Iran Thinks US and Israel Unable to Attack, Says Barak (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/30/12)
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Iran is convinced that Israeli and the United States are unable to
stage an attack on its nuclear facilities, Defense Minister Ehud
Barak told the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
He added that Iran is only trying to buy time while it tries to reach
the point where it cannot be successfully attacked and can develop
the capability to manufacture a nuclear weapon.
Speaking at an INSS conference at Tel Aviv University, Barak
warned, “The Iranian threat is significant and is not disappearing.
We are at a fateful crossroads." Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
spelled out at the conference Tuesday night Israel’s demands from the
world powers trying to reach an agreement with Iran over
international supervision of its nuclear program. Iran already is
enriching 20 percent grade uranium, a key element for a nuclear
weapon, and Israel wants it to be restricted to "zero enrichment."
“Why not draw clear red lines,” Barak said in his lecture, adding
that the Iranian Ayatollah and his aides “are not dumb and correctly
understand [their nuclear program] is being exposed and that action
might be taken to endanger their progress.
Barak also warned, “The practicality of their actions is to buy more
time until it is immune to an attack and can take the additional step
of manufacturing a nuclear weapon.”
He explained that the “Iranians work systematically and patiently”
towards their nuclear objective.
The Defense Minster said the world’s objective must be “to stop Iran
from gaining nuclear capability, and no option should be taken off
He said that besides the Iranian threat, Israel faces other
challenges from terrorism in general and from the entire situation in
the Middle East.
Noting that he and Prime Minister Netanyahu do not “take decisions by
ourselves in some dark room," Barak declared, “The government of
Israel is responsible for taking decisions on the future of the
security f the country – and I carefully add for the Jewish people,
most of whom live in our tiny country.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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