Barak: Nuclear Iran More Dangerous than Striking Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/01/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on Monday that as long as Iran
poses a threat to Israel with its nuclear program, all options are on
Speaking with journalists from the Foreign Press Association and
quoted by The Associated Press, Barak said, “I believe it is well
understood in Washington, D.C., as well as in Jerusalem that as long
as there is an existential threat to our people, all options to
prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons should remain on the table.”
“I have enough experience to know that a military option is not a
simple one,” Barak added. “It would be complicated with certain
associated risks. But a radical Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear
weapons would be far more dangerous both for the region and, indeed,
Barak dismissed the remarks by critics of a strike on Iran’s nuclear
facilities, saying, “Parts of the world, including some politically
motivated Israeli figures, prefer to bury their heads in the sand.”
By “politically motivated Israeli figures” he was likely referring to
former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin, who attacked Barak and Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at an open forum.
Diskin said that Netanyahu and Barak are “messianic” and “unfit to
hold the reins of power. They give the public a false picture on the
Iran question. They create the feeling that if Israel does not act,
Iran will have a nuclear bomb, even though experts think that an
attack on Iran will cause it to speed up the process of arming with
Diskin was later supported by former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan. Former
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also implied that, like Diskin, he did not
trust the current leaders of Israel to make the right decisions.
“You have to have full trust in the judgment of those who have to
take decisions,” Olmert told CNN on Monday. “And you could
understand from what I said that maybe something in my trust is
Barak told the foreign journalists that time is running out for a
strike, as “Iran´s military nuclear program will be sufficiently
developed and suitably concealed, rendering the facilities immune to
He also addressed the past year of upheavals in the Middle East that
have overthrown several leaders and caused Islamist political parties
to gain prominence.
“Israel has found itself sitting as an island of stability in a
stormy sea, a sea in which the waves of radicalism are growing in
strength,” Barak said.
“We urge Egypt to contain lawlessness in the Sinai Peninsula," he
said, referring to the unstable security situation in the Sinai
Peninsula since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak
last year. Terror groups have taken advantage of the situation to
carry out terror attacks against Israelis and fire rockets at the
city of Eilat.
“This is imperative in order to keep our two nations firmly on the
path of peace, a peace that has contributed so much to so many for so
long now,” he added.
Barak also addressed Syria, where a bloody 14-month uprising against
President Bashar Assad is in progress.
“Whatever follows Assad´s bloodstained regime will be greeted with
Israel´s extended hand of peace,” he said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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