Peres: A nuclear Iran would be a catastrophe (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid 02/24/12)
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President Shimon Peres said Thursday that an Iranian regime with
nuclear weapons would be a "catastrophe", and stressed that Israel
has the right to defend itself.
Peres´ statements come after Haaretz reported earlier Thursday that
the president is expected to tell U.S. President Barack Obama next
month that he does not believe Israel should attack Iran in the near
Israel is an independent country and has the right to defend itself
against dangers, Peres said during a speech before the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem.
Peres said that a nuclear Iran would be a catastrophe and noted that
if Iran would attain a nuclear weapon it would be impossible to
prevent it from exporting terror freely or stop it from controlling
the world economy.
Since early Thursday morning, Peres has received messages from
officials close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak expressing surprise at the report that Peres was
due to voice objection to Israeli attack on Iran.
Officials close to Netanyahu said that the prime minister "was
surprised to see Peres´ comments in the newspaper."
Peres, apparently, decided to use his speech on Thursday afternoon to
attempt to clarify the issue.
"When we say that all options are on the table on Iran, we really
mean it," he said.
Earlier, Lieberman also spoke to the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organizations, and said any public statements
on the Iranian issue are unnecessary and harmful.
"The discussions and decisions on Iran must be left for the
appropriate forums," Lieberman said. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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