Israel Acting Responsibly on Iran, Obama Adviser Says

(Reuters) Dan Williams - Israel and the U.S. are closely conferring about the Iranian nuclear program, U.S. National Security Adviser Jim Jones said in an interview published Sunday. Asked whether Washington was concerned about Israel trying to take on Iran alone, Jones said: "Our Israeli partners are very responsible." Addressing a Washington think-tank Friday, Jones envisaged Iran trying to distract from the diplomatic pressure by ordering proxy attacks from its Islamist guerrilla allies on Israel's borders. "When regimes are feeling pressure, as Iran is internally and will externally in the near future, it often lashes out through its surrogates, including, in Iran's case, Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza," Jones told the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "As pressure on the regime in Tehran builds over its nuclear program, there is a heightened risk of further attacks against Israel," he added.

2010-02-01 09:52:13

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