawn into another stupid conflict. Rember we are today continuning to fight a shoot first and negotiate later mentality war.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  38. Paul Forbes

    Iran is putting the world at peril. Never, ever underestimate Israel.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  39. Conor in Chicago

    If Israel wants to start World War III then by all means, please-bomb Iran. If there is anybody left to speak of history Israel-and by extension the Jews-will be remembered as the people who ushered in the most horrible period in human history since the Bubonic Plague.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  40. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Israel has a mind of its own. They did attck before and I'm sure will do so again. They are in a self preservation posture.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  41. Carl from Citrus Heights, California

    Israel will do what it will do regardless of any sanction from America. Their very existence is their foremost concern, not political fallout.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  42. Mark (from new york)

    Jack its obvious by now Militant islam will not accept any person or place where Islam is not the religion or islamic law is not the norm. As soon as Iran has nukes, it would like nothing more to destroy israel from the planet and they fear nothing in return as the worlds muslim population is more than enough to repopulate the region. As such if Israel feels an imminent thread and decides to attack Iran to derail its nuclear weapon program.. as an American I would be for it. We American’s can’t just play referee to the world’s problems. We need to stop protecting Israel when they’re fully capable of handling their own defenses. After Iran and Israel fight it out and when the Islamic world has realized that agree to disagree is better than suicide bomings and nuclear war, then we can jump into it and offer them peaceful way out which includes common sense thinking and rejection of ideology.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  43. james a . melching

    If I were Jeweish and living under the persistent threats of Iran, hesitation would not be the select word,to perpetuate the aspect of self-preservation. The new Israel President is one smart politico and has no illusion about Iran's intent. . Its usually best to give the first Punch,then wait for any retaliation. To second guess a closed society and its machinations is,indeed, a precarious and slippery slope. It would appear that the mid east wars is a way of life,providing economies that destroy and create jobs for rebuildiing.History is replete of the ongoing wars in the middle east,and they will not be happy until each of them are destoryed. Let them be Happy-just once.!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  44. Trader Joe

    If they want to attack, they can do it by themselves – they do not need nobody’s support. However in case of nuclear explosion no matter whose fault it is they should take at least 50% of responsibility. If we fight with everyone who wants to have nuclear power plant or weapon then sooner or later we will be fighting with the whole world. We should take example from the European Union where the borders are opened and where are no such problems.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  45. Ken in NC

    Jack, this is a question you should ask Israel. They are their own country. I thought Palin was the only one that didn’t know that. Oh that was Africa. They don't need to ask permission to attack someone if they want to. I just hope they do not take a knife to a gun fight.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  46. Lynne from Cherry Hill NJ

    No....hold off until after Iran's election. I think there may be a new President who may allow UN inspectors in. If you bomb now, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will win again and the world would be better off without him.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  47. fred

    It is a disgrace to have so many people, jews and christians, to talk about attack another country so openly...you wonder why people dislike jews and americans.....we are the most disgracefull group of animals humanity has ever seen..thank you....

    April 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  48. Melony

    I guess they will do it eventually because the Iranian regime does not leave them no other options.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  49. Anthony Delahanty

    Israel should let the US take care of Iran. Iran would be a parking lot in seconds if they decide to do something.

    Israel would only complicate things if they directly executed pre emptive strikes.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  50. Joe

    Israel's intentions to attack Iran reflect it's true colors in regard to people not only outside the country, but in Israel as well, any attack against Iran is sure to be paid for heavily by Israel

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  51. Andrew

    Yes, they should. But only because we are too busy apologizing for the last eight years to do it ourselves.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  52. george

    sure.....and if they do bomb irans nuc. sites they should soly wage there own war.............tacid appprovel or not.....were busy with two wars of our own.
    george
    chester ct.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  53. sweetnaomz

    Yes! Israel should take out those nuclear sites to make everyone else happy and it'll make the world a safer place =)

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  54. Josh

    Of course they should Iran is part of the axis of evil and we should have taken them out 5 years ago when we had the chance

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  55. Jon from Tempe

    Israel has not only a right but a responisbility to defend itself. Ahamdinejad has made his intentions clear that he wants to blow Israel off the map. Do we really want another Adolf Hitler to kill several million jews? Israel is getting prepared in case Iran finally gets that nuclear bomb that they are working on.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  56. Jules Bressers, The Netherlands

    Israel is a sovereign state and an ally. However, its own situation concerning the Palestine question is more urgent in the world theatre, in my opinion.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  57. DigiSlum

    I think Israel should attack Iran on their own. That will solve two problems, one that Israel will give Iran an excuse to destroy them completely at their own expense and second it will be a pretext to Middle East peace...

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  58. Nick D. Neighbour

    Considering that life would be intollerable in Israel, under constant threat of anihilation by Iran, if Iran had a nuclear weapon, the answer is YES!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  59. Tyler

    Well I don't think they should, but if they do, I can certainly understand why. Iran has constantly said how Israel should be "wiped off the map." If any person said that about the U.S. with certainty, we would be there making sure they didn't.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  60. Leah

    Asolutely not, why is Israel such a bully? What gives them the right to attack defenseless people

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  61. Cody NJ

    World War III anybody? All hell would break loose the moment they lifted off to Iran. Israel wouldn't risk it I believe though. So I predict nothing, status quo unchanged.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  62. Conor in Chicago

    Bomb Iran's nuclear sites. Hmmm....I wonder what could go wrong. Oh! I know! Nuclear fall out radiating all of East Asia, including about 60,000 Nato troops in the immediate vicinity.

    Genius Israel. Really, genius...

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  63. Sherri Illinois

    Israel can't attack Iran without permission from Kuwait and Iraq which the USA will not go for. We opened up a horrific can of worms when we invaded Iraq because we loss direction of Iran & Afghanistan and can't afford another conflict whatsoever, so if Israel gets away with attacking Iran then they got the green light from the USA with the stipulation that YOU are on YOUR own. President Obama– No more conflicts.!!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  64. dame

    jack,
    if israel wants to be the U.S. pitbull. i am all for it. letting israel bomb iran nuclear facilities takes care of the "iran problem"

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  65. Edward

    Should they? Absolutely not, and if they do, then they should face whatever the Iranians will do back. America has to get beyond this notion of protecting Israel. This is ridiculous, attacking a sovereign nation for supposedly possessing something that the Israelis have themselves. This is madness.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  66. Nate Waldie

    I think Israel has the right to and impetus to attack Iran given the fact that Iran and the entire middle east is against the existence of Israel. The Arabs and Persians are the most intolerant and vengeful people on the planet.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  67. Daniel

    If the U.S. won't do anything to prevent these people from having nuclear weapons then of course Israel should. These are unstable, crazy barbarians. We, as Americans, must not forget that Iran's hatred is not limited to Israel, but towards the USA and the West in general. Israel must do the same thing in Iran that they did in Iraq against Saddam.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  68. Christian

    Mr. Cafferty,
    If Isreal wants to attack Iran, I say let them, but the United States will have to pick the lesser of two evils. On one hand we get into another conflict that the American people will esent and could possibly lead to retaliation on the United States, or we could remain neutral and have an ally in the Middle East extremley angry with the United States. I say the Obama administration has a tough choice.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  69. Daniel in Kansas

    If Israel feels it is a credible threat from one of their geographical neighbors, who are we to say they shouldn't take actions to protect themselves? We need to stop acting like the entire world's big brother, telling them what they can and can not do.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  70. Michel Plamondon

    Would you say yes if you lived downwind from a potential Tchernobyl?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  71. jasmine

    heck to the no! then they would expect the US to step in and we do not need that right now. They need leave these Arab countries alone. If they attack then they should be left on their own!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  72. Elan

    Jack,
    When the US wanted to conserve soldiers' lives we dropped two nuclear bombs on Japanese civilian populations. Japan did not threaten our existence and had no capability to attack our population but we still did it.
    Iran is threatening Israel's existence and Israel is contemplating destroying military targets inside Iran and we consider it unacceptable?!

    As a person whose family was mostly annahilated during WWII by the Germans, I find it outrageous that anyone would question Israel's right to do so.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  73. Elan

    Jack,
    When the US wanted to conserve soldiers' lives we dropped two nuclear bombs on Japanese civilian populations. Japan did not threaten our existence and had no capability to attack our population but we still did it.
    Iran is threatening Israel's existence and Israel is contemplating destroying military targets inside Iran and we consider it unacceptable?!

    As a person whose family was mostly annahilated during WWII by the Germans, I find it outrageous that anyone would question Israel's right to do so.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  74. Rich from Michigan

    Yes. Nuclear proliferation is best halted by force in these times. Why is it that all members of the current nuclear club were willing to negotiate test and usage bans while the nuclear wannabes of today would never subscribe to negotiated limits? Force is the answer - however regrettably.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  75. Bill Kubilus

    Israel should attack Iran at the soonest possibility. Waiting will only prolong danger to their country and provide Iran greater opportunity to be nuclear and a big, big danger. Iran is a maverick loaded gun and should be disarmed.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  76. Goreful

    Absolutely NOT! As long as Obama is president of the United States Israel are on their own. Be wise and wait for this pansy administration to be over.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  77. Josh McDermott from Idaho

    No. If Isreal attacked Iran they would not awaken a sleeping giant, but rather a sleeping lunatic. Diplomacy and humility are needed, not agression and pride.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  78. Anthony

    Sure, Israel....go ahead and attack Iran....even though VP Biden has already warned them that they would be ill advised to do and with a President who will be hosting Arab leaders in Washington soon.

    This is not the same old Middle East they are used to kicking around.

    Just let me know about when this is going to happen so I can sell some of my stocks and then buy them back a few days later at depressed prices.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  79. JJM

    Yes, Israel should........Iran is a threat to peace in the middleeast

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  80. Josh

    Absolutely: The president of Iran has to know that there are consequences to his actions and words. The time has come for fear mongers to be dealt with

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  81. Ray Hull

    What would you do if you were told that you were going "to be wiped off the map"? They have a right to defend themselves.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  82. Jeff- Austin, TX

    An Israeli attack on Iran and its aftermath would make the Iraq war look like a minor dustup. If we want to lose Iraq in a humiliating fashion and needlessly go to war with Hezbollah (which any terrorist expert will tell you is the real A Team of Islamic Terrorism), then we should give Israel the green light. If we want to save the region from complete conflagration, we should politely tell Israel, "no way in hell."

