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'Israel attack on Iran means regional war'
Former Director of Israel's Mossad spy agency Meir Dagan
Thu Jun 2, 2011 5:25PM
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The former head of Israel's Mossad spy agency has warned against launching a war against Iran, saying any attack on Tehran by Tel Aviv would result in a “regional war.”


"It is important to know what the outcome of an attack on Iran would be, what would happen on the day after and what situation Israel would find itself in on the international stage," CNN quoted Meir Dagan as saying on Thursday.

"An attack on Iran would mean regional war,” stressed Dagan, urging Israeli officials to “consider all options and not to run straight for the war option.”

The former Mossad chief said Israel has made no decision to attack Iran, and added, “I am not familiar with any decision to attack in 2011 or 2012."

In May, Dagan said any Israeli aerial attack against Iran's nuclear facilities a “foolish” measure.

Amid the West's standoff with Iran over its nuclear program, both Tel Aviv and Washington have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike.

They justify the saber-rattling by repeating allegations that Iran's nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda -- claims the Islamic Republic has strongly rejected.

Iran says its nuclear program is completely peaceful and within the framework of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory.

In May, a source close to prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Israeli jet fighters had conducted drills at a military base in Iraq in order to strike targets inside Iran.

According to the report, a considerable number of Israeli warplanes, including F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, and KC-10 jet fighters, were seen at al-Asad Airbase -- the second largest US military airbase in Iraq located in Anbar Province.

The report said that Iraqi officials had not been notified about the drills conducted in collaboration with the US military.

Iranian officials have stressed that any act of aggression by the US and Israel against Iran's nuclear facilities would meet a firm response, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

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