War With Iran?

Iran reportedly is considering an attack on Israel that would widen the war in the Middle East. This is from the Wall Street Journal:

Israel is preparing for a direct attack from Iran on southern or northern Israel as soon as Friday or Saturday, according to a person familiar with the matter. A person briefed by the Iranian leadership, however, said that while plans to attack are being discussed, no final decision has been made.
Earlier this week, U.S. intelligence reports showed that an attack on Israeli assets by Iran or its proxies could be imminent, but a source says it now appears that the attack could be within Israel’s borders.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the matter said Thursday that American intelligence reports indicate an Iranian retaliatory strike within days, “possibly on Israeli soil” as opposed to Israeli interests elsewhere.

Ayatollah Khamenei is said to be “concerned a direct attack could backfire with the projectiles being intercepted and Israel responding with a massive retaliation on Iran’s strategic infrastructure.” Yes, that is a legitimate concern all right.

I assume that our government leaked this information in hopes that it would help to prevent Iran from launching a new war. My guess is that the attack will not materialize, at least not within Israel. But that is only a guess. We should know soon.

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