Friday, September 18, 2009

Ehud Barak: Iran no existential threat to Israel

This isn't the first time Barak has made statements to this effect although in fairness he appears to have made contradictory statements on this subject too.

NYT:

"Right now, Iran does not have a bomb. Even if it did, this would not make it a threat to Israel's existence. Israel can lay waste to Iran," Barak said in a transcript of a newspaper interview obtained by Reuters before publication Friday.

…”I don’t think we are on the brink of a new Holocaust.”

…”Now is the time for a diplomatic effort and toughened-up sanctions.”

Does the statement signify some Israeli government acceptance (Barak is after all Defense Minister) of the fact that preventing Iran from getting the Bomb (assuming Iran wants it; this is far, far from clear) will be very difficult but that a nuclear Iran is not quite as dangerous as some self-servingly make out?

Let's face it: only a suicidal nation would try and take on a country that's armed to the teeth with an estimated 200 - 300 nuclear warheads and simultaneously possesses second strike capability (in the form of two Dolphin submarines, courtesy of Germany, and capable of launching ballistic missiles).

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