The Time Clock Has Run Out: Israel Ready to Strike Iran Newsmax.com - The Time Clock Has Run Out: Israel Ready to Strike Iran Monday, January 12, 2009 3:56 PM By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size Informed sources in Washington tell Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike against Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities soon â€“ possibly in just days as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office. The reason: The time clock has begun to run out. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear device under the control of its radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in June that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in as little as six months. That six-month period has passed. Reports of Israelâ€™s decision to imminently launch strikes, although unconfirmed, would seem to contradict the Bush stance outlined in a front-page New York Times story last week, which asserted that Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iranâ€™s main nuclear complex.