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  83. amir abukalam

    no they shouldnt , the entire world is not in a mood of war. they should help obama to spread peace and prosperty in the region.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  84. Tommy, Philadelphia

    Hell no Jack! There has yet to be a shred of proof given from the IAEA that Iran has any kind of nuclear weapons program and if we gave Israel the green light, we'd be repeating the same mistake we made with Iraq, that is, going to war on weak or non-existent intelligence. Despite all the blame put on Iran, Israel is the only one saying they plan to strike first or that they plan to strike at all. We need to re-assess who is the aggressor here. Keep in mind, Ahmadinejad doesn't control the Iranian military. I say Hell no!

    -Tommy, Philadelphia

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  85. David T.

    I really do hope Israel is dumb enough to strike Iran. That way Iran and all the Arab countries have the excuse they need to turn Israel into the smoking crater it deserves to be. Israel is a brutal racist regime that targets Arabs while claiming to just want to be left alone.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  86. jo

    No, Israel has no right to start a nuclear war.
    They killed over 1000 innocent civilians this year already.
    THE USA WILL NOT BE DRAWN INTO NUCLEAR WAR BECAUSE
    ISRAEL WANTS US TO.
    The Israeli Govt. has had a secret nuclear weapons industry for decades after they STOLE the technology from us their supposed friends the USA.
    They should not be afraid of another country having the same weapons they have.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  87. john

    If they do...God help us all, they will all have what they been wanting for years...all out holy war, and US to the rescue.millions will die!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  88. young brian

    Iran needs to be shut down, or at least joining the world and live with the different religions in the world.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  89. Jim Dautremont

    It's amazing that Israel is willing to mistreat the Palestinian people, but is unwilling to have a balance of power in the Middle East. If Iran had a bomb, Israel would have to be decent to the Palestinians or else face retaliation. Israel is a bully that needs to be reined in.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  90. brandon

    i think they should. iran is a dangerous country. i also think then united states should do the same thing. if u want to know what else i think cafferty email me.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  91. fernandoj

    Three words...world war three

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  92. Ky Mankind

    Nothing gives Israel the right to attack Iran. Israel will be digging their gaves and possibly starting a 3rd World War should they attack Iran.
    It's hight time for mutual respect in the world. Remember, Snakes don't bite unless threatened. It's a fact.

    -Ky

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  93. Amir Khalatbari

    YES, Isreal should do its best to protect itself IMMEDIATELY! The Islamic Republic and the Hezbollah Dregs in Iran have been a MAJOR PAIN to the free world for the past 30 years. If somebody doesn't do something now, who ever will?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  94. Michael Svoboda

    Israel should absolutely not attack Iran. I hope president Obama will say to Israel resounding NO.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  95. pearl

    No country should have nuclear weapons including Israel – what makes Israel so special to keep their nukes while they are calling for Iran or any other country not to have them. Sure, Iran is outspoken about using theirs which doesn't help, but it doesn't make people of the Middle East feel any safer when Israel is silent about theirs not to mention the increases in cancer cases in the surrounding cities because of their proximity to the nuclear facilities! By no means though should Israel attack Iran – the UN should impose a "no nuclear weapons" law on all countries!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  96. Ruby /TN

    Sure Isral should do what they want to keep theirselves protected. After all Bush lied and started this stupid war we didn't need, and we are no better off ,if anything we are worse off today then ever.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  97. Ruilt

    Only if they want to be responsible for WWIII. And the US has enough to worry about with Pakistan, Afghanastan, as well as Iraq, so if the do this they should do it alone.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  98. jack mill

    Heck No.... If this were to be done then Iran will have every reson to attack Israel.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  99. steven-ohio

    jack,

    maybe the Iranians should use the Bush Doctrine to their advantage. You remember what that was right? The well known doctrine that seemed to escape the well read Sarah Palin.

    Knowing the Israelis are going to attack. Maybe the Iranians should make the first move. I wonder why Sean Hannity failed to ask such a poignant question as this to the former vice president, Darth Vader.

    steven
    fostoria, ohio

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  100. Nicholas, Nigeria

    Iranian nuclear ambition pose a great threat to the existence of the mid east and Isreal most expecially. It will be disaster for a country that has publicly declared its hate to other nation to go nuclear. I am in favor of dialogue that will be within a time frame. If talk fails, Israel should strike the strategic nuclear facilities.

    Nicholas
    Nigeria

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  101. Chris Marchand

    If I knew that my neighbor hated me, the last thing I would let him do is to build a bad reputation about me or my friends, and also I wouldnt let him get away. I say bomb them all and prevent nuclear catastrophe.

    Chris, Tampa FL

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  102. frank

    Absolutely not. It is obvious that no matter what Iran is using their nuclear technology for, Israel will accuse them of building nuclear weapons. Attacking Iran would be throwing a flare in a room full of powder kegs. Israel's less than popular position with her neighbors is the consequence of forty years of abuse and murder perpetuated by Israel. I wonder how many more people Israel thinks it will have to kill before they can all just get along?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  103. John o'shea

    Israel is quite hypocritical about the iranian threat as it is the only country in the middle east to possess nuclear weapons. No body in this world would welcome a nuclear armed iran yet however it should apply to all countries in the middle east. The US should persuade israel to give up it own weapons in order to create a nuclear free region.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  104. Jim Stevens

    Yes thank you Israel. Please bomb Iran's nuclear location back to the stone age. Otherwise no one will and they will surely explode a nuclear bomb eventually. Is there any doubt that a country with an insane idiot in charge would do any differently than he has threatened to do? Fortunately Israel now has a leader who will not put up with this absolute threat to their existence and the safety of the rest of the sane world.

    America Bless Israel and we will be blessed.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  105. Terri Kring

    Two thoughts:

    1. Israel should do what United States would do if Iran was threatening the United States. Wait, they have threatened us but we have not taken them seriously. Maybe Israel should.

    2. Our government doesn't understand that Ahmadinejad wants to bring on WWIII because this will cause the 12 Iman to return.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  106. dominic

    if Isreal attacks Iran that would be a grave miscalculation, that will only leave it more vulneralble and isolated, it would embolden Isreal critics and lead to WW3, as the Us will have no choice but to stick with Isreal

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  107. Zachary - FL

    Acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran is a huge threat to the world. That threat must be taken out by any means necessary before Iran is able to complete its nuclear program.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  108. Sebastian

    Yes and no. You simply have the question backwards. I think Iran should attack Israels nuclear weapons and other WMDs they attain. Not that I'm pro Iranian, but who is Isreal to tell others they cant have nuclear weapons when they lied to our own president and have them thems selfs. Its like the cold war, if I get one you need to get one and its Isreal that introduced nuces in the middle east.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  109. James

    No because if Isreal attacks Iran it will start WW 3

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  110. Tobias

    Israel reserves the right to avoid itself "being wiped off the face of earth"

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  111. Jacqueline

    Jack. Israel should not attach Iran. I don't agree with how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acted at the Race conference, but, he has a point. How can the Jewish people so easily kill so many Palestinians when their own history included the Holocust?. The US should stop all aid to Israel because clearly, they do not want peace. Israel has become the bully in the region and they need to stop. Gaza is a ghetto where the occupants cannot feed their families. These people are in despair and with this comes terrorism. Has anyone see the way the Israelis live and how the Palestinians live. Jack, can you live like that?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  112. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    How bout they both sign a peace treaty, and if anyone breaks it, the UN takes them out. That should motivate the peace!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  113. Chris (Katy, TX)

    The US has been babysitting Israel for too long. If they think it is ok for them to attach Iran then all the White house need to tell them is to be ready for the outcome because they are just thinking of fighting the Arab world. If for once we stop thinking that we are suppose to back Israel on all its stupid decisions then I think they will find a rational behind their action before they act.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  114. alijacup29

    Attacking Iran would be stupid, look what happen to Israel when Israel and Hezbollah went to war, now think what can happen if Israel attack Iran it would be 100 times worst.
    Iran trains and supplies Hezbollah with everything. So attacking Iran would be stupid and foolish. Iran has not attack any country in about 300 years now, think what would happen if Iran was attacked.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Ajay

    I'm always for restraint and don't want to encourage a Bush style pre-emptive strike, but I think that for the last 30 years, Iran has been sabre rattling and has gone from strength to strength.

    I don't think that the Iranian people are like their President, who I think gets his bravado with the clerics backing. The Iranian nation is not and has not been a responsible member of the world community and the world should do what they did in 1990-91 when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and put together a coalition to end the Iranian problem once and for all through words and then, if necessary, by forceful means. I don't think Israel should do it alone as that would be a disaster for peace throughout the Middle East and have devastating economic consequences throughout the world.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  116. Joe Penalty

    How can a country use military force when a statement is made. It is the obligation of the authority of the country to prove the statement made to be fact or disprove the statement made. Not use military action, that is unjust. If Israel attacks that will just prove Ahmadinejad to be right. What are his reasons for believing Israel to be a racist regime?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Claire, Melbourne FL

    I sure hope they don't – Israel is a terrorist nation – like it or not. They have held the Gazans captive and wonder why they fight back. If they bomb Iran – we will have another all out war over there. We should stop Israel's terrorism and stop feeding them weapons – they have nuclear weapons and so does Pakistan – enough is enough – how long do we have to feel sorry for the Holocaust? We stopped it and we keep this holy war going with our stupid reasoning.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  118. Sharon G.

    Absolutely not! When Iran sees the Israeli military, they see us because we've given Israel weapons and money. If Israel attacks, that will create more grievances against the United States and potentially create more terrorists. We need to move toward resolving the issue, not exacerbating it.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Ajit -Michigan

    Jack It's bad enough Pakistan is going down the tube and the Taliban slowly inches it's way to Islamabad and the "red button" ..God helps us all if Iran becomes a nuclear power.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  120. Hayel Garaibeh

    Why no body talks about the Israelis nuclear bumps, they say they want peace yet the do all the opposite. If Israel wants peace; they should implement UN resolutions, then all neighbors will be friendly

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  121. NV Garcia

    I can completely understand why Israel would want to wipe out any nuclear arsenal in Iran. However, if this happens, God help us all. Is the world really ready for WWIII?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  122. Edwin Pagan

    If Israel attacks Iran it is looking to draw the entire world into a conflict that would be disastrous, perhaps even leading to World War lll, or something approximating it. Iran's saber-rattling doesn't help the matter.

