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Gen. Dempsey: Israeli strike on Iran ‘wouldn’t achieve their long-term objectives’

The comments by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, on Sunday come as tensions in the Middle East and Washington have risen to new levels over Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology and the country’s willingness to carry out attacks on the United States and its allies, such as Israel.

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“I'm confident that they understand our concerns, that a strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn't achieve their long-term objectives,” said Dempsey of Israel in an interview aired on CNN’s "Fareed Zakaria GPS." “But I also understand that Israel has national interests that are unique to them. And, of course, they consider Iran to be an existential threat in a way that we have not concluded that Iran is an existential threat.”

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