Vilnai: Israel would still consider military strike against Iran

A senior defense official suggested Friday that Israel would still consider a military strike against Iran to stop what it believes is a nuclear arms program despite a US intelligence assessment this week that the Islamic regime abandoned the atomic project in 2003. For now, Israel believes diplomatic pressure on its top enemy must be exhausted, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Army Radio. But when asked if he believed an Israeli strike was possible, Vilnai said, "no option needs to be off the table." Vilnai did not say if Israel should act alone in any military action. Defense officials have said such a strike would be complicated for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Iran's nuclear development sites are located in several areas around the country.