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An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would not necessarily prevent Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons, according to a British think-tank, Reuters reported Thursday.
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Oxford Research Group said military action should not be used as a response to Iran's possible nuclear weapons ambitions.
"An Israeli attack on Iran would be the start of a protracted conflict
that would be unlikely to prevent the eventual acquisition of nuclear
weapons by Iran and might even encourage it," it said in a report, as
cited by Reuters.
A strike could also lead to greater instability in the region resulting
in unpredictable security consequences, the research group added.
The report, by Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at the University
of Bradford, claimed that a US strike on Iran appeared unlikely but
Israel's capabilities of military action had increased.
The differing approaches to how best to deal with the Iranian threat were seen when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama met earlier in July.
Differences were highlighted between the Obama administration and
Israel when it comes to the perception of the threat posed by a
nuclear-armed Iran, as well as their estimation of the consequences of
preventative military action.
Analysts have said that there are problems stemming from the White House’s belief
that Iran would be willing to strike a “grand bargain” if an American
president emerged who threw cold water on the US-Israeli relationship.