U.S., Israel Differ on Iran Nuke Intel

By Evan Harris

Jun 27, 2010 10:34am

CIA Director Leon Panetta, in an EXCLUSIVE “This Week” interview, alluded to the differences between American and Israeli perceptions of Iran’s nuclear intentions.  “I think they feel more strongly that Iran has already made the decision to proceed with the bomb,” he said.  When asked the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities within the next two years, Panetta said, Israel was willing to give the US time for diplomacy.  “I think they know that sanctions will have an impact, they know that if we continue to push Iran from a diplomatic point of view, that we can have some impact, and I think they're willing to give us the room to be able to try to change Iran diplomatically and culturally and politically as opposed to changing them militarily.

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