    Without the full support of the U.S. and International community, Israel should NOT conduct a covert military strike against Iran - even then it should thread with caution - the results could end up being more dire than the current rhetoric coming of Iran.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  123. Yvette C

    At a time when America is desperately trying to rebuild relationships in the Middle East, an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would only undermine our progress. It would also inspire even more hatred and condemnation toward Israel. It's a lose lose scenario. Why Netanyahu can't understand this is beyond me. Personally, I believe Israel's new leader came into the office with a set of fixed priorities and is not willing to adjust to the new realities which face him, not even for the safety of his country.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  124. Gary (Mayfield Heights)

    What a question! Let's see, in modern history, which nations have used
    the excuse of self-protection to use the doctrine of pre-emptive attacks?
    the United States, Nazi Germany, and now possibly Israel? No nation, under international or moral law, has the right to attack another nation on the premise of it might be attacked. Israel, with over 50 nuclear bombs and a history of attacking Palestinian civilians, is the most dangerous nation in the Middle East, NOT Iran!!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  125. Dan

    No, under no circumstances. We teach conflict resolution in our schools for teenagers in trouble, while World Leaders act like adolescents, and choose to rattle swords than genuinely enter dialogue.

    What Israel needs to do is treat the palestinians with dignity, sit down and negotiate with those they are having troubles with, including Hamas, and put the spotlight on themselves. As a jew, I a reminded that our greatest prophet, Isaiah warned of the dangers of having a state, compromising in the name of national interest the moral core and the long tradition of tolerance and justice.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Jim NY

    Israel seems to think that they can attack whoever they want without the rest of the world saying or doing anything of substance. It is time for all Countries to work together to deal with hostile situations and to hold single actor countries accountable.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  127. Dave in California

    NO, Israel should NOT attack Iran, or any other sovereign country! Israel is a racist and war mongering nation, founded on an oppressive and occupying regime. What did the Iranian president say that was not true? Israel is not above criticism, and criticizing Israels racist policies against the native Palestinian people must be addressed. This constant sweeping generalization that one is an "anti-Semite" for simply criticizing Israel's government is a simple minded attempt to shut anyone up who doesn't openly support everything Israel does. Israel just murdered hundreds of civilians in Gaza, committed blatant war crimes (white phosphorous gas, and numerous other allegations), and have elected an open racist (Lieberman) to represent them. Israel needs to take a step back from bullying everyone one of its neighbors.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  128. Cyril Edeki

    I dont agree with any nation having nuclear power not even the United states. If the Isrealis are worried that the Iranians are preparing a nulear arsenal aginst them, why shouldn´t Iran worry about Isreal´s already aquired nuclear weapon, they are each othere bitter enemy aren´t they?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  129. Reema

    No. Israel needs to take a different approach. Violence in the Middle East will not and has not worked. I suggest Israel take a look at why the region feels the way they do towards them. They need to focus on building a better relationship that is based on trust with the Arab world. That is the only way Israel can exist in that part of the region peacefully.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  130. evelyne Reiss

    Israel must do what it needs to survive. Being the child of Holocaust survivors, who had relatives die in the camps; I wish that Israel would do whatever it needs to exist. Israel only wants peace, why don't the Arabs believe this?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  131. Jon - AZ

    Attacking Iran over the election-year rhetoric being spewed by Ahmadinejad would only play right into his hands. He'll be out of office in a few months anyway, lets concentrate on securing peace in the region rather than presiding over another costly war.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  132. James Sarna

    Sure if you want $10.00 per gallon gasoline, a Greatest Depression, and hastening of World War III, go ahead. Let's face it, both sides of this conflict have done attrocious things. They both need to be dragged, kicking and screaming if need be, back to the negotiating tables and forced to make a deal they can both IMPLEMENT.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  133. Dee Batis

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Not under any circumstances. I agree with Roy from Chicago. This world does not need another war, let alone a nuclear one.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  134. Phil

    Iran wishes to do what Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and other Arab Nations have been unable to do in the 67 and Yom Kippur wars and other conflicts in order to emerge as the leader of the Arab and Islamist world via the use of a nuclear weapon .... Israel can NEVER allow this to happen ...it is tantamount to sheer suicide.
    Phil
    Montreal

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  135. Joseph

    No, thats is rediculous! Without actualy proof they cannot be allowed to attack anyone! And the idea that Iran will use that bomb agaisnt israel is rediculous, they will destroy the very poeple they are fighting for in the process! This goes against common sense.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  136. Marlo

    Only if we let Canada attack ours.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  137. Moh Farooqi

    Let me get this right! Israel, which has 200 illegal nuclear weapons according to international atomic agencies, is mulling over attacking another country which 'might' be working on the bomb? Shouldn't the mideast be nuclear free?

    Isn't whats right and fair for Isreal right and fair for Iran? Iran hasn't attacked any country in over 1000 years! How often does Israel bomb Palestinians in its illegal occupied countries?

    The ONLY way here is if for Isreal to return stolen lands including East Jerusalem and make peace with everyone. Otherwise, it'll only create and deserve misery. And, drag us down with it.

    I wish for peace.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  138. MQu, Louisville

    Israel is a hostile aggressor and commits crimes against humanity, sadly much like the genocide against Jews which we, and I, all stand firmly against today. The Palestinians, who incidentally owned the land first, face prosecution which we hear nothing about on a daily basis. They have been propelled one million years back into the Stone Age. Ease off the Palestinians, and Iran have nothing to attack Israel for. Otherwise, if WWIII and more fundemental radicalism are desired, then yes, Israel should attack.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  139. John

    I think Israel is quite safe with their 200 or so nukes. I doubt the leaders of Iran want to be wiped out if they ever attempted to use such weapons. The fear of death and loss of power and money has kept every leader in the world from using such weapons.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  140. Jim Vick

    Jack
    That part of the world has be fighting each other for thousands of years. Each country trying to element the other. The Muslum world (radicals)will never rest until their mission is finish in extingushing Isareal, not to mention the United States. Just think, if Canada was Iran or Iraq.

    I say bomb the blank our of their Nuclear facilities. They managed to survive without them in the years past. I don't think Iran is building these facilities for peaceful pruposes. My two cents.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  141. knox

    Israel is interested in reestablishing a deterrence that has been lost in recent years due to the Oslo fiasco. A nuclear threat is not one that any nation can play a wait and see game. If Iran continues with its nuclear program, then they should wait and see what happens.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  142. Hamad - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Iran is a dangerous regime for all Arab Gulf states... Israel will do us a favor if they will eliminate Iran's nuclear threat.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  143. yamoh

    This is bogus. If the world wants to be a nuclear free, then all the nations with nuclear facilities should disarm them. This race for world power is going to its extreme. I mean let's get the facts straight. Iran won't accept to stop nuclear enrichment while Israel is allowed to have them. This whole idea of some countries are allowed to have nuclear weapons and others are not, is not gonna work. If we want nuclear free world, then lets ALL do it.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  144. Tony

    I am sick of the fact that the U.S. continues to support Israel in a way it does. If Israel wants to fight Iran then let the fight go on but U.S. should not intervene in any way. This is not our business at all. Why should Israel, India, Pakistan etc.. have the right of having Nucs but not Iran???!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  145. William

    How willing is our people in this country to go to war in the middle east on behalf of Israel ?? ... taking into account the present economic situation and as a democracy ... would it be any consultation if the majority of our population supports it ? ... does it really worth it ? ... how high is the price we as people should pay for friendship with Israel ... the answer should be NO WAY !! .. I have kids to grow and educate and I don't think that such event would benefit them in any way.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  146. christian

    Why? Isreal has nukes and Iran has not attacked them.
    Also–unlike Isreal–Iran has consistently cooperated with the UN and allowed inspection of their nuke facilities.
    Secondly, google "MONGOL JEW"–6 out of 10 of the jews in Isreal and 9 out of 10 of the jews in the United States' ancestors never lived in the middle east ever!!!!
    Their ancestors are mongols who came out of the steppes of central Asia and converted to Judism in the 9th century!!!
    So the Iranian president is right–
    The zionist are uninvited guests to the middle east and HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT THERE.
    Finally, now that south africa is integrated, Isreal is the only apartheid country left in the world. Why do they get so much slack when south africa didn't????

    Christian

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  147. Mike in Avon Lake

    Why shouldn't Israel attack Iran? Somebody's going to have to do it sooner or later ...at least they've got a good track record of success in this area and an extremely high degree of motivation. Let them go for it ...and good luck to them. They'll be doing us all a favor.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  148. Dave on Cape Cod

    Jack,

    It's a no-win situation for Israel. If they don't attack, that nut job in Iran will try to nuke them when he has the ability to do so. If they do attack it will just ignite what the extremists want ..........an all out anti Israel sentiment in the whole area. If Chavez in Venezuala was building nuclear reactors and saying that the USA was evil and he was going to wipe us off the map I am sure we would protect ourselves if they were getting close to have weapons grade uranium.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  149. Adam

    Never start a fight, just finish it!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  150. Rauno

    Israel should not attack Iran nor is it necessary. Israel already has a huge nuclear arsenal of its own that could obliterate Iran. It is not even clear that Iran has the ability to launch a nuclear attack on Israel. The comparison of the current Iranian president to Hitler is ludicrous. If Israel goes forward with it, the U.S. should withdraw all support for the Israeli government.

    Rauno
    Wisconsin

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  151. Mark... Voorhees, New Jersey

    Whoever does it should claim they know nothing about it, and it must have been a gas leak.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  152. Louise in Alabama

    Ahmadinejad just does not get it. Yisrael has not slept since Jacob wrestled with the Angel. He needs to go on a hadj while Haggai, which means Yisrael rebuilds Temple, determines his fate. He may be sleeping with his bride in paradise soon.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  153. Sally bahous

    Certainly NOT. Israel has killed enough people in Gaza, has still not opened the borders for aid to the people of Gaza, and has the only weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Israel uses "defense" as an excuse for its actions while not wanting any country in the region to have a defense system to protect itself against Israeli agression.. It's past time for the United States to recognize Israel's ploys and stop its blind support for that state.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  154. mildred

    It is the Israeli government that has become the "Nazis" of the 21st century in the Middle east. This comment is in no way shape or form anti-jewish, but it is anti this cruel Israeli government that is a tragedy for israel.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  155. phil

    jack if someone keep telling you i will hurt your children and keep repeating it, will you continue to look at him like a dummy until he carries out his threat? the answer is no. you cannot please Ahmadinajad. he has a diffrent mentality. if isreal keeps quiet , they will live to regret it, if they attack iran nuclear facility they will generate global controversy. May God help them .

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  156. Richard U

    On one hand, attacking Iran would be playing right into their hands. They want to be attacked to start a greater war on Israel. The Iranian President would sacrific half his country to "wipe Israel off the map". I think Israel may have to attack. But they can do so if, and only if they have the intelligence needed to destroy ALL their capabilities. Russia is the key. Israel got their nukes by infiltrating the French and German nuclear weapons programs back in the late fifties and sixties. If Israel was able to do the same thing to the Russians who are building and providing Iran with their nuclear technology, then Israle may get the exact locations of all the weapons sites. SO once again, if Israel has the right intelligence, then yes, they have to attack Iran which is defending themselves. Peace.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  157. N. Manetavat

    Why not? Use Bush's Doctrine Pre-emptive Strike.
    Iran should sign treaty with Russia or China. If Iran is attacked, they will help.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  158. Shelley D.

