Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that the Iranian threat has reached a point that constitutes "a sword on the neck" of Israel.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv, Barak stated that the Israeli leadership felt like the Jewish State had a sword to its neck prior to the 1967 Six-Day War, and felt their was no choice but to act.

The defense minister, who has often employed the phrase "point of no return" in referring to Iran's nuclear program, said that a sword on the neck traditionally has meant that one's enemies have attained weaponry and are poised to strike. When speaking of nuclear capabilities, he added, the ability to obtain the weapon is enough to constitute a sword on the neck. If Iran has already obtained nuclear weapons, it will be too late to act, Barak said.

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