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Ex-IDF intelligence chief: A nuclear Iran more dangerous than military strike (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Natasha Mozgovaya 05/06/12) Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/ex-idf-intelligence-chief-a-nuclear-iran-more-dangerous-than-military-strike-1.428386
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Former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said on Saturday that a nuclear Iran would be more dangerous than carrying out a military strike on Iran.
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Speaking from the crowd in respone to a panel discussion at the Washington Institute´s 2012 Weinberg Founders Conference in Virginia, Yadlin said Iran has a "sophisticated" strategy to pursue nuclear weapons and added his assessment that this strategy is "unfortunately" working.
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Yadlin said he favored exhausting all other options before striking Iran´s nuclear facilities but stressed that a "nuclear Iran is more dangerous than attacking Iran."
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"If they can´t be contained when they don´t have nuclear weapon, how can they be contained when they do?" Yadlin said.
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"I am sure they won´t launch nuclear bomb the moment they get it, but the possibility as a result of miscalculations and lack of stability, they will launch nuclear missile - it´s not a possibility you can ignore," Yadlin continued. "The flying time of a missile from Tehran to Tel Aviv is seven minutes and the temptation for first strike is huge."
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"If you really want all options on the table, you need to be very credible with the military option," Yadlin said.
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During the panel discussion, Dennis Ross, formerly U.S. President Barack Obama´s senior Middle East adviser, said that diplomacy might succeed in stopping Iran´s nuclear program.
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"Why would it work now?" he said. "Now the Iranians are under pressure they´ve never been before. They are isolated internationally, the power balance in region has shifted against them… When they started making threats about shutting the Strait of Hormuz, a very blunt message was sent to them - and they backed [down]."
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Jamie Fly, a former adviser to the George W. Bush administration, spoke about the need to prepare a robust military option.
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"Are we as nation serious about preventing a nuclear Iran or just serious about talking about preventing a nuclear Iran? We don´t want to spend decades in trying to contain a nuclear Iran," he said.
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"We need to take a more serious look at the military option," Fly added. "I don´t agree that we have time, diplomacy is unlikely to work given the record of the Iranians." (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/06/12)
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