Outgoing Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman clarified at the weekend that Israel is not necessarily worried about a direct Iranian nuclear strike on the Jewish state, but rather that Tehran will supply more unstable regional elements with atomic weapons.
"The real fear is not that the Iranians will be crazy enough or stupid enough to launch a missile at Israel, but that they will have no compunction about providing rogue regimes and terror organizations like Hamas and Hizballah with weapons of mass destruction," Gillerman said in an interview with The New York Times.
In a parallel interview with Newsweek, Gillerman said Israel "should do everything in its power, literally everything, to prevent that mad regime in Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons."
Israeli army chief Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi flew to Washington on Saturday night for yet another round of talks with top US military leaders over how best to deal with Iran. It was widely reported earlier this month that the Bush Administration had given Israel the go-ahead to complete preparations for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.