In the first Israeli response to North Korea's belligerent missiles launches over the weekend, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Saturday he was "very troubled by the American response to North Korea's actions," adding he was "not at all calm regarding the American appeasement towards Iran."
Ben-Eliezer was speaking in a casual cultural event in Ramat Gan and his statements did not constitute the official position of the government.
"As far as I'm concerned, the estimates regarding the date that Iran will have nuclear weapons do not matter. For me, an Iranian nuclear bomb is a fait accompli, but the world continues to play a double game with Iran, with statements and UN resolutions by day, and more than 1,000 European still trading with Iran by night. [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad sees through the West's weakness and giggles when he knows everyone needs Iranian oil and money," Ben-Eliezer said.