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Jerusalem - Israel Says Iran's Nuke Program Soon Strike-Proof

Published on: March 19, 2012 12:19 PM
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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.

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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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 Mar 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM Keep "talking" and keep "doing nothing" Says:

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.

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 Mar 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM ikleinit Says:

Reply to #1  
Keep "talking" and keep "doing nothing" Says:

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.

You must be unfamiliar with the incredible amount of rhetoric that preceded the Six Day War , in May of 1967

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 Mar 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Keep "talking" and keep "doing nothing" Says:

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.

I assume you are a trained pilot and ready to board an F 16 or volunteer for some IDF service otherwise you just ruminate hogwash. You must have military training and I am sure know the route you would fly to evade radar and have the answer for the refueling. Do you ??

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 Mar 19, 2012 at 03:19 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Keep "talking" and keep "doing nothing" Says:

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.

The tanker planes must be delivered by the USAF and so must be the bunker busting ordenance ,unless you will fund them

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 Mar 19, 2012 at 08:31 PM No Problem Says:

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.

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 Mar 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM NY Times Reports Today... Says:

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.

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 Mar 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #6  
NY Times Reports Today... Says:

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.

An attack on US ships should be met with an immediate and severe punishing strike on Iran. I think even if oil prices rise it is the nature of Americans to rally around the President in times of crisis thus giving Obama a better chance to be re-elected. The only thing that could kill his chances for re-election would be his failure to act decisively should our forces come under attack.

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 Mar 20, 2012 at 07:30 AM anpnymous Says:

Reply to #5  
No Problem Says:

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.

The F 15 and F 16 does no have the fuel range to fly and return or maybe the land in Iran. Your posting is empty rhetoric and you need ordenance not kneidlach. Elect Rabbi Krauss who is your kind

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 Mar 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM anonymous Says:

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

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 Mar 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
NY Times Reports Today... Says:

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.

Your long epistle is full of holes and lack of knowledge. If Israel strikes the U.S. naval forces in the Persian Gulf will be attacked which will require a response.The ordenance to be used is of American origin and if the submarines are engaged they Dolphin class are German made . Israel does not have the ordenance. It has the personnel with technical knowledge how to design a mission and to notch pilots

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 Mar 21, 2012 at 05:17 AM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #9  
anonymous Says:

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

"I have not seen any Israeli comments”

That is very easily explained.

The gung-ho, nuke 'em and shoot 'em, rantings of the Lazy-Boy recliner-borne generals of Flatbush, BP, Willi and the Five Towns are absolutely valueless and not even worthy of comment.

We Israelis know that it is us alone who will have to fight this war with the blood of our precious sons, and that no holier than thou American charedi Jews will rush to our aid.

When I say "aid" I mean packing a valise and coming to Israel to offer physical assistance by volunteering to work in the local economy and keep the country going while the inevitable war will be in progress.

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