    No.

    Israel taking actions against Iran will only inflame the entire middle east- and who knows how China and Russia would react.

    Sanctions will work against Iran if they are strict enough.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  159. Adam

    Think about it Israel...

    If Iran is a Nazi regime than so are you. The tactics used against the Palestinians are not so vaguely reminiscent of the tactics used by the Germans in the Final Solution.

    If Iran attacked Israel with a nuclear weapon, exactly how many Arabs would that effect? Not only Israel and all of the Palestinians would be wiped out, but Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon would be gone, the northern Saudi Desert and parts of Iraq would be a sheet of GLASS. Not to mention the fallout carried by the prevailing winds into Egypt.

    Europe America and Russia are to blame, not only for the creation of Israel by REFUSING to accept these homeless Jews expelled by the Pogroms and the Final Solution but for the perpetuation of the status quo. Racist as he is he does have a point, incomplete though it may be. The problem of Israel, and guys lets just go back to calling it Palestine when we could all agree, needs to be solved NOW before the problem of racism can be dissolved.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  160. glenn , southeast-texas

    who cares anymore-no matter who wins ! i'm getting up in age and i'd love to see this settled before i kick the bucket . maybe one group would completely wipe out the other and allow some peace for a few generations . you know-we're tired of this juvenile , school-yard behavior . Glenn- Southeast ,Texas

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  161. Gifty from Spain

    Absolutely NO! I believe every country in the world has the right to defend themselves, but Israel’s attack would be an act of aggression. A missile attack would open up a nasty can of never ending worms. Israel should refrain from an act of aggression or they will be responsible for starting a 4th world war!! Lets give Iran the benefit of doubt before starting an unnecessary war, give peace a chance! Fight with words, war never solves anything!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  162. Elliot Kauffman

    Has the world given them much of a choice? All any country is doing to condemn Iran are sanctions that are not working. No one has any intention of doing anything more extreme until Iran throws the first punch. Are we really suppose to expect Israel to do nothing and wait to be hit?

    Elliot,
    Houston

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  163. Kaine from Canada

    I seriously don't think it is a good idea for Israel to attack Iran. Peace is the only solution and Obama needs to act a neutral role between the two. Peace is the only solution.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  164. Ed

    Jack,
    i think Israel should stop bullying its neighbors and attack any country!!! The work can not handle another war and destruction especially in Mideast again!!!
    Also, Israel is the only country in the region with nuclear warheads and does not even obey NPT rules!
    no evidence currently exist that Iran is possessing or pursuing nuclear weapons,and attaching iran will only help and strengthen the position of hard-liners like Ahmadinejad to remain in power, and use this situation to suppress people!!!
    No more war!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  165. James

    IF Isreal is dumb enough to start war with Iran, they think that America has there back.. America does not have enough Money,ect...
    Isreal is starting something that the world won't like..
    Just back of Isreal..

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  166. Micheal Mulcare

    I think Isreal attacking Iran would be pointless, but lets let Isreal decide. I'm sure they would make the right choice.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  167. Will

    Iran is always VERBALLY threatening Israels existence. This is not exactly "shocking" that Iran would question Israels existence. However Iran is becoming increasingly liberal and could possibly not re-elect Ahmajenahad. Israel needs "to wait out" Ahmajenahad's presidency.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  168. Parker

    Sure, if they want to be responsible for World War 3
    If NOT, then BAD IDEA!
    ILL advised is an understatement...

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  169. Dan

    Israel should focus upon the positive and negative aspect in an attack on Iran. What they do maybe good or bad.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  170. Ronald W. Moran

    No one should attack anyone in a Platonic world. In ours, however, it is probably inevitable in a finite, given, and limited period of time. Iran should understand that if it attacks Israel, it will have to deal with an appropriate US response. If Israel attacks Iran, it is absolutely essential that it receives approval (or the like) from the US, which, unless the threat becomes more imminent than it is now, I doubt will be forthcoming. The longer we can help hold off the Middle East confrontation, the longer we (meaning not us but other interested parties) can work to find a solution(s) to problems that often seem impossible to resolve.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  171. Tyler from Montana

    I think that if Israel believes that they are protecting their very existence then they have the right to go on the offensive. We shouldn't forget that a few years ago, we thought our livelihood was under attack by terrorism and used that as justification to attack Iraq without seeking approval from the world at large.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  172. Parsa Rahmatpanah

    Jack, attacking Iran as Joe Biden put it would be very "ill-advised". 30 years of fragile relations with Iran would go to waste and with the world on the brink of financial collapse, and BEGINNING to recover from this recession, attacking Iran would put America in a very scary military position forcing us to clean up the mess caused by the Israelis. This route is not the way to go, and I believe that most of the western countries want to try to get Obama to diplomatically solve this problem after the june election which admadinejad could be removed from power. Lets be serious nothing is going to be done with a bi-polar admadinejad in power, one day hes open to talking with the United States one day, and hating Israel the next. However It is funny how we are talking about Israel attacking Iran not the other way around.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  173. Siegfried B Hellring

    Hey Jack:

    Great Question-Damned if they do-Damned if they don't-it comes with the territory-it's called anti-semitism and it's being taught all across college campuses today by tenured left wing radicals. Israel can't win no matter what they do and they know it.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  174. fola Aderibigbe

    Jack,
    Given the circumstances surrounding this question, i think it will ill adviced for Isreal to attack the Iranian Nuc Facility. It will only go a long way in acertain the allegations that Isreal is a cold , cruel, dictatory and overbearing Nation

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  175. David

    One glaring problem here is that we have in place a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to which Iran is a signatory and Israel is not. We are bound by that treaty to defend Iran's right to make the nuclear fuel rods needed for their reactor. At 3% to 5% enrichment, this material can not make a bomb. What happens when Israel bombs the site, and finds out that, like in Iraq, the power plant is just that, not a clandestine weapons lab such as that at the Dimona site in Israel?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  176. Seppe Nazzoli

    If Israel could spend less time on creating new reasons to bomb other countries, they may have more time for making peace while they have a chance . President Obama can help them if they will " Reach out with their hands instead of their fists." They are really just angry about Iran's comments at the summit and are using this to pursue other agenda's. Sound Familiar?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  177. Murphy

    It would not be diligent for Israel to attack Iran because of the consequences and repercussions that will result from this attack. This will then drag the United States into another war that will in turn bring upon WWIII.
    why can't we all move towards peace and prosperity for all mankind?

    Murphy

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  178. dariel

    It would not be wise for Israel to attack Iran. Although Israel is much stronger, Iran will benefit from the outcome. It will create more extremists and give them new tools and ideology to recruit new members. If Israel does this very thing, it will go against what our administrations policy is towards peace and we will be forced to re-evaluate our relationship with Israel.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  179. idiots

    Israel will do what it wants as they have always done, America should not however support such a bone headed move. I'm amazed that anyone would support this. If they start a war then they better be prepared to fight it on their Own.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  180. Nat B.

    The United States obviously does not support an Israeli attack on Iran at this time. President Obama has made it plain that he wants to pursue diplomatic approaches to resolve conflicts. It would not be wise for Israel to lose the United States as a friend. More and more Americans agree with Obama.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  181. Stephen

    Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear sites. I do not believe anyone here in America has the knowledge or the ability to decide that. On the one hand Iran is moving toward the capability to nuke Israel and they have radical elements within their military government and populace who would destroy Israel if given the chance. On the other hand even if Israel attacked and destroyed all the nuclear facilities in Iran it knows about chances our Iran would still retain enough hidden ability to make or acquire a nuke making the attack nothing more than a way for world opinion to turn against Israel. Israel is faced with a situation that is potentially impossible to win. if you were faced with the possibility of someone who had undying hate for you obtaining a weapon of mass destruction what would you do that is the question, would you attack, would you negotiate, or would you sit back and hope that person cares more about his self preservation that your destruction.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  182. John O'Connor

    If it can be shown that Iran has developed a nuclear capability then YES, Israel should attack Iran. Only Israel can safeguard Israel's security. If a nation (Iran) has openly indicated an in interest in the destruction of a country (Israel) that country has a right to protect itself. We have to be sensitive to the fact that the people of Israel have been on the brink extermination. When someone speaks of destroying them they are in the unique position to say "Been there. Done that. Not gonna let it happen again." If America wants to help Israel out, we should act to remove the threat that faces them. Complaining about what they might do or what they did isn't helpful.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  183. Danni

    Israel will not dare to attack Iran....an attack on Iran will have very heavy consequences for the entire region. We saw what happened to Israel during the 2006 Lebanon war, and Lebanon can’t even compare to the military, population or financial strength that Iran posses. Iran, like any other nation on earth, including Israel, has the right to protect itself and if Israel wants to play with fire, its faith is in its hands.

    Danni Z
    Upland Ca

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  184. Al Leong, Toronto / Chicago

    No.

    However, restraint has never stopped Iran's supporting of the Hamas nor Tehran and the Ayatolla's religious arguments against Israel.

    In the Ezra and Esther, (Torah/Bible), God used Persia (now Iran/Iraq) to help the Israelites. Persia feel because of arrogance and failure to worship God.

    Why has Iran forgotten history despite all their religious arguments and prayers to Allah? Why are some Iranians so ignorant of history and the reality? Hamas fights on fear, anger so the credible threat is necessary from Israel to halt further attacks.

    Israel should, however defend with an appropriate (nuclear) threat but not attack first. Thanks be to God.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  185. Joe - Lethbridge, Alberta

    Israel should NOT attack Iran. It would be a horrible mistake on the part of the Israeli gov't. They would be putting their citizens in extreme danger. More so than they are already in. It's laughable that the current Israeli gov't accuses Ahmadinejad of wanting to "cause another holocaust" with Iran's vibrant Jewish community. Israel is trying to police the middle east.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  186. Art Hambach

    Any war is wrong, especially with today's weapons The US, Russia,China, England, France, India and Packistan: all the atomic countries should form an alliance that warns that an y country that begins a war, or develops atomic weapons will face their rath. Then they should develop a program to destroy their atomic weapons. The Ultimate goal is a planet free of atomic weapons.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  187. Linda Hayes

    From Riverton, NJ

    Even asking if Israel should attack Iran is insanity. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that attacks its neighbors. Recently they attacked Lebanon and then Gaza. Mostly innocent civilians died and were injured. What I can't figure out is why everyone gives Israel a pass. If other countries did what Israel does, they would be strictly maligned in our media, yet Israel seems to get away with murder.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  188. Nati Gopen

    Jack, if Israel has the military capabilities to attack Iran, they should do so asap. Because if they wait too long to attack and nuclear radiation spreads within Iran and even outside her borders, the international community will go nutso. Israel has the right and RESPONSIBILITY to attack Iran well before they can acquire Nuclear arms. As Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, "It's 1938, and Iran is Germany. Ahmadinejad is preparing another holocaust."

