IAEA: No News on Iran’s Nuclear Program, ‘Main Threat’ to Israel

[ 0 ] February 28, 2014 |

Israel has pushed IAEA to release report on suspected nuclear activity in Iran but U.N. agency says it has no nuclearthreatnew news; former head of military directorate in Israel talks to genConnect about the threat a nuclear Iran poses to Israel

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said Friday it had not prepared a report with new information about suspected atomic bomb activity in Iran. The news came after Israel urged the IAEA to go public with all information it has regarding the alleged nuclear program. It had been reported that the IAEA had planned a major write-up on Iran last year that may have disclosed more of it’s alleged nuclear activities; that the agency didn’t release it.

Watch General Amos Yadlin, the director of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University and former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, as well as former Israeli Air Force (IAF) general and Israel Defense Forces military attaché to Washington, D.C., talk to genConnect about the threat of a nuclear iran, how to contain Tehran, and other threats facing Israel:

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As a former head of Israeli Intelligence and a leader in the Israeli military, Yadlin knows where Israel stands politically; he’s not naïve. “Israel faces a lot of threats,” he says, “terror from the Palestinians, civil war in Syria that can trickle down to Israel, chemical weapons, Hizballah…”

But Yadlin has confidence in his country. “We can handle it,” he insists. “Israel is a strong country with a very good military.”

“We can handle our very tough neighborhood,” he added.

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Iran, however, is another story; particularly a nuclear Iran.  Yadlin says Iran’s radical regime and potential possession of nuclear weapons make it a “main threat.”

Iran has been very open about its desire to “erase israel from the map, destroy Isreal,” Yadlin says. “It is our goal … not to let Iran become nuclear.”

Israel can more easily deal with its other threat because other countries don’t possess nuclear weapons; the nuclear threat from Iran is very, very real. 

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About Amos Yadlin: Amos Yadlin, born in 1951, was named director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in November 2011, after more than 40 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, ten of [...]
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