Israel Wants Pressure on Iran, Not War

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The New York Times reports that Israel welcomes U.S. pressure on Iran but is not itching for war.

That's because Israel fears any future war with Iran would also mean war with Hezbollah and its thousands of rockets.

The insistent pressure on Iran, analysts said, is instead aimed at either forcing Iran to agree to a nuclear deal far stricter than the existing one, or creating conditions dire enough for fed-up Iranians to overthrow their government.

“Nobody thinks about regime change militarily, but to weaken the regime, to weaken the Iranian economy, and to make the people of Iran change the regime — this is, I think, the ultimate goal,” said Amos Yadlin, a retired head of Israeli military intelligence who runs the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “Another very positive result is a better agreement.”

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