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  189. Njaji

    Not unless they truly in their heart of hearts desire WWIII. Iran is a defensive country, not an offensive one. Their existence is threatened by Israel who has dozens of nuclear weapons in secret as well, so Israel cannot claim moral high ground. Whoever throws first punch is guilty. Iran is no threat to Israel. Israel doesn't have enough troops to see that war out anyhow. They would be "ill-advised" to do so, and it would be unneccesary because Iran is no threat.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  190. ArrKay in Los Angeles

    Do the people who comment here that Iran would wipe out Israel if they had nuclear weapons really believe that? Really? Iran's just going to go all out and start chucking nukes? Maybe you should drop your Tom Clancy novels and actually pay attention to the real world. Get real, seriously.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  191. Mark W. Bormann, Renfrew, Canada,

    israel must not attack Iran or its facilities. This would undoubtedly unleash the armageddon.
    Israel should stop its belligerent attitude towards its neighbours and follow the UN direction to return to its original borders and allow the Palestinians to form their own state in their own country and take their hands off Iran.
    The President and his Secretary of State are trying to rersolve the problem peacefully with Iran and the Palestinians. The speeches the Israely prime minister is delivering are not any better than those by the Iranian. Big mouths do not get us anywhere.
    Mark

    April 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  192. Thomas of Baltimore

    I think if Israel attack Iran, this will be the end of Israel. It would open itself for attack with long range missles from Iran, Attack by Hezbollah, Syria and Hamas and this time its chances long term of survival would be slim to none. So no it would be iladvise to take that route.

    Thanks,

    Thomas

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  193. Kevin from New York

    It really depends on the situation. However, I feel that if there is any kind of attack on Israel, there needs to be some sort of response. It should be swift and well executed – an eye for an eye. If Iran does target Israel's power sources or nuclear plants, Israel has all the more reason to attack an equally valued part of Iran's infrastructure. All in all, though, there needs to be much thought before any action is taken.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  194. Richard Miller

    Why do mwe always have to have war. Why not set aside our differences and get along with each other like God intendened us to do.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  195. Bob Brundin

    Israel is in a potentially life threatening situation as a nation. No Doubt!
    HOWEVER,

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  196. Bill Coe

    No, Israel should absolutly not bomb Iran or anyone else for that matter. That would be the same as the USA commiting the act, as we are the only reason that Israel has the capability to do that. In my opion, Israel should remain quiet and be thankful that the US supports them as much as we do.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  197. Joseph

    No, that’s is ridiculous! Without actual proof they cannot be allowed to attack anyone! And the idea that Iran will use that bomb against Israel is beyond ridiculous as they will destroy the very people they are fighting for in the process! This goes against common sense.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  198. Frank

    the thought of isreal bombing iran's nuclear sites doesnt disturb me. what does is the possibility that the attack wont be successful. that would leave a very angry and dangerous iran still with nuclear capabilities. Guess who would have to go and clean up the mess??? that's right, the same country that made that other WMD mistake that we are all still paying for.,,

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  199. George R. Bridges

    Israel should weigh this decision heavily and then act accordingly. Since I'm not an Israeli that's the best I can advise. Israel ultimately is going to do what they believe is in their best interest in the end. I suggest now is a good time to pray for God's intervention.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  200. Carol of Cleveland, Ohio

    With the lunatic Ahmadinejad at the helm, Israel would be unwise not to be prepared. It is my belief that Iran's nuclear capabilities will be used to threaten, not only Israel, but any other countries that stand in its way.

    Preparedness does not constitute a threat.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  201. Dustin M.

    Israel has been threatened by Iran who is now developing their capability to make nuclear bombs. Should they take Iran's threats seriously? If Iran had shown some restraint instead of allowing the shooting of missiles into Israel constantly, along with threats, and Now the speech of holocaust denial then this might not be such a big deal. However it is now a big deal because actions speak for them selves. That small country Israel can not afford to be hit with a nuclear bomb. They are only a very small country. Would we take it seriously if a threat were made like that to the United States. I think we would.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  202. zaboy

    Israel has illegally acquired nuclear weapons but no one is talking. so why shouldnt Iran?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  203. Bill Boccalatte

    If Israel strikes Iran it has created its own problem. Let them get themselves out of the trouble they create. It is not our business. Israel has more than 300 nukes pointed at their neighbors. They have been looking over thir shoulder since 1948. It is their own fault.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  204. Marcus

    I think with reaction of Iran so far to President Obama good gesture to the Islamic country, it shows that, Iran will never change. It seems it source of power is in the creation of problem and taking advantage of UN inability to come together on firm decision to deal with Iran nucleal ambition and threat to Isreal and the world at large. I think Iran need to be Pegged, to be put where they belong. If Isreal can take them up, l think it is better for the world and middleeast at large.
    Marcus, Shanghai, China

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  205. Tony

    I believe that if they are set on preparing for the attack, then that is their right. But in regards to making this a reality, then the United States needs to advise on factual evidence to justify the actions taken. If the actions are taken in Iran, then we should take action in North Korea as well. This needs to be aligned as an alliance action. It seems to me they are doing just the same on the other side of the chess board.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  206. Oscar of Hawaii

    They should before its too late. They are at war with the muslim world anyway and they (Israel) cannot let them (Iran) step ahead of the game.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  207. Jacqueline Mongeot

    A thousand times NO. It would be the beginning of a world war, the destruction of the Middle East (as if we did not damage most of the countries already) , deaths of civilians, of military, sufferings too numerous to foresee. All nations on our planet would have to be involved. What is the matter with men? Only those who have not suffered because of wars can coldly plan to start one. War is the worse calamity inflicted on human beings. It is insane to think about it. It is unthinkable that Jews especially would actually go to war. Their parents and grandparents who survived the Holocaust suffered horribly, don't they remember?
    Jacqueline San Diego

    April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  208. Elliot

    If Iran acquired nuclear weapons, it would pose an intolerable threat to Israel's security, and destabilize the region and the world through its support for terrorism. Israel should attack Iran's nuclear facilities, but only if Iran's June 12 presidential election does not yield a more moderate leader than President Ahmadinejad.

    Elliot
    Philadelphia, PA

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  209. Billy, NYC

    Israel just killed 1400 Palestinians, 3 months ago. Let us not forget, Israel has an undeclared nuclear arsenal. If Israel starts WWWIII with Iran, it's all on Israel. The US has enough problems without constantly bailing out Israel when they start yet another conflict. How about America, take care of only America! We've given Israel enough! It all needs to stop!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  210. Justin, San Marcos CA

    Hey, Israel is free to do whatever it wants, but it better be prepared for absolutely zero help from the United States. I'm just going to say what so many are afraid to say, Jack. I don't know what drives our leaders to do whatever Israel wants – is it some kind of lingering guilt from the Holocaust? Is there a logical reason why we always back them to the detriment of their neighbors? I'm sure the Israeli people are fine, upstanding citizens. But their leaders and their military can be brutal to neighboring nations – and somehow we get sucked into their every whim. I'm personally sick of it.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  211. pat magee

    yes, i believe Isreal should attack iran !

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  212. Harold Myers

    Remember how America acted when Russia tried to assemble missles in Cuba. The govenment moved swiftly to overcome the threat. Neither Israel nor the US should stand still and let Iran continue its stated objective of destroying Israel. Time is running out.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  213. Sonia H Maulsby

    No, I definitely do not think that Israel should attack Iran. Israel depends on this country for the money for all of his war efforts. As an Amerian, i resent this, we did not install Israel in Palestine's territory, and we should not wholly support Israel. I do not want to be dragged into a war on account of Israel. They should be more flexible in seeking harmony with the Palestine people. They should withdraw completely from all territory other than the original defined State of Israel , they should give back all territory gained in subsequent wars.Perhaps they should read President Jimmy Carter's book!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  214. Jordan Hoiberg

    I personally feel that it would be unwise because any small event could have resounding ramifications when one walks the fine line that Israel currently is. Instead I would suggest that Israel exercise more patience until Iran takes radical action and leaves itself open to the yells of the International Community. Right now Israel does not have the support needed nor will it recieve support if it makes strikes against Iran. Instead, exercise a polcy of patience a bit longer and let Iran make the mistake that can be exploited.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  215. Alex S,

    Jack, this is probably not as special as you think, We did this kind of stuff 24/7 during the Cold War, you should only get excited if the plans go into effect which they never did when the Iron Curtain was still up. Israel has all the right in the world to stand ready if all the evidence states Iran is going to attack is attacking. Example say a cruise missile is picked on radar over the Iraq-Syria border heading southwest, I wouldn't see a problem with the IAF destroying every missile pad in Persia, oh, wait a minute, 'the Islamic Republic of Iran'.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  216. james a . melching

    If I were Jeweish and living under the persistent threats of Iran, hesitation would not be the select word,to perpetuate the aspect of self-preservation. The new Israel President is one smart politico and has no illusion about Iran's intent. . Its usually best to give the first Punch,then wait for any retaliation. To second guess a closed society and its machinations is,indeed, a precarious and slippery slope. It would appear that the mid east wars is a way of life,providing economies that destroy and create jobs for rebuildiing.History is replete of the ongoing wars in the middle east,and they will not be happy until each of them are destoryed. Let them be Happy-just once.!!! Springville,calif

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  217. david, from Liverpool - England.

