Israel: Iran close to going nuclear, must be fought

Sunday, September 21, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's military intelligence warns that Iran is closer than many want to believe to obtaining nuclear weapons, and a former army chief says that ultimately Israel will have to fight the Islamic Republic.

In his briefing to the Israeli cabinet on Sunday, Military Intelligence Research Division chief Gen. Yossi Baidatz said that Iran is progressing rapidly toward the technological know-how required to build a nuclear bomb.

Said Baidatz in remarks carried by Ynet: "Iran is focusing its efforts in enriching uranium and improving the operational capabilities of its centrifuges. It is mastering the necessary technology and now has one-third of what it need to create a bomb."

Baidatz believes Iran is accelerating its nuclear program amid assessments that the UN Security Council will fail to pass and enforce a fourth round of limited sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In an interview with Reuters, former Israeli army chief Moshe Yaalon likened the situation to the international community's weak response to Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime in 1939.

"Today, we in the West are facing the same situation, the lack of decisiveness towards a threat that is no less severe than that which Hitler posed in 1939," said Yaalon, warning that ultimately Israel will have no choice but to militarily confront Iran.

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