As he prepares for his trip to Israel next week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is leaking his objections to any Israeli operation to prevent Iran from crossing that nuclear weapons threshold:

..senior US defense official has told The Jerusalem Post that an Israeli strike on Iran could be profoundly destabilizing and would affect US interests.

Israel needed to take its relationship with America into account in contemplating any such attack, he warned.

Gates, who last week described the Islamic republic’s nuclear drive as the greatest current threat to global security, is set to spend six hours here next Monday, discussing the Iranian threat with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

……….the senior US defense official also suggested that Syria might be ready to “fundamentally” reorient its position toward the United States, which would include restarting talks with Israel, at a time when Hamas and Hizbullah have been put “on the defensive” by Obama administration policies and events in Iran.

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Those events, said the official, who insisted on anonymity, hadn’t been seen to affect Iran’s timeline on developing nuclear weapons. What was clear, he indicated, was the negative effect an Israeli strike would have.

“A unilateral third-party attack on Iran’s nuclear program could have profoundly destabilizing consequences, and it wouldn’t just affect the general level of stability in the region. It would affect Israel’s security and it would affect our interests, and the safety of our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere,” the official said, when asked if the US expected Israel to inform it of any decision to strike Iran.

“It’s a pretty big deal, and given the closeness of our relationship with Israel, I think we would hope that they would take those strategic calculations into account.” Source

The defense department “source” chose very haunting words, “Israel needed to take its relationship with America into account in contemplating any such attack” andWhat was clear, he indicated, was the negative effect an Israeli strike would have.”

With every step it takes Israel takes into account both her relationship with the United States and the effect that her actions will have on the entire region.  The problem is what this unnamed defense department source, Secretary Gates and indeed the President of the United States are not taking into account is the negative effect an Iranian Atomic Bomb will have:

Speaking for the Iranian regime President Ahmadinejad, has said that it is every good Muslim’s responsibility to he destroy Israel. Ahmadinejad sees politics as the “continuation of war by other means.” When asked by students to define “what’s the most beautiful for a Muslim on earth,” he answered very matter of fact: “To kill and be killed.” Ahmadinejad is convinced that he has been chosen by God to hasten the Mahdi’s (Muslim Messiah) return. The way to achieve this goal for the Iranian president is the occurrence of a nuclear Holocaust. This is why it is so vital for Ahmadinejad that Iran acquires a nuclear weapon. It is also why “mutually assured destruction” (MAD) will not work as a policy with Iran.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, has estimated the effect of a Iranian Nuclear Bomb landing on Tel Aviv:

Secretary Gates anonymous spokesman has suggested that Israel take into account its relationship with America and the negative effect an Israeli strike would have.” Israels first priority will and must always be, the effect that an Iranian strike on Israel will have. That’s What Secretary Gates and President Obama doesn’t realize.