Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon 370.
(photo credit: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry spokesman)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visited the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel
on Tuesday, accompanied by IAF Chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel, and IDF Chief of
Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.
During his visit, when asked about recent
comments made about Iran by former senior Israeli officials, Ya’alon said,
“People talk, expressing themselves freely. I’d be glad if people would show
more responsibility, and if we didn’t need responses such as the one the prime
minister had to provide.”
Last week, former Military Intelligence chief
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Iran had in effect already crossed
Israel’s red line
on its nuclear development.
During the recent Jerusalem
Conference in New York, former prime minister Ehud Olmert said Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had “exaggerated” the imminent nature of the Iranian
, and that “perhaps someone helped them [the Iranians] to fail” in efforts
to advance their nuclear program.
On Monday, Netanyahu said Iran had not
yet crossed Israel’s red line
in its nuclear project, but that it was
systematically getting closer to it.
“The whole discussion on the Iranian
issue is a sensitive discussion, and it would be preferable if it were held in
the right places,” Ya’alon said on Tuesday.