Former Mossad Director Danny Yatom on Chance of Strike on Iran's Nuclear Facilities
The recent visit of US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has revived debate here about whether Israel should or should not carry out a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. It's been widely reported by political sources here that the Americans are asking Israel to hold off on a strike, vowing to do the job later if diplomacy fails. But it's unclear if that US promise is good enough for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak who believe sanctions have not deterred Iran one iota from developing nuclear weapons. Based on a number of public statements by very prominent former intelligence officials, there's a feeling here that the two leaders are getting closer and closer to making a decision. Ephraim HaLevy, a former director of the Mossad, said, If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks... That remark was echoed soon after by another heavywieght, Aharon Zeevi Farkash, the former Israeli Army head of Military Intelligence. He said he believed an Israeli attack could come in the near future... in quote "weeks or a couple of months." Neither HaLevy nor Farkash expressed their support for a unilateral strike on Iran, but they are experienced enough to know that Israel's window of opportunity will span over the next 3 months...many analysts agree... To wait on a strike until after the US election is seen by some in Israel as a dangerous gamble...there are fears that President Obama will not come through on ...