Threat of Iran strike working: Israel

2012-03-22 15:54

Jerusalem - The threat of a military strike on Iran is preventing the Islamic republic from taking the final steps towards developing a nuclear bomb, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday.

"We are seeing with our own eyes the reason why Iran, which really wants to achieve a military nuclear capability, is not taking some of the steps defined by the IAEA as breaking the rules, why it is not breaking out," he told public radio, referring to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency.

"One of the reasons is the fear of what will happen if, God forbid, the United States or maybe someone else acts against them," Barak said, referring to the threat of an air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Israel sees an Iranian nuclear weapon as a threat to its existence, and believes Tehran may be on the cusp of "break out" capacity - the moment when it could quickly produce weapons-grade uranium.

With Iran shifting its core nuclear facilities into protected underground sites, Israel fears Tehran is moving into the so-called "immunity zone", and has warned a military strike may be the only way to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability.

Although the Obama administration has made clear it would not hesitate "to use force" where necessary, it has also said it opposes an attack for now, and wants time to let a new round of sanctions take effect.

Last month, Iran agreed to revive talks with the the P5+1 group of world leaders, comprising the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, but the spectre of a military confrontation still looms large.

Israel and much of the West believe Iran's nuclear programme is geared towards obtaining a weapon, but Tehran denies the charges, saying the programme is for civil power generation and medical purposes only.

  • Ismail - 2012-03-22 16:30

    Or the Sanctions are working! Or they never intended to build a nuclear weapon!

      tatenda.mutsura - 2012-03-22 16:47

      dudu i hate America .who is America why it want to control the world it has nuclear weapons but it dont want orthers to have its that fare absolutely no

      Jaba - 2012-03-22 16:52

      Sanctions are working! so far so good. hope they give up their suicidal dream soon.

      Nibiru - 2012-03-22 19:38

      @ Patrick the only "Winds of Change" coming from you are very odorous

      Fred - 2012-03-23 06:32

      Ismael, you're blinded by immature tribal loyalties. All the while Muslim tyrants and terrorists are killing HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people, mainly Muslims. Why don't you do something about that, instead of blinding yourself?

      Ismail - 2012-03-23 09:21

      @Fred: First of all, I did not deny the fact that the threat of an attack might be slowing down the Iranians from building a nuke-bomb, All I did was suggest other possibilities to why they've slowed down. I'm sure you will not deny my listed possibilities having an effect, recall what happened to the Iraqi/Libyan chemical weapons program. Secondly, What knowledge are you basing your judgement that I have a tribal loyalty and blindedness towards Iran and Islamic republics. I'm guessing my name, Your are stereotyping a person based on the name, that's not very open minded of you. To set the record straight, I donot have any loyalty towards Iran, or any other middle eastern Arab/Islamic/Christian country/people. Why should I? Again, my name should not imply my thoughts align with the religion of Islam. But clearly you have a loyalty towards Israel,USA and Western Europe. What are you basing your judgement that I am blinded? I'm assuming you are only basing your judgement on the views of the American and Western European media? Arent you blinding yourself with their views? I believe Israel has the right to exist and depend its self. But I also believe if Iran is attacked they too have the right to defend themselves. If Israel has the right to have Nuclear *Energy*, why shouldnt Iran? If the US+Western Govt have decided that Iran does not have the right to have nuclear weapons, then what gives Israel the right to have them?

      Ismail - 2012-03-23 09:24

      I don't have any loyalties towards any Islamic/Arab republic, why should I, I am not Arab ... dont judge me by my name. Dont call me "blinded" when you clearly are based on your understanding from an american media's point of view. And I know all the Pro-Israeli, Pro-American commentors will have their knives and forks out for my last comment ... You can all just shove them ...

  • abdullah.matemba - 2012-03-22 17:11

    May be the sanctions, because i think Iran doesnt feel threatened by israel.i think if israel can attack Iran,iran will destroy Telaviv and demolish the jewish state immediately or later!

      Dries - 2012-03-22 17:21

      What a stupid comment.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 06:39

      Like in 1967? And why would you want the rogue Iranina regime to succeed? It adjusts elections to deny Iranians their true voice? Why don't you speak up about the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of mainly Muslims being killed by the Jihadists in your midst that the freer world is confronting? Why are you so silent, when Islam has such a bad image, is given such a bad image by your silence and the absolutely horrific acts of murder carried out by these people in your community?

      Rob - 2012-03-23 09:39

      Patrick. If a government serves the people, then the people have a right to fairly elect a government through the process of voting.

  • Tony - 2012-03-22 19:19

    Iran (presstv) saying something else... Not threatened and sanctions not working..

  • Kalsoom - 2012-03-22 20:43

    Why Iran has not right to do what "Others did"???? Why isael & USA build Nuclear bomb???? Is their bombs gave "peace" to Japanese and Afghans????? or Israeli weapons spreading "PEACE" to Palestinians???? I can not understand that how foreigners claim that "The land of Palestine" is their country?????

      Fred - 2012-03-23 06:40

      Do you want to be stoned to death Kalsoom? Wake up. You're being childish and stupid.

      Jaba - 2012-03-23 09:48

      Cause they not foreigners... It is their land... has been for 3000 years before the birth of Islam. Either way Arabs / Muslims have 50 states that take up a landmass 1/4 of the earth.. Why can’t the Jews have a place to call home? And it’s only the size of our Kruger National Park. You are a racist Kalsoom

  • Kalsoom - 2012-03-22 20:49

    If i build bomb and i told my enemy that not to do what i did..... IS IT JUSTICE????? or it is the rule of jungle??????? I think that is the real face of powerful nations................. what do u think???

      Fred - 2012-03-23 06:44

      I think you're being childish and stupid, no offense. Do you know that women are stoned to death in Iran? Do you know that the Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power, threatens Israel routinely, denies the biggest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind, abuses the Palestinians by inciting them to attack Israel daily to present an external enemy to their populations to distract their populations from their disefranchised state? Do you understand any of this? I hope so.

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