Defense Minister Ehud Barak addressed rumors that Israel was planning a military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, saying that "lethal and paralyzing enough" sanctions could be effective in halting Tehran's nuclear ambitions, but "no option should be taken off the table." Barak's comments came in an interview with the BBC aired on Sunday.
Barak warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would become much more effective in sponsoring terror and intimidating its neighbors, especially with the pending US withdrawal from Iraq.
An eagerly awaited report from the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, is expected to strengthen suspicions that Tehran is seeking to develop the capability to make atomic bombs, but stop short of explicitly saying it is doing so. The report is due to be released on Tuesday or Wednesday. Barak stated that he hopes the IAEA report "will tell the whole world a little bit more specifically about [Iran's] nuclear plan."