The former head of Israel's military intelligence said last week that Iran has already crossed the "red line" Israel previously set as the point beyond which it would be nearly impossible to stop the Islamic Republic from attaining nuclear weapons.
In remarks carried by Israel National News, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who today heads the Institute for National Security Studies, explained that by this summer, Iran will "reach a distance of one or two months between a decision and a bomb."
What that means is that as soon as the Iranian leadership decides to build an atomic bomb, it will be able to do so in a mere month or two. Far too short a time for Israel or the international community to act.
"This is a breakthrough range that will make it very difficult to stop Iran, when it decides to have a bomb," said the general.
Israel previously warned the international community against allowing Iran to stall for time so long that it becomes impossible to prevent a nuclear arms test.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was in Jerusalem last week to discuss the Iran threat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Despite their previous positions to the contrary, both Hagel and his boss, US President Barack Obama, have more recently been signaling that Washington supports Israel's right to launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, should it deem such an option necessary.