Dagan: Strike on Iran could hasten bomb (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 05.30.12, 17:55)
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Former chief of Israeli secret service says an attack on Islamic
Republic would garner Iranian public´s support for regime, give
Tehran legitimacy to accelerate development of military atom
Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan said Wednesday that a strike on Iran
could hasten the Islamic Republic´s development of an atom bomb.
"A strike could accelerate the procurement of the bomb," claimed
Dagan, who spoke at a conference held at the National Security
Studies Institute in Tel Aviv. "An attack isn´t enough to stop the
Dagan posited that military action would align the Iranian population
behind the regime, thus solving the country´s political and financial
Moreover, he asserted that in the case of an Israeli strike, Iran
could declare before the world that it was attacked even while
adhering to agreements made with the International Atomic Energy
Agency – by a country that reportedly possess "strategic
"We would provide them with the legitimacy to achieve nuclear
capabilities for military purposes," he said.
´Sanctions more effective´
The former chief of the secret service postulated that economic
sanctions are more effective than military action.
"The military option must be given serious consideration. The fact
that it is being waved around as means of deterrence does not deter
the Iranians, but could provide the answer to their nuclear
aspirations," he said. "The ability to stop the Iranian nuclear
program in a military strike, at this point, is very limited."
Officials speaking at the conference hinted that the option of an
attack on the Islamic Republic´s nuclear facilities is not only on
the table, but is more viable than ever.
Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin said that the a
nuclear Iran is more dangerous than the consequences of a strike, but
suggested that Israel won´t be the one to lead military efforts
against the country.
US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said that Tehran must take
concrete steps to dissipate the international community´s concern
over its atom program. He added that the window of opportunity for
talks is closing, and that the US will bolster pressure on Iran until
it achieves its goal of barring it from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Gabi Ashkenazi, the IDF´s former chief of staff, said that there is
still time for diplomacy and economic sanctions, but added that the
use of military force in Iran should remain a possibility.
Action in moment of truth
Uzi Arad, a former national security adviser to Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, said during the conference that while the US is
capable of attacking the Islamic Republic, "the challenge isn´t to
strike Iran but to prevent it from becoming nuclear in the long run."
He called on the US to project determination to use "other means" if
its objectives are not reached through talks, noting that the
American government is aware that the consequences of "inaction in
the moment of truth" would destabilize the Middle East and compromise
American interests in Asia.
Earlier in the conference, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that
Israel´s government "will make decisions on issues vital to the
Jewish people´s future and security by itself."
He remarked that the US and Israel differ in attitudes towards the
Iranian issue and "the ticking of the clocks." Nevertheless, he
stressed that the US is aware that Israel will decide independently
whether to mount a military operation against Iran´s nuclear
facilities. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/30/12)
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