    If you guys are really looking for peace in the middle east, I don't think you should be even thinking about giving the green light to Israel, who's also got nuclear weapons to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  218. TJ Mac

    Israel should do whatever it is necessary to keep their country safe. And if they feel bombing Iran's nuclear sites is what they need to do, so be it. The USA should have nothing to do with this decision. We have no idea what its is like to live nearby a maniac.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  219. Annie, Atlanta

    I'd like to know where Israel feels they have the right to do this; kind of like Bush and Iraq. Good grief, their neighbors hate them already. This is suicide. Hopefully we don't have their back on this one.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  220. Dawuud N. Nyamekye

    Listen the world needs complete peace. This land that the Israelis are living is not theirs. They gained it in a bloody war that America helped with. They should get out of that area and go back to Germany, Poland and America and continue to speak Yiddish like they are accustomed. Why doesn't anyone understand that? They are not Jews as the Bible speaks about and the land is not theirs because the war is not over and I hope that they get them out I hate the fact that we Africans and Iranians and Iraqis are the real Hebrews and these white people call themselves Jews. They are not.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  221. Immy, Tampa FL

    Israel should be really careful as our vice-president has already suggrsted. They could not handle Iranian backed Hisbullah 3 years ago in Lebenon how are they going to handle Iran. Dont forget there are 23,000 rockets pointing on Isreal from the North and also from the South. If all of these are unleashed then Isreal will be sorry. What can you expect from Isreal anyway.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  222. Frank

    MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) seemed to have worked for the US during the arms race with the Soviet Union. Let the arms race begin and Israel will hopefully spend Iran into collapse as Ronald Reagan did to the USSR.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  223. Mary

    If israel attacks iran even if there ready but America is not because
    there in enogh trouble getting there troops out from IRAQ

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  224. Emily, Toronto

    Didn't we just see Queen Rania of Jordan talk about the positive views towards the U.S. now that Obama is President? There was talk about a 2 state solution to the Palestinian/Israeli problem supported by 22 Arab nations. Now, Isreal wants to bomb Iran? Obviously, Israel does NOT want peace, on any terms. Whats the problem? Would US billions of dollars for Israeli armaments stop flowing if there is peace in the region?

    Hopefully, saner heads will prevail!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  225. James Hurt

    Israel bombed Syrian and Iraqi nuclear facilities without a counterstrike from either country, and now they threaten Iran. I'm certain, however, Iran would retaliate militarily and also immediately resume building their nuclear capabilities. How long this go on before Israel commits itself to seeking peace with its neighbors, beginning of course with by ending the occupation and blockade of the West Bank and Gaza?

    Jim
    Costa Rica

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  226. phil

    jack pls where can i buy a gas mask because of these nuclear profilirations ?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  227. Theo k

    Thinking,preparing to attack Iran?Bull.The world would be happy to wake up and hear that Israel has destroyed the iranian Nuclear facilities.I can´t sleep knowing that they have nuclear weapons,point ,do it this night.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  228. YZ

    Iran poses a real threat to Israel, and their nuclear capabilities must be wiped out soon while they still can be (just like they did with Osirak in 1981). A nuclear armed Iran not only poses a threat to Israel, but will begin an all-out arms race in the Middle East. If Iran is not stopped, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and even Iraq will begin to attempt to acquire weapons, so Iran does not have the upper hand.

    However, Israel should not do anything unless it gets a green light from the US. Attacking Iran will begin an all-out war, not only with Iran, but also with Iranian puppets in the Middle East; it will restart a war with Hezbollah in the north, and maybe even one with Syria (who will surely want to reclaim the Golan Heights). A war will develop on all fronts, and will definitely include Iranian missiles. Thus, without guaranteed US protection, it will be stupid to make such a rash decision.

    That being said, Israel should absolutely be ready to attack Iran, for it will keep the pressure on Iran– so it will be aware that someone is taking the threat seriously and has the capabilities and the motive to knock out their nuclear capabilities (for the UN, Europe, and US all will do nothing except useless sanctioning– just look at North Korea).

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  229. Oliver in Miami

    Who cares what the "American People" think about this question/issue? Jack...have you too caved in to this crap where whipping-up people's emotions is more important that actually reporting "the news"? I can't wait for the day when YOUR industry is called before Congress to account for its lack of accountability, ethics, and honesty and for its complicity in the corporate/government-let dumbing-down of America and helping to create a country that's highly opinionated, just not highly educated!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  230. Danny

    If they do then it will certainly adversely effect the world economy. Those that support an attack will find themselves rethinking the outcome as they did after they supported going int Iraq and Afghanistan after 911. Doing so now when the country is bankrupt will only ensure a greater depression for us and the world.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  231. BOBBI

    NO. Israel has no more right to such weapons than Iran. Israel needs to learn to practice diplomacy. The United States needs to make it plain that we will not back Israeli attacks on other countries.FREE THE PALISTINIAN PEOPLE!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  232. Joshua A

    I think Ahmadinejad and his actions can be compared to a teenager with a DUI and a crashed car. You can't let them just get away with doing this. they need to be dealt with accordingly and fast so that they can learn there lesson, and to make sure that they never do it again.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  233. Hussein

    Israel is Nuclear state that is mistreating its arab population. The threat to it from the moslem world is due to this mistreatment. Should the Israeli be honest in their negotiation, stop their apartheid policy and the illegal settlements in the west-bank, then it won't have to worry about threats from the moslem world.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  234. Sunny Lloyd

    I'm sick of always hearing how the Israel's are victims. It's been a long time since Biblical times and Hitler. We've evolved. There are new ways of communicating and compromise. I think Israel should try and follow Obama's lead in chilling out.
    I sure hope we stay out of it!
    I also am sick of those countries, including us, who tell others they can't have nuclear weapons when they can blow up the world many times over. What's that ol' "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."?? "Walk your talk." etc.
    Jack, I've loved ya since NY News. Keep rattling those cages.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  235. Immy, Tampa FL

    The only country that does not publish its map is Isreal. Here they go again for expansion. They have close to 300 nuclear weapons and also included are Hydrogen bombs; why cant others have it and who are they to decide

    April 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  236. Jennifer

    Absolutely NOT. Israel has NO right to keep killing innocent human beings (everyone knows if they bomb Iran, it won't be limited to "nuclear sites". They look for any excuse to destroy countries and to murder innocent lives. Israel has caused more than enough 'holocausts' themselves. Most of the world can see this.

    The international community is overseeing Iran's sites. Iran has passed numerous international inspections. The same can not be said for Israel. Why doesn't anyone talk about Israel's nuclear sites? Iran has made it clear that they will not attack Israel, unless attacked first. Based on history, we all know that Israel has a tendancy to not only be a bully, but has primarily been the attacker (e.g. Palentine, Lebanon, ect). Not Iran. If Israel attacks, WW III will be awaiting us all.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  237. Art Garland

    somebody sure needs too.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  238. Graeme

    Yes, if they want to be remembered for bringing on a holocaust akin to what the Nazis did and which they always rail on about.

    London, UK

    April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  239. MQu, Louisville

    Israel is only paving the way not just for further fundamentalism in the region, but probably a new level and league of extreme radicalism. Israel should be held to blame for the consequences if it desires to attack. Just for the record, this will be financed by American tax payer dollars. Do we get a say... once again, I don't think so.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  240. Walter

    If you (Iran) threaten my live and the lives of my citizens(Israel), I have all the right to stop you using any method and at any cost.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  241. Johnnie T Martin

    NO!NO!NO!... Who do they think they are. Israel has no right what so ever to think they can arbitrarily decide who they want to attack and not attack. If they treated those people like they were half way human they would not have to worry about being bombed.
    I do not want one cent of my taxes given to Israel to put us in another war. We are over there in Iraq because now, having wasting more than a trillion dollars and four thousand men because of Israel.
    I have a eighteen year old grandson who will not go to war to fight for Israel.
    If they go they go on their own .We do not give them any more bombs or money. We don't have money to take care of ourselves and they want us to support an unneeded war for Israel. This must stop. '
    We need to tell Israel they are on their own now.No more money, jets or bombs.
    If they start treating people like humans , and give them back their land , they would not have a thing to worry about.
    American and Europe gave those people land away to Israel, so Europe needs to be responsible , as we are, for Israel's continued occupation of Palestine.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  242. Parsa Rahmatpanah-Newport Beach, CA

    As a 16 year high school student, Jack, I dont think Israel cares if they start WW3 and ruin any future we young people havent already lost in these last 8 years combined with global warning, nuclear arms race, ongoing pointless wars, rising deficit, and a worldwide recession. Obviously the Israelis think the Iranians are bluffing.....why attack a country who supposedly have nuclear weapons that are pointing right at your country, wanting/willing to blow up your entire resistance as a country and as people

    April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  243. Cleveland Bullard. (Bahamas)/ TN

    I feel should go ahead and be proactive rather than reactive, it would only to be wise to annihalate those nuclear plants now....if they allow the young adder to slither on in time a snake shall return in. They Jah's chosen ....prophecy is merely unfolding before our very eyes.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  244. James Sarna

    Maybe we could waterboard them into agreeing to a treaty!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  245. Gary Engle

    Does the United states wait for someone else's approval before they take action against someone who threatens our very existence?? No. Iran has threatened to wipe out Israel. Israel has every right to defend themselves and take whatever action is necessary to assure their safety and existence. Unlike naive Obama, who seems oblivious to the world threat of Irans nuclear capability, Israel knows you cannot fight a reasonable war with an unreasonable enemy.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  246. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    Our Vice President may use the words "ill-advised," but secretly our government will not reveal classified information that would prove the contrary. Most likely, the United States probably encourages Israel to bomb Iranian nuclear sites should they become a serious threat to the their survival. Personally, I think Israel should drop a bomb on Ahmadinejad's palace when they first hit Iranian airspace.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  247. benny

    The air that human breaths today and the liberty that we still share condusively are still manageble b/cos nuclear weapons are in the hands of reasonable goverment who believes in co-existence, let world leaders keep blind eye towards Iran and wait for till we starts buying oxygen for our daily usage.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  248. Mostafa Salem from cairo, egypt

    Iran, as a country, is not stupid. If it decides to attack Israel it will consider the consequences. Now with the Israeli training's and drills the consequences are obvious to the Iranians. We should also consider the fact that the Iranian nuclear sites could still be – even if that sounds absurd to the west- for peaceful purposes. As an Egyptian Im praying for Israel not to attack Iran, even preemptively. Many mid east countries are still living in peace. Our region needs stability, Israel and Iran are not helping, especially as powerful countries who are not currently popular in our region.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  249. jerry

    Jack,
    Half measues, tough talk and bombing nuke sites will not resolve anything. If Israel wants to resolve their beef with Iran, it will take a full nuclear attack with the apporx. 200 nukes Israel possess. That will end it. done... Hopefully , they will not get the rest of us involved. I would not mind living a few more years.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  250. Doug in Montana

    I say the US should stay out of this one. Israel suckered us into a war with Iraq. They continue to occupy land that is not theirs. They have nuclear weapons because we sold the weapons to them. If they attack Iran, they should harvest the consequences. They would be wiser to grow a pair and take a chance with generosity and learn to negotiate.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  251. Julio (who-lee-oh)

    Jack,

    Israel has attacked Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians, and now they want to attack Iranians. The Jews are hypocrites for saying that Iran is like Hitler when in reality Israel is aggressive like the Nazi's. I say lf Israel wants to fight, let them, but when the entire Middle East retaliates don’t come crying to us for help, because Joe Biden already warned them.

