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Is Israel Thinking About a Military Strike on Iran? History Tells Us It's Possible.

Is Israel Thinking About a Military Strike on Iran? History Tells Us It's Possible.Iran shot down a U.S. drone on June 19, further escalating tensions between Iran and its adversaries.Relations with Iran have been worsening for months. In early May, one year after the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 between Iran, the U.S., the European Union and five other countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country may also withdraw from the agreement, which limits its ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting sanctions.In June, Rouhani announced that Iran will restart uranium enrichment, which could put the country on track to develop a nuclear weapon within a year. Rouhani’s government insists its uranium will go to civilian nuclear power, not weapons.As a “deterrent” to Iran, the United States is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.The U.S. is not the only country considering a military response in Iran.“Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on June 17. Netanyahu also said Iran must be punished for violating the nuclear agreement.Israel, which has faced threats to its national security since its founding as a Jewish homeland in the Middle East in 1948, is known to take aggressive, preventive action to protect itself – including by launching preemptive strikes on neighboring nations it perceives as threatening.If international relations with Iran grow more volatile, Israel could take dramatic, unilateral action against its neighbor and longtime adversary.How the Begin Doctrine justifies preemptive strikesI’m an international security scholar who studies Israel’s proactive use of its military to prevent nuclear buildup in the Middle East.



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What we know after Trump abruptly canceled the Iran strike

What we know after Trump abruptly canceled the Iran strikeTensions between United States and Iran continued to rise after a U.S. drone was shot down. Poll shows many think we'll be at war within a few years.



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Last-minute Iran strike reversal showcases Trump's confusion on war

Last-minute Iran strike reversal showcases Trump's confusion on warDonald Trump wants to be warlike and he wants to avoid war — and late Thursday, with US bombers poised to unleash explosive fury on Iran, those contradictory impulses came to a head. The surprise revelation that Trump ordered the bombing of Iran in retaliation for downing a US drone, only to pull back at the last minute, encapsulates the paradox at the heart of the White House foreign policy over the last two years. One is caution, believing that endless, repeated wars have been too costly for the United States,” said Rob Malley, a former advisor to Barack Obama who heads the International Crisis Group.



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The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike IranPresident Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion to the shootdown of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Trump says he is “in no hurry,” adding that increasingly severe sanctions meant to push Iran to the nuclear negotiating table are “biting” the Iranian economy. Iran, though, is showing no public inclination to negotiate.



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Trump says he abruptly canceled retaliatory strike on Iran after drone attack

Trump says he abruptly canceled retaliatory strike on Iran after drone attackThere are no indications that Trump's decision will be reversed, the official said.



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Following drone attack, the US prepared a strike against Iran but then withdrew plans, reports say

Following drone attack, the US prepared a strike against Iran but then withdrew plans, reports sayThe Pentagon has called Iran's downing of a drone over international waters a "dangerous and escalatory attack," suggesting a retaliatory strike was coming.



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'This was a direct attack on U.S. assets': Trump's aborted Iran strike draws criticism from Republicans

'This was a direct attack on U.S. assets': Trump's aborted Iran strike draws criticism from RepublicansCongressional Republicans were divided Friday following President Donald Trump's decision to abort a planned missile strike against Iran.



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WRAPUP 6-Trump warned Tehran the U.S. was about to strike, called for talks – Iranian officials

WRAPUP 6-Trump warned Tehran the U.S. was about to strike, called for talks - Iranian officialsIranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent but saying he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues. News of the message, delivered through Oman overnight, came shortly after the New York Times said Trump had approved military strikes against Iran on Friday over the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but called them off at the last minute.



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Iran drone strike: Escalating Iran crisis looks a lot like the path US took to Iraq war

Iran drone strike: Escalating Iran crisis looks a lot like the path US took to Iraq warThe U.S. went to war in Iraq in 2003 based on flawed intelligence supported by hawkish policy makers. Is it doomed to repeat the error with Iran?



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President Trump briefed on missile strike in Saudi Arabia, spokeswoman says

President Trump briefed on missile strike in Saudi Arabia, spokeswoman saysU.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the details of a missile strike in Saudi Arabia, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday. “We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies,” Sanders added. Earlier, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said they had struck a power station in Al-Shuqaiq city, in the Saudi province of Jizan, with a cruise missile, according to the group’s Al Masirah TV.



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