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Sep 16, 2012

Netanyahu: Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in 6-7 months

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just
six to seven months away from being able to build a nuclear
bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama
set a clear “red line” for Tehran in what could deepen the worst
U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

Taking to the television airwaves to make his case directly
to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013, Iran
would be 90 percent of the way toward enough enriched uranium
for a bomb. He urged the United States to spell out limits that
Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action -
something Obama has refused to do.

Sep 16, 2012

Israel says U.S. must be firm on stopping Iran nuclear threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official said on Sunday the United States should not wait for Iran to decide on building a nuclear weapon before it considers military action against the Islamic Republic

“When is the point at which it should be stopped? Just when the bomb is assembled on the tip of the missile and is ready for launch?” Dan Meridor, deputy Israeli prime minister with responsibility for nuclear and intelligence affairs, said in a radio interview.

Sep 13, 2012

Netanyahu deputy disagrees on setting Iran “red line”

JERUSALEM, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s deputy
for intelligence and atomic affairs on Thursday broke with the
Israeli prime minister’s call for Iran to be confronted with a
“red line” beyond which its disputed nuclear programme would
face military attack.

In a broadcast interview, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor
appeared to side with the United States in balking at
Netanyahu’s repeated demand that it set Iran an ultimatum or
risk seeing Israel launch region-rattling unilateral strikes.

Sep 11, 2012

“Secret” Syria strike helps Israel signal resolve on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli cabinet minister on Tuesday invoked his country’s ostensibly secret 2007 air raid on an alleged Syrian nuclear reactor to suggest Israel could successfully strike Iran without U.S. support.

Israel has never formally acknowledged the bombing of the desert site at Deir al-Zor nor said what was destroyed – a precaution against drawing Syria into a retaliatory war, according to then-U.S. President George W. Bush, who in his memoir described the target as a nascent, North Korean-supplied reactor.

Sep 9, 2012

Can Israel surprise Iran? Maybe not, but could still strike

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cancellation of a security cabinet session on Iran following a media leak last week laid bare a conundrum long troubling Israeli strategists: could they count on any element of surprise in a war on their arch-foe?

Possibly not. Years of public speculation, much of it stoked by official statements in Israel and abroad, about the likelihood and timing of such a conflict have afforded the Iranians plenty of notice to fortify their threatened nuclear facilities and prepare retaliation.

Sep 9, 2012

Analysis: Can Israel surprise Iran? Maybe not, but could still strike

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cancellation of a security cabinet session on Iran following a media leak last week laid bare a conundrum long troubling Israeli strategists: could they count on any element of surprise in a war on their arch-foe?

Possibly not. Years of public speculation, much of it stoked by official statements in Israel and abroad, about the likelihood and timing of such a conflict have afforded the Iranians plenty of notice to fortify their threatened nuclear facilities and prepare retaliation.

Aug 1, 2012

Israel to US: Time running out in Iran nuclear dispute

JERUSALEM, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Israel warned visiting U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was
running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute
with Iran, saying sanctions and tough talk over possible
military action were failing to sway Tehran.

Speculation is rampant over whether Israel will make a
military strike against Iran to halt a nuclear programme that
the West suspects is aimed at building an atomic bomb but which
Tehran says is entirely peaceful.

Aug 1, 2012

Israel tells U.S. time is running out in Iran nuclear dispute

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute with Iran because sanctions and tough talk over possible military action were failing to sway Tehran.

Speculation is rampant over whether Israel will make a military strike against Iran to halt a nuclear program that the West suspects is aimed at building an atomic bomb but which Tehran says is entirely peaceful.

Jul 30, 2012

Israel’s Barak plays down Syrian chemical arms risk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel played down on Monday the risk from Syria’s chemical weapons, in what appeared to be a new tack after threats to take military action to prevent the arsenal falling into Islamist hands.

Israel has been particularly worried that Hezbollah, the Iranian-inspired Shiite militia in neighboring Lebanon, may gain access to the weapons should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip slip amid a 16-month-old insurgency.

Jul 24, 2012

Gasmasks in demand as Israel tracks Syria chemical arms

JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) – The Syrian government is
still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles,
Israeli defence officials said on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to
calm fears that a non-conventional war could be looming.

Syria’s 16-month-old conflict has spread concern that the
chemical arsenal, acknowledged by Damascus for the first time on
Monday, could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, the Lebanese
Islamist group allied to Iran and Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad, or that Assad could use then in a desperate last
stand.