August 16, 2005
Israel spy chief: Iran to be nuclear capable in three years:Topics: Iran
Back in January, Vice President Cheney suggested that Iranian nuclear advances were so pressing that Israel may be forced to attack facilities, as it had done 23 years earlier in Iraq. In an April 2004 speech, John R. Bolton, then the administration's point man on weapons of mass destruction and now Bush's temporarily appointed U.N. ambassador said: "If we permit Iran's deception to go on much longer, it will be too late. Iran will have nuclear weapons." However, the anti-reality, anti-administration journalist staff of the WAPO came along on August 2 of this year with, "U.S. Intelligence Review Contrasts With Administration Statements," in an article titled, "Iran Is Judged 10 Years From Nuclear Bomb," writing that the "level of certainty, influenced by diplomacy and intelligence, appears to have shifted.""" It appears that once again, the MSM has missed the boat by a mile.
Israel expects Iran to be capable of producing a nuclear weapon within three years, military intelligence chief General Aharon Zeevi told MPs at a closed-door briefing, parliamentary sources said.
"Barring an unexpected delay, Iran is going to become nuclear capable in 2008 and not in 10 years as was recently reported in the American press, Zeevi told members of the foreign affairs and defence committee.
He was referring to a recent report in the Washington Post citing a US Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Iran would not be capable of producing a nuclear weapon for a decade.To paraphrase the Washington Post, "Reality contrasts with Washington Post Reporting." When it comes to trusting the Iranians, the Washington Post, U.S. Intelligence, or the Israilis who live in the same "neighborhood" as the Iranians - I'll go with the opinion of the Israilis every time!
Zeevi said he feared the report might be a deliberate leak intended to provide cover for inaction on Iran while the administration remained preoccupied by Iraq.
"If there is no response from the international community, the Iranians are going to overcome the technical difficulties in producing enriched uranium and will be able to produce the bomb," he warned.
Israel has been pressing its US ally to take a tough line with Iran, after it rejected a European package of incentives to abandon sensitive nuclear fuel cycle work, including both enrichment and its precursor uranium ore conversion.
"Iran made this decision because they are getting the impression that the United States and the Europeans are spineless," a senior official from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office told AFP earlier this month when Iran resumed uranium ore conversion, ending a nine-month suspension agreed with the EU.
In an interview with Israeli television broadcast on Friday, President George W. Bush pointedly refused to rule out the use of force against Iran after the setback to a negotiated solution.
"All options are on the table," he said.
Israel itself is believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East. Although it has never admitted to having nuclear weapons, it is believed to possess an arsenal of about 200 warheads.
In 1981, Israeli warplanes bombed Iraq's French-built Osirak nuclear reactor.
Posted by Richard at August 16, 2005 5:33 PM
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