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The Islamic regime in Iran will likely not be around in another decade, but
Israel cannot rely on a regime change when confronting the Iranian nuclear
threat, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday.
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“I am not sure that
this regime will be in power 10 years from now,” Barak said at a conference on
Iranian Jewry held at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv. “I can also not rule out
the possibility that in a year from now, an opposition group like the Green
Movement will not lead a new revolution. But we cannot count on
Barak added that the current round of sanctions imposed on Iran
will not succeed in stopping the Islamic regime’s race to obtain nuclear
“Sanctions are having an effect, but there is no chance that on
their own they will stop the Iranians’ efforts,” Barak said. “There’s still time
for diplomacy but the sanctions need to be much tougher and include Russia,
China and India. Only this way will the Iranians be really
Another speaker at the conference, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Itzik
Ben-Israel, the former head of the IDF’s Research and Development Directorate,
said that in his opinion, Israel had the military capability needed to attack
Iran’s nuclear facilities and cause them extensive damage.
technically can attack facilities like these, but we cannot do it every week,”
Ben- Israel said. “The US can do it as much as required – every two weeks, every
year or whatever is needed.”
Ben-Israel also played down the severity of
the Iranian nuclear threat. While declaring that Israel needed to work to stop
Iran, he said that if Iran succeeded in developing a bomb and then dropping it
on Tel Aviv, the fallout would not spell the end of the Jewish state.
Iran were to get a weapon and attack Israel with it and it would land in Tel
Aviv, it would have a blast radius of about 500 meters, meaning that 20,000
people would be killed,” he said. “This is a lot but it doesn’t destroy Tel Aviv
or the State of Israel.”