IDF chief: Israel must prepare to attack Iran

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli army chief Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told his American hosts on Monday that while diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program should move forward, Israel has no choice but to prepare for military intervention, just in case.

In meetings with special US envoy to the Persian Gulf Dennis Ross and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ashkenazi said that Israel wants a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to the crisis, but cannot under any circumstances tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran.

Other Israeli experts have taken a more blunt approach, noting that if diplomatic efforts have achieved so little over the past five years, there is little hope of success in the few months that are left before Iran fields a nuclear weapon.

Recent revelations by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a top American think tank that Iran is less than a year away from building an arsenal of some 50 nuclear warheads have most Israelis feeling that the "point of no return" has long since passed.

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