Barak: No imminent danger from Iran

Defense minister tells FADC indirect talks with PA are better than none.

March 8, 2010 13:59
Barak fancy

Barak fancy. (photo credit: Ariel Hermoni / Defense Ministry)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday downplayed the so-called Iranian threat, encouraging a more relaxed discourse on what he didn't perceive as an imminent danger to the Jewish State.

“Perhaps in the future the Iranian regime will become a threat, but at the moment there is no need to get too agitated," he said at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. "We are acting to prevent Iran from becoming [a threat],” he continued.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Barak also expressed his satisfaction over the recent Palestinian green light for the resumption of negotiations, albeit indirect, and elaborated on the reasons for the hitherto diplomatic impasse.

“I am of the opinion that it is better to speak to the Palestinians directly, but one must keep in mind that under the current situation it was even tough to get these proximity talks the Americans initiated," the defense minister told members of the committee.

"It was difficult to [reach an agreement to resume proximity talks] not just because of us, but also due to the difficulties and pressures from the Arab states," added Barak.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town