Israel ups anti-Iran rants as Bibi era nears
Source: Press TV
Israel claims Iran can build a nuclear weapon
within a year as the hawkish Likud leader moves closer to assembling his
Iran will have the capacity to build a nuclear bomb within a year but is not
rushing into production, the head of Israel's military intelligence, the
director of Military Intelligence Major-General Amos Yadlin claimed on
"The Iranian strategy is not to get a nuclear bomb as soon as they can so as not
to give the world a reason to act against them," Yadlin was quoted by Knesset
members as telling the parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, AFP
Iran says its nuclear program is directed at the civilian applications of the
Israel, however, accuses Iran of having military objectives in its pursuit of
nuclear technology and claims that Tehran poses an "existential threat" to Tel
The remarks come shortly after Likud leader and Israeli Prime Minister-designate
Benjamin Netanyahu drew the Labor party into a coalition deal.
Netanyahu is known as "Mr. Iran" in Israeli circles as he has long pledged to do
"everything that is necessary" to stop the progress of Tehran's nuclear program
once and for all.
anticipates his right-wing dominated government to be involved in a "major
military confrontation in the next few months".
Israeli military commanders and officials in Tel Aviv have long threatened to
militarily take out Iran's nuclear sites, which are being fully monitored by the
UN nuclear watchdog.
Maj. Gen. Yadlin, meanwhile, claimed Iranian scientists are operating some 4,000
centrifuges at the facilities and are enriching uranium "in a rate meant to make
it very hard to incriminate them."
Uranium, the fuel for a nuclear power plant, can serve in military purposes if
enriched to high levels of above 90 percent.
According to the latest
International Atomic Energy Agency figures, Iran has produced nearly 1,010
kilograms of low enriched uranium (LEU) -- a level "less than 5 percent."
Tehran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and,
according to the UN nuclear watchdog, has not opted to violate the treaty.
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