Jerusalem – Israel Says Iran’s Nuke Program Soon Strike-Proof


    Jerusalem – Israel views the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran with greater urgency than the rest of the world, Israel’s defense minister said Monday.

    Ehud Barak also reiterated recent Israeli assessments that Iran’s nuclear program is on the verge of becoming immune to disruptions by a possible military strike.

    The remarks are likely to fuel already rampant speculation that Israel is preparing for a strike before Iran moves most of its nuclear facilities underground and beyond the reach of a precision attack.

    In testimony to parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Barak also said that harsher international sanctions against Iran would be needed to try to pressure Tehran to abandon the suspect elements of its nuclear program.

    Barak also invoked a theme that has become a recent mantra with Israeli leaders — that the Jewish state will not leave its fate to others to decide.

    “The world, including the current U.S. administration, understands and accepts that Israel necessarily views the threat differently than they do, and that ultimately, Israel is responsible for taking the decisions related to its future, its security and its destiny,” he said.

    Barak’s office released his statements to the committee in a media release.

    Iran’s nuclear program, Barak said, “is steadily approaching maturation and is verging on a ‘zone of immunity’ — a position from which the Iranian regime could complete its program without effective disruption, at its convenience.”

    Barak sent jitters through the world two months ago, when he first coined the “zone of immunity” phrase — a reference to Iran’s movement of sensitive nuclear operations deep underground in heavily fortified bunkers, in an effort to compromise any military strike.

    Earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel hasn’t yet decided whether to attack, but senior officials who advocate a pre-emptive strike say Israel, with relatively limited firepower, would have to strike by summer to be effective.

    Israel, just hundreds of miles from Iran, sees a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic as the biggest threat to its survival. This has been underscored by the controversies surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated references to a destruction of the Jewish state, Iran’s arsenal of ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel and its anti-Israel allies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

    Israel, like the West, believes the key elements of the Iranian program — primarily uranium enrichment — suggest ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons. Iran claims its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, such as energy production.

    But while the U.S. and Israel agree that a nuclear Iran must not be tolerated, they differ on how urgently military action might be needed. Israel doesn’t want Tehran to reach the point where it is technologically capable of building a bomb — a point it estimates is just months away. But the U.S., with its superior firepower, thinks the tripwire could be months further down the line.

    The U.S. has been urging patience, saying harsh international sanctions and additional diplomacy should be given time to work. Israel is skeptical they will be effective, especially because Russia and China have been blocking stronger action.

    Also Monday, Israel’s President Shimon Peres, sent Iranians his traditional greeting for the Persian new year, wishing for “peace and coexistence” despite tensions over their country’s nuclear program.

    Speaking first in Farsi and then in Hebrew, Peres also urged Iranian leaders not to threaten anyone or make their “children flee home” — an apparent reference to the possibility of war. The greeting for Nowruz was broadcast over Israel Radio’s Farsi service, which is popular in Iran.

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    11 years ago

    Iran is right that Israel is a like a DOG who barks but can’t bite.

    If Israel has the guts to do anything it need not bark but just act instead.

    Obviously Netanyahu is spineless and not capable of acting (because of a secular-Jew’s usual inferiority complex), that he is not sure if he has a right to exists unless Obama (i.e. Hamas) approves “his right to exist” and he is not fully confident yet, in defending himself, unless he “barks” all day and everyone else gives him the “go ahead” approval that Israel has a right to exists and defend it’s self.

    But Netanyahu is not yet sure of himself, not until he keeps barking instead of biting (as Iran said) and then “listens for his echo”, if the Goyim approve or not.

    11 years ago

    To # 2 or # 3

    You must know more than Netanyahu.

    Even Netanyahu himslef, never mentioned that ANY of these issues are stopping him, because there is nothing to stop him.

    If Netanyahu felt that he can’t do anything because Obama is not delivering the needed equipment, he could have easily Blasted Obama for that and all Yidden in the USA would demonstrate in the streets against Obama to get them delivered.

    Netanyahu never mentioned these problems because it does not stop him.

    The only thing stopping Netanyahu is his “Vehayinu BiEinenu Kechagavim” – Inferiority complex, Afarid of Kol Ala Nidof, if a Goy will smile or frown to him. He is making the anouncement to “test the waters” to see how many smiles and how many frowns he will get.

    11 years ago

    The NY Times reported today that the Pentagon is very concerned that it might be pulled in to, and be forced to strike Iran because, if Israel strikes Iran, then Iran will then, very likely strike the US ships in the region and then Obama will have no choice but to strike back, regardless if Obama wants to or not (which will raise oil prices and therefore make Obama loose the election).

    This proves that #1 is right and that #3 and #4 is wrong.

    Because the Pentagon knows very well, if Israel is 100% capable of doing the job or not.

    If #2 and #3 were right that Israel lacks the capability to do the job right now, then the Pentagon would have no reason to be concerned of an imminent attack which it knows can’t be happening.

    The Pentagon is concerned because they know full well that Israel is 100% fully capable of doing the job, this second.

    11 years ago

    sitting in boro park or flat bush it is easy to be ra ra for attacking Iran and on this website I have not seen any Israeli comments