Have a look at the related articles from the Jerusalem Post:
“Column One: Israel must bomb Iran’s nuclear installations”
Israel has according to Jimmy Carter around 150 nuclear weapons. Even if Iran wants to develop a nuclear weapon, is this reason enough for an attack? If so, then maybe someone should have been attacking Israel for developing 150 of them. And not just Israel is beating the war drums: Ron Paul: I hear members of Congress saying “if we could only nuke Iran”.
So Israel and/or the US might nuke Iran to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon? How can you even come up with such madness? Are there so many potential Hitlers walking the face of the earth these days?
The US have told Israel recently several times not to attack Iran, but that could be just a ruse. And who sold Israel just recently 1000 smart bombs? ‘U.S. to sell Israel Air Force smart bombs for heavily fortified targets’
Politicians and military ‘experts’ may call this a ‘surgical strike’, but any attack on Iran will cause WW III. Basta!
Military intelligence: Iran halfway to first nuclear bomb
Iran is halfway to a nuclear bomb, and Hizbullah, Hamas and Syria are using this period of relative calm to significantly rearm, Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, the Military Intelligence’s head of research, told the cabinet Sunday during a particularly gloomy briefing on the threats facing the country.
Baidatz said there was a growing gap between Iran’s progress on the nuclear front and the West’s determination to stop it. “Iran is concentrating on uranium enrichment, and is making progress,” he said, noting that they have improved the function of their 4,000 centrifuges.
According to Baidatz, the Iranian centrifuges have so far produced between one-third to one-half of the enriched material needed to build a bomb.
“The time when they will have crossed the nuclear point-of-no-return is fast approaching,” he said, though he stopped short of giving a firm deadline. Last week in the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, however, he put the date at 2011.
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Baidatz said that neither the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency nor the US and European attempts to get a fourth round of sanctions through the UN Security council were slowing down the Iranian
“The Iranians are pleased that the gap is widening,” Baidatz said. “Their confidence is growing with the thought that
the international community is not strong enough to stop them,” he added.
Baidatz said the Iranians were playing for time
, and that time was working in their favor since the longer the process dragged on, the wider the rifts appearing among the countries in the West become. “Iran is in control of the technology and is moving with determination toward a nuclear bomb,” he said.
In addition to their
nuclear efforts, the Iranians were also deepening their influence in the region through cooperation with Syria and the Palestinian terrorist organizations, as well as being the main arms supplier to Hizbullah and a source of constant attacks on American troops in Iraq. All of this, he said, was part of Iran’s efforts to stand at the head of the region’s extremist front.
The region’s moderates, he said, were limiting their opposition to “just rhetoric.”
Baidatz also briefed the ministers on the situation in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority since the beginning of the “calm” in Gaza on June 19, some three months ago.
Baidatz said that while the cease-fire has – for the most part – held, the intelligence agencies were seeing some weakening of Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s commitment to it. He said that the cease-fire had led to a significant drop in rocket fire on the western Negev, and that since the cease-fire went into effect, some 15 rockets and 13 mortars had been fired from Gaza into the Western Negev.
Nevertheless, he said that the terrorist organizations were still planning attacks from Gaza, and were recruiting terrorists to go from Gaza into the Sinai, and then back into Israel to carry out attacks or kidnap soldiers.
Regarding kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, Baidatz said that Hizbullah had stiffened its demands, believing that Schalit was an “asset,” and that the price for his release would only increase. “They are not rushing for a solution, and are preventing a renewal of talks on the matter with Egypt.” he said.
Hamas and the other terrorist organizations have taken advantage of the cease-fire to rearm and prepare for the next round of fighting, increasing training and continuing to smuggle in raw materials that allow it to increase its rocket arsenal. As a result of of the cease-fire, he said, the threat to the home front and the IDF had increased.
Baidatz said the smuggling from Egypt was continuing, although the Egyptians – with the help of US technology – were also showing better results in detecting the smuggling tunnels. At the same time, the Egyptians were still not dealing with the root of the problem, which was the need to go after Beduin smugglers in Sinai, he said.
Baidatz added that as time went on, Hamas was consolidating its political hold on Gaza, and that he didn’t think the Egyptians had much chance of success in mediating an agreement between Hamas and Fatah.
Regarding Israel’s negotiations with the PA, Baidatz said the Palestinian Authority was not willing to compromise on core issues, and was opposed to a partial agreement. He said the PA was holding firm to the position that nothing was agreed until everything was agreed, and were continuing to demand an end to all construction in the West Bank.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has recently tried to get the PA to agree to moving negotiations over Jerusalem to another framework, so it did not hold up attempts to come up with some kind of shelf agreement by the end of the year.