Gantz: There's a lot of idle chatter about Iran issue

June 5, 2012 17:06

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday took an apparent swipe at former defense establishment officials making public pronouncements about the Iranian nuclear threat, saying that "there is a lot of idle chatter on the issue."

While discussing Israel's current security situation at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Gantz said that in regard to a potential attack on Iran, "Only a very few people know what is and is not possible. Many people claim to know, but don't really know, and there are those that knew at one time, but don't know today."

The chief of staff's comments appeared to be directed at former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin, who have publicly questioned Israel's current leadership for threatening an attack against Iran's nuclear facilities and suggested that such an attack would not be effective in seriously curbing Iran's nuclear program.

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