Peretz: We must examine Gates' statement on Iran

Israel must examine the meaning of the statement made by US Defense Secretary-designate Robert Gates the previous night on the Iranian threat, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told Israel Radio on Wednesday. Gates told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing that if Iran obtained nuclear weapons "no one can promise" that it would not use them against Israel, but that the US would only intervene if Washington were threatened. Also, regarding the kidnapped IDF soldiers, Peretz said that all the information that Israel had on their welfare would be handed over to their families alone. "The information must remain confidential," he said, adding, "Negotiations are not conducted in the media."