MK Hanegbi: Iran´s capabilities limited (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Sima Kadmon Published: 04.07.12, 20:12)
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Apocalyptic scenarios about day after Iran strike baseless, Knesset
Member Hanegbi says
Israel not scared of Iran? The apocalyptic scenarios regarding
Iranian retaliation to an Israeli strike are unfounded, as Iran´s
ability to harm Israel is limited, Knesset Member Tzachi Hanegbi
"I estimate, and not based on intuition, that there is no basis for
the apocalyptic scenarios described around here regularly," said
Hanegabi, who for five years headed the Knesset´s Defense and Foreign
"I can´t give you casualty figures, but I know one thing: Iran´s
ability to operate against us is limited," he said.
While the West is finally imposing harsh sanctions on Iran, the
punitive measures have likely come too late to prevent Tehran from
acquiring nuclear weapons, MK Hanegbi said.
"Maybe if they would have done it a few years ago it would have been
effective, but I´m skeptical whether it will secure the desired
results now," he said. "The question is whether once it turns out the
sanctions failed…and the world reconciles itself to a nuclear bomb,
should Israel reconcile with it too."
"My view is that Israel should not reconcile with it, and should not
fear the implication of not reconciling with it," MK Hanegbi
said. "The only question is one of timing. When should we be doing
it. We know what needs to be done, hope not to be forced to do it,
but must prepare for the possibility that this will be forced on us."
"As the price of a nuclear Iran is immeasurably greater than the
price of an operation meant to avert it, I have no dilemma," he said.
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