'Chances of Israeli strike against Iran's nuke facilities now higher'

The chances of an Israeli preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities have become significantly higher in the last few weeks, The Times reported Friday, quoting intelligence sources. The report in the British newspaper comes a day before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert heads to Washington to part from outgoing President George W. Bush. The two leaders are expected to discuss the Iranian threat in a meeting Monday. On Thursday, a former top official in the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission told The Jerusalem Post that Iran would have enough highly enriched uranium by the end of 2009 to produce its first nuclear weapon.