Israeli Defense Minister Keeps All Options Open on Iran

(New York Times) Jodi Rudoren - Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak said Monday that the international talks on the Iranian nuclear program do "not fill me with confidence." While a military strike would be "complicated by certain risks," he said that a "radical Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear weapons would be far more dangerous both for the region and, indeed, the whole world." "Israel cannot afford to be duped," he added. "The No. 1 responsibility is to ensure that our fate will remain firmly in our own hands." Barak said that sanctions had "forced the Iranians to take note, sit down and talk," but that "actions speak louder than words." "It is well understood in Washington, D.C., as well as in Jerusalem that as long as there is a future existential threat to our people, that all options to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons should stay on the table, and they will."

2012-05-01 00:00:00

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