Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Israeli "Intelligence Chief" shows lack of Intelligence

Snippets from Ha'aretz.

Do they pay these 'Intelligence Chiefs'? If so, for doing what? Reshuffling old bits of paper on their desks? The odd attempt at scaremongering, using old and generic 'data'?

MI chief: Iran has crossed nuclear bomb threshold

Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told lawmakers on Wednesday that Iran has "crossed the technological threshold" for making a nuclear bomb.

Yawn. Just how many times have they "crossed the technological threshold" by now?

He told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the Islamic Republic has developed surface-to-surface missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

Yep, you can stick nukes on missiles. That's the general idea.

Yadlin said achieving a military nuclear capacity "was mainly dependent on a political decision by Iran."
I'm lost for words...

According to Yadlin, the bottleneck in Iran's nuclear weapons program was in obtaining fissionable material.

Breakthrough: Israeli MI chief realises nuclear bombs require fissionable material!

He said the Islamic Republic's strategy is not merely to produce one bomb, which could force them into a conflict with the world, but to enrich a large amount of fissionable material at a low level of 4.5 percent. But Iran claims that it needs to do this for civilian purposes only, Yadlin said.

This is just garbled quatch. You need at least 80 - 90 % U-235 enrichment (so called Highly Enriched Uranium - HEU) for a bomb. 4.5 % U-235 (Lowly EU) is typical of civilian nuclear fuel and can only be converted into bomb cores by means of further enrichment to HEU.

The Iranians enrich between one and two kilos of low grade uranium, Yadlin said. However, once they decide to bring that to weapon's grade enrichment levels (93%) they could produce the amount needed for a bomb within several months to a year.

Crap. Reports show that Iran may possess up to a 1,000 kg of LEU (some of it Russian) and thus enough U-235 for one bomb. But not without the tedious process of centrifuge enrichment.

Yadlin is another Emperor with no clothes on.


At 9:40 PM, Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Israel lacks the refueling capacity to attack Iran.

The holiday greetings Obama sent Iran, was followed by Israel sending greetings. That signals Israel will follow the US policy.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Firstly, doesn't Israel have these long range Jericho missiles?

Secondly, apparently the WH (acc. Mondoweiss) was furious about Peres' little 'follow up'. Peres (is he losing his marbles?) called for the Iranian people to throw of the yoke of the regime. Very different from Obama's message...


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