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Vice Premier and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon said
Thursday that Iran´s nuclear program is the leading global security
"The main threat to regional and world stability comes from Tehran
and the Iranian regime." Yaalon stressed during the visit referred to
in high school in Kiryat Haim.
"Imagine what it would do upon achieving such capability," Yaalon
said, adding "The nuclear umbrella will not just open against us, but
against the United States."
"What if they put a dirty bomb in Manhattan, Los Angeles, or the Port
of Haifa? This could come to pass if Iran obtains military nuclear
capability. The whole world understands this today - and in recent
months it has risen to the top of the global agnda.
"Given that everyone agrees we should stop [Iran´s] nuclear program,
we must convey our determination to impose sanctions backed up by a
strong and credible military threat. If Iran feels the genuine
pressure of a threat, it will act rationally. When you threaten their
survival, they become irrational," Yaalon said.
However, Yaalon was highly critical of what he described as the
West´s "hesitancy" in dealing with Tehran.
"On the one hand the West has levied sanctions, which is good,"
Yaalon said. "But, on the other hand, the West hesitates because they
worry over rising oil prices. Iranians call this fear and manipulate
them, threatening a crisis in the Straits of Hormuz - threatening a
sharp rise in prices fuel."
As a result the West just "wants to intensify sanctions rather than
strike and see gas prices rise. It is better to pay more for gasoline
now than when Iran becomes a nuclear power and can directly control
oil prices," he said.
As for the military option, Yaalon said "the West wants to avoid a
confrontation and we must confront them about it. The military option
is a last resort, but we must make it clear the threat is serious. If
no one else will act, we have no choice but to do it ourselves."
"It does not matter whether we attack or coalition forces led by the
US attack, there is no doubt that the Iranians will strike at Israel
either way," he added. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/23/12)
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