    Julio

    April 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  252. Dominik

    Israel shouldn't attack Iran's nuclear sites. Violence gets us nowhere. Lets take this to Justice instead of war. We are heading into the right direction so let's let other countries do the right thing. Since were not in control of other countries of course, they can do what they want. I do not think this is safe though. It might lead to a small war. This is very dangerous. Sometimes the smart thing is never the quick thing.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  253. Mark

    So is it really guns that kill people, or people who pull the trigger that kill people? I’m all for Iran having nuclear power that is used for peaceful purposes and I truly believe that large numbers of Iranians are intelligent and independent people who one day will be able and willing to use nuclear energy in peaceful ways. Unfortunately this Iranian leader is a delusional fanatic, who in his own speeches tells the world that if he has the means to destroy Israel, he will DO IT RIGHT AWAY. This is a direct threat on life of every Israeli citizen, Jewish or Arab alike.
    In addition, as we listen to this maniac’s delusional, psychotic outbursts we can substitute the word Israel for USA, because Israel would only be an opening act. Have no doubts, he wants to destroy America as much as Israel.
    Thus I propose not to bomb the nuclear sites, but to bomb this coward’s whereabouts. Where ever he goes or crawls, he should be welcomed only by carpet bombing.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  254. Mathew, CA

    Its shocking to know the fight over Israel has never been about economics, but based on religion for who's God is the TRUE leader of the world, and when you look at our wars the past twenty years, its been about oil, thats why we cant step in. Because we are a nation that doesnt fight for a cause of religion. We go after some economic benefit we can bring back home, possibly oil. Of course we cant officially state that. This situation is similar to mine at school, you get picked on for being different and believing in something different( which mine be atheism) and to a certain extent do you feel you've had enough. Though the way these human beings solve things is by wasting lives. What kind of God that created this world in beauty supports you on that?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  255. Bill

    NO! NO! NO! Israel continues to cause ALL our problems in the Middle East. On June 8th 1967 they ATTACKED and KILLED 34 and wounded 171 U.S. Navy Sailors when it attacked the USS LIBERTY. we did nothing then so the V.P. Biden warning means nothing to Israel. Israel violates U.N. mandates, spies on the U.S. and KILLS of Servicemen knowing we will do nothing. How many FALSE FLAG OPERATIONS has Israel blamed on someone else???

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  256. Carlos Canada

    Why is Israel going to attack Iran, then they will become the aggresor. Iran is surrounded by nuclear powers, they have the Russians to the north, the Pakistanis to East and the Israelis to the West. Who wouldn´t want to arm themselves with so many nuclear neighbors.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  257. Gene

    The Israelis chose pre-emption in '67 and it led to much blood shed and the first energy crisis during the 70s. Ultimately they had to backtrack. We chose pre-emption in Iraq and look where that got us – now we're backtracking. Do we really want to get ourselves involved in a war with Iran, when we haven't even left Iraq or Afghanistan yet?
    By the way, Ahmadinejad can't wipe his butt without the Ayatollah's permission. The media needs to stop giving this guy more power than he actually has.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  258. Valentine

    Some times you guys there in Washington talks as if Israel is another State of America Israel has the right to defend Her selves they should know what is right for them in that context within their right and international law am talking about Iran and Palestine are we taking of two states or three states because right now Palestine is two Gaza ans West bank Government lets be realistic The Palestinians should first get their house together.
    Again I think The press are just raising this Iranian leader to what he is not just ignore him.

    Valentine

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  259. Nima

    Lets not forget Iran is no Palestine or Lebanon and how Iran stopped Iraqi invasion backed up with US 20 years ago and as Iranian officials warned Isreal today they will fight back if Isreal attackes Irans facilities.So its either Isreal will work with the international community and gets Iran to sit down for negotiations or alot of innocent people will basically get killed on both sides and the chances are Isreal even fails to beat Iran and things get uglier than ever for Isreal. Lets hope leaders do the right thing and reduce the violence in that region.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  260. dfortruth

    No Jack, didn't the leader of Israel say, that the president of America could not tell them how to run their country.

    Obama tries to make peace with the middle east, and Israel wants a war of words of a fool. This could be another Bush, wmd's.

    Sounds like Israel believes they run America, isn't our soldiers in the middle of this, haven't we lost enough lives already. It seems like Israel thinks Obama is weak and they want to be the first to test him.

    I pray its a march of protest in the streets of America.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  261. raul

    Jack
    It is going to happen, it happen to Iraq. I have trained with the Israeli military and they don't play around. The Israelies are waitng for the US government to get the so-called green light. It will be done in our near future.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  262. Ken

    Israel must be proactive. If they wait, they will perish. Fault them if you will, but you would do the same if a neighboring country was developing a weapon of mass destruction and they made it clear they will use it against you.

    Does anyone really believe that Iran is developing nuclear technology solely for domestic energy purposes? This sounds a lot like Hilter's claims of I just want the neighboring country; "really, trust me, I don't want any more."

    Iran is looking to pick a fight and there is only so much you can reasonably be asked to do to avoid the conflict. There comes a point when you must stand your ground and the President of Iran is pushing everyone towards the point of no return. I hope when the dust settles history will record that the blame falls squarely on the instigators in Iran. I'm sure Israel will get the blame - there is an undeniable double-standard when it comes to Israel.

    We will all suffer, but I can't see how this situation will change with the current regime in Iran.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  263. Phyllis Leff

    Israel should nuke them until they glow! The world will be a better place without these terrorists.
    Phyllis Leff
    481 Monaco K
    Delray Beach FL 33446

    April 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  264. David

    Absolutely not Jack. The world needs to move on from the condolences and protection offered since World War II. Present day Israel has shown its true colors in its treatment of the Palestinians. Several research studies have determined that the Middle East problems will only be resolved with a just solution between Israel and its neighbors. Of course the US is of critical importance in this situation and needs to seek justice rather than blindly defending the Israelis.

    David
    Brasil

    April 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  265. Kevin George

    Oh my God, i can't believe most the comments posted. How you people could be that blind of what is happeing in the rest of the world?
    Israël has the best trained army in the all middle east. It has nuclear weapons, and indefectible support from the US and Europe thanks to the Jewish Lobby.
    Israël is colonialist state that do not want peace with its neighbours... Israël is gettting mad, has elected a right extremist government and threatens to launch the last world war... and many of you say: go for it?
    Do you sometimes think?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  266. speedypete

    How crazy are these people. Will they really immediately drop a nuclear bomb on Israel when they gain the capability? Would crazy Muslem extremists really fly two planes into the World Trade Center? Who wants to find out? Israel has real concern for this maniac. Intelligence must keep a close eye on this country's Nuclear capability because they will drop a nuclear bomb on whoever is not with them. It has been clearly communicated that the majority of Muslim countrys in the middle east want to see the destruction of Israel. They may have no choice but to destroy all the nuclear capabilities of this insane country. Take the gun away from the baby before it kills out of pure petulance.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  267. john

    every independent and free nation on this earth has rights, among thoughs rights is national defense. Israel has that right like all other nations. They feel threatened by Iran, therefore they should act. Israel spends more on national defense then any other nation, so they are more then able to do so. However, Iran has thoughs rights as well, and they will react to what ever Israel throws at them. We're all afraid of Iran building nukes. But if they have the ability to build them, they my also have the intellect on how to handle them responsibly. Iran is a Sovereign nation, has been for centuries. its understandable that we fear them because we don't understand them. We shouldn't let or disagreements and lack of understanding of them to effect our judgment of them. Israel should do the same.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  268. Matt from: Clarksville TN

    Yes Jack they should, not only because Israel has a right to exist and defend herself, but, because they would be doing the rest of the world a favor by destroying the very weapons that Al Qaida would enjoy using against the rest of the world. Think about it, if Iran is allowed to get these nukes, Al Qaida WILL use them, no doubt about that. Iran will sell them to the other Arabic countries of the world, of course to the highest bidder, still that won't stop Al Qaida, they have money too, if they're behind all of this piracy off the coast of Somalia, they have even more money now. You know Jack, it looks like some pieces of a puzzle are starting to take shape, I just don't like the way it's starting to look. What do you think?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  269. Joe, Washington D.C.

    Israel’s intentions to attack Iran reflect it’s true colors in regard to people not only outside the country, but in Israel as well, any attack against Iran is sure to be paid for heavily by Israel

    April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  270. Kenneth E. Tucker

    Jack

    Thumbs... down !! What, are you kidding me ?!

    Here's a possible 'future':..

    "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein

    Kenneth in the Adirondacks of NY
    USN Viet Vet – 1971-1973

    April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  271. Richard Miller

    Why do we always have to have war. Why not set aside our differences and get along with each other like God intended us to do. With out nuclear weapons and using them against each other. People also forget that during the Carter Adminstration the Nutrion Bomb was developed which leaves little or no radiation and leaves buildings standing and can be used in cruise missles and on and launched by tanks also. How would Iran and other nations like it if we decided to use that weapon to clean house. Would that help stop this war of words and bring people and countries together to help each other solve problems instead of creating new ones.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  272. fola Aderibigbe

    Isreal should not adopt the antics of a mad Man that chooses to dance in the public market square. Rather,eschew war and show that it takes a Nation like Isreal to" walk the walk and talk the talk".

    April 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  273. Bob Brundin

    Israel's very existence as a nation is threatened. No doubt!
    However, the actions of the Israeli nation to bait its Arab foes by flounting the desire for nationhood by placing roadblock after roadblock in the pathway of peaceful co-existence while at the same time brazenly building their permanent housing and farms in the 'unoccupied' teritoreies would seem to be akin to biting off one's nose to spite their collective face!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  274. Yohannon Fairbairne

    Israel should consider President Keenedy's response to the Cuban Missle crisis.
    I believe Mr Netanhayu was attending Cheltenham High school in Philadelphia the last time the world faced nuclear annihilation.

    One preemptive war in the Middle East per century is enough!

