An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would start a long war and probably not prevent Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons, a think-tank has said.

Oxford Research Group, which promotes non-violent solutions to conflict, said military action should be ruled out as a response to Iran’s possible nuclear weapons ambitions.

“An Israeli attack on Iran would be the start of a protracted conflict that would be unlikely to prevent the eventual acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran and might even encourage it,” ORG said in a report.


It would also lead to instability and unpredictable security consequences for the region and the wider world, it added.

“Long-range strike aircraft acquired from the United States — combined with an improved fleet of tanker aircraft, the deployment of long-range drones and the probable availability of support facilities in northeast Iraq and Azerbaijan — all increase Israel’s potential for action against Iran,” the report said.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said in May that Israel had the capability to hit Iran. Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal. The Jewish state neither confirms nor denies it.

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