Barak: Military action preferable to nuclear Iran

July 25, 2012 22:35


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Iran with a nuclear weapon would have far more dangerous repercussions for Israel than Israeli military action taken in an attempt to stop it, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on Wednesday.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the National Defense College and in some of the strongest remarks made lately on Iran, Barak said that Israel might be required to make "fateful decisions" in the near future.

"I am familiar and intimately aware of the challenges and difficulties invoked in trying to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Barak said. "It is however clear to me beyond a shadow of doubt that confronting the threat, if it comes to that, will be far more complicated, far more dangerous and far more costly in lives and resources."

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