    By the way thanks for all your great work Jack Cafferty

    April 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  275. Delmas Allen

    It was Israel who wiped Palestine off the face of the earth; perhaps Israelis remember that when they rattle their nuclear weapons at Iran. Your listeners need to distinguish between words and deeds; Israel is the country in the middle east who has actually wiped a country off the face of the earth.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  276. Buz/UK

    Jack, that would be the end game for peace in this world for a long time and may be for Israel in the long run. When u are on the brink it's always good to step back. Bombs and violence sow seeds of destruction and fuels the cycle of war.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  277. safeyeh tarassod

    No, absolutely not. As an American-Iranian, I have a hard time believing that the people of Iran agree with this psycho-maniac leader. The June election in Iran will determine Iran's place in the International community and hopefully once in for all, the world will see the last of mr. ahmadinejad. Iranian PEOPLE love Israel and their Jews neighbors. Bombing Iran will only make the lover of Israel suffer which in return the people would rally with the government and at the end, this worth less of a government who cares more about the Arab than its own Persian people, stronger.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  278. Faisal Abdallah, from Northahmpton, England

    Attacking Iran would be a disaster for Israel. Iran is in a different league from Hammas which Israel has failed to dismantle for a long time. This will create ring of fire in the Middle East and it will take long time to sort out the mess.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  279. ALEXANDER

    With due consideration to the acidic cum irreversible hatred Ahmadinajad has elicited towards the state of Israel;I think it is expedient and imperative for Israel to once again display her highly commendable airforce and in fact the entire armed forces to timely impede a devil that would without reservation enlist,sponsor and motivate diehard terrorrists who are uneqivocally prepared to use nuclear weapon to wipeout Israel.Afterall, they have consistently sacrificed their lives recklessly onder the illusive concept of going to heaven.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  280. Howard

    Jews have been persecuted throughout history. From the times of the Pharaohs of Egypt to the totalitarian regime of Hitler in Germany, Jews have been mercilessly tortured and discriminated against. Their cities have been burned to the ground by various armies, and their worship severely restricted. Their temples have been razed to the ground numerous times, and they have been expelled many times from Jerusalem. They have been mercilessly chased out of their homes during the Spanish Inquisition. All in all, the persecution of Jews was mainly spurred by religious and nationalistic sentiments, and slowly zigzagged its way in terms of severity until it reached the peak in the Holocaust.
    Why was Jewish persecution successful? It was successful because it couldn’t be stopped. There was nothing standing between the persecutors and the persecuted.
    Jews know this lesson, and for the first time in history, are capable of defending themselves. They won’t forget the lesson. Iran’s poisonous spewing will lead to it’s own destruction.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  281. remsan

    Isreal should go ahead and attack but should please not turn or expect the UN to clean the mess afterwards that's of course if two countries and the region as a whole live to see the next day.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  282. Carl

    I believe Israel has a right to exist, but who or what gives them the right to attack neighboring countries. I'm not too happy about Iran's desire to venture into the nuclear arena either, but is Israel or even the U.S. the deciders as to who should and should not have nuclear weapons or power? Does military might give you the right to attack any country you please? Should Israel have the right to decide any countries military ambitions other than their own? The resounding answer to all those questions is NO!

    The Israeli's practice a lot of the same tactics on Palestine's populace that the Nazi's used on European Jews. Maybe the question should be, "Should Israel be allowed to maintain its nuclear technology, given their history of abuse on their neighbors?

    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  283. Sali - New Jersey

    Jack, have you ever seen ANY of the photos coming out of Gaza and the West Bank? Do you have ANY IDEA of the TERROR that Israelis have reigned upon Palestinians? Do you know that Palestinian women in Gaza have no means of feeding their babies; that young men have no work? That families are living in bombed out shells? In the last eight years, fewer than ONE DOZEN Israelis have been killed in suicide bomb attacks or mortar attacks – compared to 1000's of Palestinians who have been murdered or injured. And those on the West Bank aren't much better off? I understand the Israeli memory of being wiped out, but at this point in history, the Israelis are projecting their fears onto their Arab neighbors. Ahmadinajhad is so much like GW Bush – so full of bluster. Yet, he doesn't have the power he pretends to have. The Mullahs (who have the REAL power) do not want war with Israel, nor do the Iranian people. Yet – NONE of them will back down if Israel strikes; others in the region will feel compelled to get involved, and the Jewish lobby here in the States will push us to join in. That will be the end. There will be no coming back. And WE CANNOT AFFORD this – no matter how you're counting.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  284. Nick in Orlando

    I understand that Iran is lead by some of the nuttiest, nuts ever to come out of the planters can. But even with that pack of wild barbarians, at the end of the day if Israel attacks Iranian Nuclear sites, I truely believe with the disdain of Israelis in Iran, full out war in the middle east? However if Isreal really wants to protect themselves in fear of inhalation why dont they just fire some of those nuclear missals, the world KNOWS they have and destroy the hole vast area of Iran. It is a lose lose situation either way you put it, so Israel better think there crap out other wise WW3 might start a bit early, and for all you end of the world 2012 nutcases, maybe you were right about the end, just wrong about the year. 2009,2010? bit close, one thing to come from this 'crisis' as a definable run the hills, stick your heads in the sand, run to your bible approach that WE normally do at the beginning of all world wars, lets just hope that einstein was wrong about his prediction of WW4 with sticks and stones.......

    April 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  285. Anne, Missoula MT

    Absolutely not. The situation in the middle east is fragile enough. Iran must be persuaded to abandon their nuclear programs through other means than violence. The west has a history of pushing Iran around, which the current political situation in Iran can be attributed to. Two-thirds of Iran's population is under the age of thirty and they have not been radicalized by war. The regime in Iran needs to be waited out. I have faith in youth of the country and war will only antagonize Iran against the west for further generations.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  286. christian

    Now that Sadham Hussein is dead, Isreal is the only totalitarian country left in the middle east.

    They (zionists) are a pack of land thieves and that is why there is so much trouble in that part of the world.
    The two horizontal blue stripes on their flag are to symbolize the fact that the zionist state will continue to steal Arab land until they have all the land in between the Nile and the Euphrates. The "jews" talk openly about this in their kinesset.

    Zionist spies like Pollard stole our nuclear secrets and gave them the bomb. I do not believe that the Iranians have a nuclear weapons program but–if they do–how can you blame them?????
    As an aside, any indications that Iran is a threat to the US would appear to be pure zionist propaganda.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  287. Johnnie T Martin

    Israel seem to think they have six million reasons to bomb. They do not. White America and Europeans killed more than a hundred millions Africans in the Middle Passage and then half that number again in slavery. Do Black American have the right to bomb America or Europe, hell no. So Israel needs to sit down and shut up.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  288. David

    Israel is and always has been a terrorist nation. It was founded by terrorists, they are proud of it and are still rubbing peoples noses in it.

    If they weren't hiding behind the skirts of the US they could do as they please. Unfortunately, without our support they wouldn't and couldn't exist. They are for better or worse an undeclared state of the union.

    World War Three will one day start or be started by our unwillingness to let them stand on their own two feet.

    David

    April 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  289. Dawson, Minnesota

    No, because the US can't afford to get dragged into that situation should it become a military conflict.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  290. benny from lagos.

    there should be no delay about that. destroy it no or wait till we starts buying oxygen for daily use like bottled water.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  291. Christian New York

    Mr. Cafferty,
    If Israel wants to attack Iran, I say let them, but the United States will have to pick the lesser of two evils. On one hand we get into another conflict that the American people will resent and could possibly lead to retaliation on the United States, or we could remain neutral and have an ally in the Middle East extremley angry with the United States, which may affect any operations either of peace or conflict in that area. I say the Obama administration has a tough choice, best bet is to refer them to the United Nations.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  292. JOY

    Seeing how fragile and complicated the Mid-east peace process is, including taking into consideration all the back room players, everything has to be done NOT to have Israel attack Iran. If Israel attacks Iran, the whole Mid-East could ver well explode like a powderkeg. Terrorist repercussions could possibly occur against the US or European allies. We don't need Armaggedon. What we do need is SMART backdoor diplomacy. Someone with CLOSE ties to Ayatollah Khomeini needs to intervene on a SPIRITUAL basis. On the other hand someone needs to intervene with Israel FINANCIALLY to let them know there could be repercussion if they attack Iran without International approval and all Hell breaks loose. BOTH sides need to be dealt with in the appropriate ways or else it will not work. SYRIA and RUSSIA need to be major players in this. The world is concerned about Iran having a bomb due to their views against Israel. Why does Iran have the view that they have? Can an educated discussion be taken with Iran to respectfully address their grievances? Can this be addressed on a spiritual basis/based upon the Koran? Iran doesn't see the fairness that some countries, including Israel, should have rights that they don't. Israel feels they need to have the upper hand because of past History and Irans attitudes. A middle ground needs to be reached between both using arguments incorporating what they hold most dear. As I said on libertyforum.org under ManhattanPROJECT, get a child psychologist involved in International Affairs.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  293. sam

    jack israel have more boms to destroy the whole mideleast 100 timesover thay used all kind ..i think they will use it anyway they like to kill so if iran make one it will not make any diffrent then again isn,t whats good for the goose good for the gander

    April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  294. RRL

    Yes, Jcak Isreal should action immediately to stop Iran not to have nuclear weapon.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  295. David W.

    It's interesting how CNN, et. al. portrayed the Iranian President's recent condemnation of Israel as racist and cruel and Israel's now years-long threats to attack Iran as if they were disconnected in time and space. No two recent events could be more directly related. Besides, what in particular does CNN., et. al. find incorrect about the Iranian President's recently voiced assessment of Israeli behavior over the last 60 years? I can't detect an error.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  296. Dave

    Israel should and will attack and destroy the Iranian nuclear program. And... nothing will happen as a response. Yes, some governments will condemn the action. And yes, there will be some anti-Israeli press. But, absolutely nothing else will happen.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  297. Frank Hummel St. Louis, MO area

    Israel has (has been KNOWN to have had for many years - since the revelations by Mordechai Vanunu) a significant arsenal of nuclear weapons of its own (at least about 300 of the damned things). The notion that even if Iran and/or other Moslem countries WERE to achieve the capability to develop a nuclear weapon it would somehow "destabilize" the "peaceful balance" of things in the Middle East is a total fiction.

    Israel certainly does NOT have any sort of "God-given right" to dictate to Iran that it cannot pursue nuclear technology. If they were to bomb Iran "pre-emptively", killing God only knows how many MORE Arabs, that would surely VALIDATE Ahmanidinejad's characterizations of Israel that prompted all those European diplomats to walk out on him!
    And in THAT case - WE SHOULD TOO!!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  298. Rev. Catherine Alder

    Israel acts in racist ways toward Bedouins they place on toxic land with no services in the Negev in "unrecognized villages. Palestinians are given water once per week while Jewish settlers have water twenty four hours per day to water gardens and fill pools on land taken from the Palestinians. The wall cuts Palestinians away from hospitals, schools, jobs. The Palestinian homes are bulldozed both in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Thousands were killed in Gaza. Our government gives over $10 million dollars per day to support this apartheid building and racist state. Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons. No one should use these weapons and the United States had best let them know that all funding would be withdrawn if Israel does use them.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  299. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Yes they should, but then again I hope they don't.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm |