The calendar also is driving up Israel-Iran tensions. Many experts believe time is running out for Israel to significantly set back Iran’s nuclear program through airstrikes since Iran is moving its nuclear weapons-related activities underground and could rapidly produce enough nuclear fuel for several nuclear weapons even if most of its nuclear sites were destroyed by Israeli bombing. The internal Israeli leadership debate over an attack is also being driven by the U.S. presidential election and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely belief that Israel’s best chance of gaining American support for an attack on Iran is probably prior to the U.S. election.
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