WORLD NEWS TOMORROW: Israei’s military chief called its leaders “very rational” and said that he did not believe that Iraq will make a decision to build an atomic bomb. These comments clashed with Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment. Remarks from Lieutenant General Benny Gantz in an interview published on Wednesday in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper drew little attention on the annual Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers in Israel.
Fuel will be added to an internal debate on the risks of any Israeli military strike to try and prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power and the prospects of Iran weaponising its uranium enrichment programme.
Gants said “Iran is moving step-by-step towards a point where it will be able to decide if it wants to make a nuclear bomb.” It has not yet decided to go the extra mile. He also said that should Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah, Ali Khamenei, opt to produce nuclear weapons, he believed that Iran would not face reprisal.
Gant’s said “In my opinion, he will be making a huge mistake if he does that and I don’t think he will want to go the extra mile,” and “I think the Iranian leadership is comprised of very rational people. But I agree that such a capability in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, who at some moments may make different calculations, is a dangerous thing.” “Iran is unlikely to make bomb” says Israel Army Chief. Saying all options were on the table, Israel has not ruled out military action against Iran should economic sanctions fail to curb its nuclear programme. Israel is believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal.
“Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. and it is feverishly working to develop atomic weapons to achieve that goal” Netanyahu said last week in a speech during Israel’s Holocause remembrance day. Tehran said “ it is enriching uranium only for peaceful energy purposes and that its nuclear programme is a threat to no one” and denied seeking the bomb.
Netanyahu said he would not want to bet that the security of the world on Iran’s rational behaviour. Netanyahu also told news that a militant Islamic regime can put their ideology before their survival.
To portray Iran as willing to attach Israel with nuclear weapons event if it means the destruction of the Islamic Republic in retaliatory strikes could bolster a case for pre-emptive bombing otake out its atomic facilities, is irrational.
Gant’s description of the Iranian leaders as “rational” was “quite an interesting turnabout.” “Hopefully it is going to reduce the incentives for any sort of pre-emptive or preventive military action, at least for the time being”. said Shannon Kile, nuclear proliferation expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.Many allies of Washington and even some Senior US Officials fear that such an attack could ignite a broader war and only temporarily halt Iran’s nuclear advances. Military action was not ruled out as a last resort by the United States.