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West making case to Israel: Don't attack Iran
West appeals to Israel, saying strike on Iran would actually make the clerical regime stronger
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Israel's major allies in the West are working hard to talk it out of a unilateral military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. The lobbying effort's argument is that an attack would strengthen, not weaken, the regime in Tehran.

The United States is leading the persuasion initiative, even though Washington largely has concluded that outside argument will have little effect on Israeli decision-making.

Israel fears Iran is fast approaching a point where a limited military strike would no longer be enough to head off an Iranian nuclear bomb that could be used against the Jewish state.

The U.S. and its allies hope to hold off an Israeli strike at least until the latest round of sanctions take effect later this year directly on Iran's oil sector, its lifeblood.

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