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Cruz: Israel Strike Against Iran ‘Could Happen In A Matter Of Months’
daily caller ^ | June 10, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 06/10/2014 11:15:27 PM PDT by upchuck

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a small gathering of pro-Israel American leaders Tuesday that an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities “could happen in a matter of months.”

“In my view, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei believes there is no credible deterrence from the United States, there’s not realistic risk of significant consequence for moving forward with their nuclear development,” the Republican told the Spring National Leadership Meeting of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) at the Willard Hotel. “That means, that if they keep going forward, I think if it comes down to it, I have real confidence that the nation of Israel will act to preserve her national security, even if this administration will not act first. And that could happen sooner rather than later — that could happen in a matter of months.”

Cruz, who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a trip to the Jewish state in May, didn’t say how he came to believe an Israeli strike might happen within a matter of months. But Cruz told the assembled JINSA leaders that he believes the Obama administration, which is currently engaged in negotiations with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, has shirked its responsibility in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program and is not taken seriously by Iranian leadership.

“In my view, here is what a responsible president would do,” Cruz, who is believed to be considering a 2016 presidential run, said. “A responsible president would stand up on the world stage and say, ‘Let me be clear: Under no circumstances will the nation of Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capability. We will impose crippling sanctions but they will either stop or we will stop them using all available means, including if necessary direct military force.’”

“In my view, a policy of weakness and appeasement only increases the chance of military conflict,” he said.

Cruz said he believes that preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear-weapons power should be a responsibility shouldered by the United States, but in the absence of U.S. leadership, he takes comfort that Israel will act to defend itself.

“I don’t think Israel should have to act to prevent Iranian nuclear-weapons capability because it is so profoundly in U.S. national security interests that we should act, rather than forcing Israel to act,” he said, “but I do take some comfort that if this administration will not defend our interests, at the very least Israel will defend her interests.”

Over the last several years, there have been many predictions by U.S. political and opinion leaders of an imminent Israeli air attack against Iranian nuclear facilities. So far, none of those predictions have proven accurate.


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Go Cruz!
1 posted on 06/10/2014 11:15:27 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: SoConPubbie

Ping.


2 posted on 06/10/2014 11:15:53 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: upchuck
months

Minutes!

3 posted on 06/10/2014 11:18:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: upchuck

Possible, but isn’t there some political fight already going on in Israel with BiBi and the president or something or other. Might preoccupy them.


4 posted on 06/10/2014 11:18:50 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: upchuck

Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.


5 posted on 06/10/2014 11:19:02 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: upchuck

Go Ted go! Go Israel go! Nuke ‘em! Nuke ‘em now! Purge the world of muzzies! Woo hoo!


6 posted on 06/10/2014 11:20:37 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: upchuck
Awww. Some radical islamic fundamentalist clerics and the regime they use to promote worldwide islamization could possibly be finally bombed back into the stone age.

Wot a bloody shame.

(/sarc)

7 posted on 06/10/2014 11:36:13 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: upchuck

I support Ted on most things, but we have been riding that same creaky old merry-go-round for years; “When will Israel strike?!”, at a certain point, now? later? round and round it goes. One has to presume either the means or the collective will to do so is not there. Israel has a lot to lose by striking hard and heavy during this administration. They know Obama is not to be counted on for support, at least I hope they know by now.


8 posted on 06/10/2014 11:38:27 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: upchuck

It will happen sooner or later, and it appears that nearly the whole world will be involved with no better choice. Iranian leaders have long threatened to destroy the U.S.A, Israel and even the U.K. while building nukes with the aid of Russia and North Korea.


9 posted on 06/10/2014 11:48:39 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: upchuck

You betcha! I stand with Ted


10 posted on 06/10/2014 11:50:42 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: lee martell

They will strike if their intel says Iran is making a bomb. They will not commit suicide...unlike us.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 11:52:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: upchuck

Haven’t we been hearing this for years now?

Kinda like Glenn Beck saying that he has mind altering news that will fundamentally shake us to our core, but we have to wait and tune in next Thursday to hear it.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 12:12:10 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: upchuck

Israel is many years too late on this strike. My guess is that they are no longer willing to launch a preemptive strike, and Israel’s attack on Iran will come after Israel is nuked. It’s sad, but that’s what the political left wants (our left and their left), so that is likely to be what the left gets.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 1:39:09 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: upchuck

Any chance Israel can remove the Muzzie enemies in this country?


14 posted on 06/11/2014 4:18:22 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: upchuck

-——an Israeli strike——

Note the absence of the word air.

The upcoming strike like the previous disruptive actions need not come from the air to be effective


15 posted on 06/11/2014 4:26:25 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Pollster1

There have been several very effective preemptive strikes that disrupted the process.

Stuxnet is the most well known


16 posted on 06/11/2014 4:28:39 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: upchuck

Waiting for Israel to launch an air strike against Iran is like waiting for the Great Pumpkin...with similar results.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 5:26:42 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: upchuck; MountainDad; aposiopetic; crazycatlady; killermosquito; tpmintx; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!
18 posted on 06/11/2014 5:41:35 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: upchuck

Ted Cruz for President


19 posted on 06/11/2014 6:26:47 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Pollster1

That’s my take as well. No preemptive strike. Strike what? The nuke facilities are deeply buried under mountains of rock. Then how do you know what you destroyed without going in there? A very complex problem. Better to infiltrate with spies and try to sabotage from the inside.


20 posted on 06/11/2014 6:37:02 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: DoughtyOne; All
Ronald Reagan: "We begin bombing Russia in 5 minutes"
21 posted on 06/11/2014 7:50:45 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

There you go... :^)


22 posted on 06/11/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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