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Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday that while Israel hopes
international efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear aspirations will succeed, it must
act as if it can depend on nobody to protect it from the Iranian threat but
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“We must aspire to a situation in which the righteous work will
be done by others, but act as if, ‘if not me, who,’” Ya’alon said in an
interview with Army Radio, making use of a Hebrew adage touting self reliance.
The Hebrew media has been full of reports over the last few
days about discussions in Jerusalem about the possibility of launching an attack
on Iranian nuclear development installations.
A report in Yediot Aharonot
on Tuesday stated that the US is working on several levels to pressure the UN’s
Security Council into imposing harsher sanctions on Iran. They attributed the
pressure to a UN International Atomic Energy Agency report due out this month,
which they say indicates considerable progress in Tehran’s development of its
military nuclear program.
The US is concerned that the report may trigger
Israeli actions against Iran, Yediot
Speaking at the opening
of the winter session of the Knesset on Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu made reference to the Iranian threat.
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“Iran is continuing in
its attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” he said. “A nuclear Iran will
threaten the Middle East, the world and Israel.”
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