Saturday, August 4, 2012

Strike on Iran 'could be just weeks away'

An Israeli strike against Iran to thwart its suspected efforts to build nuclear weapons, could be months, or possibly even weeks, away, Israel's former military intelligence chief has warned.

But reserve Major-General Aharon Zeevi Farkash admitted to Israel's Channel 2 Television he did not know for certain whether an attack would take place and said it should be the "last" option used.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said earlier this week he has not yet taken a decision on the issue, but added: "From my reading of the overall situation, it seems it will be soon. It could take place within weeks or a two months."

Although he said he did not think the time was right for an Israeli attack, he stressed he did not think the military option in dealing with Iran's nuclear ambition should be taken off the table.

"The Iranians have to understand that if they don't give up their efforts to go nuclear, they will have to absorb a blow, especially to their military installations," he said.

"This blow would be delivered by some sort of coalition - American, or also Israeli," he added. Read More