Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, and Bob Baer, a former CIA officer who now writes an intelligence column for Time.com, joined Chris Matthews on "Hardball" tonight to discuss the possibility that Israel will unilaterally attack Iran after the Islamic nation's recent missile tests. In a lengthy conversation about what such an attack might look like and what the fallout would be, both analysts agreed that there's better than a 50-50 chance that Israel will strike Iran in the next year.
Rubin and Baer also agreed that the time frame in which the United States can exercise any influence over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding an airstrike is very limited:
Matthews: How long do we have to keep Netanyahu from acting?
Rubin: I'd say it's in months, if not weeks.
Baer: He's given three months. He's got to see something happening in three months or he's going to start his planning. They've already started their planning.