That was Yuval Steinitz, … Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs; it was what he said while speaking to reporters at the Washington Post.
That wasn’t new; they see it, of course, as having to do with Israel’s survival … which is why they’ve said this so often, …
But now, … just to ensure you understand, …. Iran was just issued what could be its final warning – that Iran’s Nuclear Program Could be Destroyed in ‘Hours’.,
Actually, … this “warning” should be considered to be to the entire world, rather than just to Iran, … for the ramifications of Israel’s having to resort to another “preemptive strike“, will likely impact the entire population of global oil-consuming nations, . . . even more so than 3rd world nations; this could plunge the entire world into war and/or end with global financial collapse.
Israel knows not to wait for, nor to count on the U.S. ….. not with Obama at the helm . . . . and there is little time left!
Israel wants there to be no doubt that it’s not only possible, but this strike of “brute force” would only take a matter of hours, no more … and that if Iran does not shut it down voluntarily, and open itself up to verification, a strike is inevitable!
Yuval seemed not overly concerned with the possibility that Iran could fire missiles on Israel in response to an international attack on its facilities. “Such an attack would cause very limited damage,” he said, explaining that Israel would be able to intercept most of the missiles (which would obviously come mostly from Iran’s proxy fighters, terrorists Hamas & Hezbullah.
The new perspective in all this, is that Iran is obviously aware that Israel is capable; obvious because Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, has expressed willingness to negotiate with the international community over his country’s nuclear program.
However, Israeli leaders have warned the world against being convinced by Rouhani’s public statements. “Of course he wants more talks. He wants to talk and talk and talk. And while everybody is busy talking to him, he’ll be busy enriching uranium,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned this week in a meeting with U.S. lawmakers.
“This isn’t a secret. The new Iranian president boasts that is his strategy,” he added.
Steinitz agreed. “Rouhani is charming, he is cunning, and he will smile all the way to the bomb,” he told the Post.
Netanyahu has called on the international community to respond by maintaining the pressure on Iran. The world cannot say …. “we didn’t expect this…..”
“Iran’s president said that pressure will not help to dissuade him from developing nuclear weapons. But we see that over the past two decades, the only thing that has helped has been pressure,” he said.