Amos Gilad 311.
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Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad warned on Friday that Iran is the
central threat to Israel and said it should be prioritized as such by
leaders in Jerusalem.Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak, he added, see and understand the depth of that threat and the
danger it poses Israel.
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
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Israel has never
had to deal with security from 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 Iranian
Asked whether Israel should attack Iran, the Defense Ministry official said, "All options are open."
Israel, he explained, has no place under the sun from Iran's perspective. "[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 capabilities."
"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, he said.