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Israel's top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb
al-Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:12pm EDT | Jeffrey Heller and Maayan Lubell

Posted on 04/25/2012 11:07:03 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Israel's military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to build an atomic bomb and called its leaders "very rational"—comments that clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assessment.

Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz's remarks, in an interview published on Wednesday in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, drew little attention in Israel on its annual remembrance day for fallen soldiers, when political discourse is suspended.

But they will add fuel to an internal debate on the prospects of Iran weaponizing its uranium enrichment program and the wisdom and risks of any Israeli military strike to try to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power.

"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 decided yet whether to go the extra mile," Gantz said.

But, he said, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could opt to produce nuclear weapons should be believe that Iran would not face reprisal.

"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," Gantz said.

"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." …

Tehran denies seeking the bomb, saying it is enriching uranium only for peaceful energy purposes and that its nuclear program is a threat to no one.

Speaking on CNN on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would not want to bet "the security of the world on Iran's rational behavior." A "militant Islamic regime", he said, "can put their ideology before their survival." …

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; Miscellaneous; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bennygantz; dhimmitude; iran; islam; israel; jihad; netanyahu; nucleariran
Gotta say al-Reuters really salivated over these comments. Gantz needs to be fired.
1 posted on 04/25/2012 11:07:08 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

The railroads will take you to a happy place where there will be jobs for everyone? Really they will.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 11:12:13 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period, and by election day you won't like him either.)
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To: Olog-hai

Don’t kid yourselves. Iran already has a bomb. Maybe they didn’t make it themselves, but they’ve got one. And if we’re fool enough to send our army over there, they will use it.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 11:13:32 PM PDT by Rytwyng (I'm still fond of the United States. I just can't find it. -- Fred Reed)
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To: Rytwyng

They’ll use it no matter if we “send our army over there” or not. Fortune favors the bold.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 11:18:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Iran Threat Stream
5 posted on 04/25/2012 11:29:49 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (BO Threat Stream: http://blogsofwar.com/threatstream/index_barack_obama.html)
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To: Olog-hai

This is very Chinese of the Israelis.


6 posted on 04/26/2012 12:00:43 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten

Exactly. Good call, IMO.


7 posted on 04/26/2012 12:10:07 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Olog-hai

Soooooo, Gantz is a complete idiot. He could host ‘The View’.


8 posted on 04/26/2012 12:20:41 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: VanShuyten

Let’s hope it is nothing but propaganda. Mother Russia is watching any military prep work and relaying it to Teheran. You can bank on it.


9 posted on 04/26/2012 12:28:17 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Olog-hai

Dis-information. I don’t believe for a second that the top Israeli leadership is that dis-connected.


10 posted on 04/26/2012 12:51:42 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath Is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet
Disinformation for what purpose? How is talking up the left-wing view of Iran “disinformation” anyhow? Looks to me like disinformation on Iran’s behalf; it can’t work in the favor of either Israel or the USA. If the USA’s top leadership is that disconnected (remember the NIE that claimed a high likelihood that Iran stopped nuke work in 2003?), I don’t see how the Israeli leadership is not either (after all, they continue to engage in “land for peace war” deals).
11 posted on 04/26/2012 1:05:54 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Israel’s own Neville Chamberlain, the British PM who cozied up to Hitler. The U.S. had one of those, Brent Scowcroft, a RINO Trilateralist friend of the Bushes who assembled Obama’s “national security team” and who was an early advocate of the current President’s policy of the U.S. “talking with” its enemies. Scowcroft would have made Neville proud.


12 posted on 04/26/2012 1:26:32 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: F15Eagle
"Let’s hope it is nothing but propaganda. Mother Russia is watching any military prep work and relaying it to Teheran. You can bank on it."

You are probably much more informed and/or astute when it comes to Russia/Iran relationships. I've haven't follow them that closely but have a difficult time thinking that Russian leadership (whoever that is now) actually wants Iran to have the bomb. Russia doesn't think highly of Islamists after the Chechnya Beslan school massacre.

I don't see an upside for Russia even though they trade with Iran. I don't see an upside for any nation to want Iran or the Norks to have atomic weapons. I also don't think that China wants anymore competition as a wannabe world power, either. They are working too hard to be the regional power and that takes a lot of focus and resources.

Doubt that North Korea is still a China protectorate. If they were, China would have put a halt to the Nork missle/nuclear program some years back. Why? Because China is enjoying growth (GDP) we can only dream about. Why would they allow NK to kill their golden goose who buys their products? Why would they want to kill off the country that owes them so much in Bonds?

China may have long term goals to be THE world power, but they won't needlessly attack us. Plus, their citizens are getting more prosperous by the day. Big plus for the leadership.

Again, as for Russia, yes many what the Soviet Union back and all the power that projected. However, their economy is a wreck and they are not enamored with Muslims. They get it.

13 posted on 04/26/2012 1:35:08 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath Is Forever)
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To: Olog-hai

By the way, and slightly off topic, ever since the story broke about Hilary Clinton boozing it up in Cartagena, she and the State Department have been conspicuously absent from news coverage regarding Israel or any other ally. Someone’s issued a gag order.


14 posted on 04/26/2012 1:38:16 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: Olog-hai

The Iranians can’t find the right kind of wood.


15 posted on 04/26/2012 1:53:57 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: A Navy Vet

Russia wants rogue states to upset USA-Israel Middle East presence. Somehow, prophetically, Iran will survive to be part of the Ezek 38 alliance. Russia has been part of anti-Israel forces for over 50 years. Usually supplying weapons in various ways. Even England had spies on Israel (in Israel) after 1948. Russia makes money when oil jumps. This will not end how Russia desires. But with NK and earlier Pak help, Iran will get the bomb if nothing stops it. It may already be too late. When Iran starts arming missiles, it will be on like Donkey Kong.


16 posted on 04/26/2012 2:05:15 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Olog-hai
Israel's top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb

Knowing the Israelis, that could be double entendre'.

17 posted on 04/26/2012 3:19:51 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: A Navy Vet

Netanyahu, Gantz: good cop - bad cop?

Or is it kabuki?


18 posted on 04/26/2012 4:26:02 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.
and called its leaders "very rational"

19 posted on 04/26/2012 4:27:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Olog-hai
Israel's military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to build an atomic bomb and called its leaders "very rational"—comments that clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assessment.

Just like the liberals in this country fiddling with the NIE (National Intelligence Estimate). Losing the argument? Hey, just get yourself a whole new set of 'facts' from an 'accredited' source.

20 posted on 04/26/2012 4:32:09 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Rytwyng

Iran probably has a bomb that hasn’t been assembled yet, together with the atomic material that just hasn’t been enriched to sufficient levels.

The ‘go slow’ approach is being dictated by the delivery system. I think that Iran realizes that if their missiles can only hit Israel they lose. I think that they want to be able to target Europe and possibly the United States. Kick the international supports out from under the state of Israel.

If they had an A-bomb that they couldn’t deliver then they’d just make themselves a target in the way Saddam Hussein did.


21 posted on 04/26/2012 4:39:35 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Olog-hai

Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz is smoking an Israeli version of crack..... =.=


22 posted on 04/26/2012 5:21:47 AM PDT by cranked
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