Middle East Times | December 15, 2008 | By MEL FRYKBERG
JERUSALEM – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has offered Israel a “nuclear umbrella” to protect it against a possible nuclear attack by Iran, according to sources in the pending U.S. administration that were quoted off record.
This follows U.S. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton‘s democratic electoral campaign statement that Israel and certain Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States should be given deterrence against a possible Iranian attack.
“Iran must know that an attack on Israel will draw a massive response,” said Clinton.
Accompanying the nuclear umbrella would be a new and improved Israeli anti-ballistic missile system which the U.S. George W. Bush administration kicked off by deploying an early-warning radar system in Israel’s Negev desert. This system upgrades Israel’s ability to detect Iranian ballistic missiles.
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