Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that if Iran succeeded in developing a nuclear weapon, a Middle
East arms race would ensue with Saudi Arabia and Egypt eventually
seeking nuclear weapons as well.
Speaking in an interview with US broadcaster Charlie Rose aired Wednesday, Barak conceded that if he were in Iran's place he would "probably" attempt to acquire a nuclear weapon.
Barak said that he did not believe Israel was the sole impetus for Iran's drive to attain nuclear weapons.
"Iran sees India, China, Pakistan and allegedly Israel around them with nuclear weapons" and they want them themselves, Barak stated.