Amos Gilad 311.
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Senior Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad warned on Friday that Iran is
Israel’s principal threat and should be prioritized as such by leaders in
Speaking at the Ashkelon Academic College, Gilad admitted that
there is no immediate nuclear threat, but said “there is certainly great
motivation and determination [for one]” in Iran.
Israel has never had to
deal with security on so many fronts, Gilad said. “We need to know how to
prioritize what to deal with first. In my opinion, we’re talking about the
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister
Ehud Barak, he added, see and understand the depth of that threat and the danger
it poses to Israel.
Asked whether Israel should attack Iran, the Defense
Ministry official said, “all options are open.”
He discussed Iran’s
motivation to destroy Israel and its practical capabilities in achieving its
goal. “[Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah] Khamenei says that Israel has no place.
Iran believes that it needs to be an empire equal in strength to the United
States. That is the motivation driving the development of Iran’s missile
“As of now the Iranians have enriched uranium. Today
the situation is that they are on the starting line – there is uranium, the
knowledge is there, but they are not producing” nuclear weapons.