Another expert contradicts Netanyahu – Israeli Ex-Atomic Chief: Iran 10 Years Away from Nuclear Weapons, and doubts that Iran is after them at all

Another Israeli expert has contradicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program.
“The Iranian nuclear program will only be operational in another 10 years,” said Uzi Eilam, the former head of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, during an interview with Ronen Bergman published today in the Israeli daily, Ynet.

“And I’m not even sure that Iran would want the bomb – it could be enough for them to be a nuclear threshold state …”

Netanyahu had said that Iran was 6-7 months from being 90% of the way to building a bomb during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.

 

The Israeli PM, who has been warning about an impending Iranian nuclear bomb for almost 20 years, has been relatively quiet during this year’s round of talks toward a comprehensive deal with Iran, which are set to resume on May 13 in Vienna Austria.

Several current and former Israeli defense and intelligence officials have cast doubt on Netanyahu’s statements on Iran’s nuclear program

“[Israel’s leadership] presents a false view to the public on the Iranian bomb, as though acting against Iran would prevent a nuclear bomb. But attacking Iran will encourage them to develop a bomb all the faster,” said Israel’s former Internal Security Chief, Yuval Diskin, at an Israeli forum on Apr. 26, 2012.

“I don’t think [Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei] will want to go the extra mile. I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people,” he said.

“[Attacking Iran is] the stupidest thing I have ever heard…It will be followed by a war with Iran,” said Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad, during a May 2011 Hebrew University conference.

“It is the kind of thing where we know how it starts, but not how it will end.” he added.

http://www.payvand.com/news/14/may/1057.html

 

The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program That Wasn’t

“the US intelligence community, since its well-known November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, has continued to be very clear on the pubic record about its conclusion that Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since 2003…The text of the indictment reveals that the reference to a “nuclear weapons program” was yet another iteration of a rhetorical device used often in the past to portray Iran’s gas centrifuge enrichment program as equivalent to the development of nuclear weapons.”
http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2014/04/11/the-iranian-nuclear-weapons-program-that-wasnt/

Backgrounds on the US-Iranian “nuclear standoff”:
http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/?q=node/10414

Iran’s Foreign minister Zarif on Netanyahu

As the negotiations proceeded in Geneva, the Israeli premier, Binyamin Netanyahu, warned against any agreement that left the Iranian nuclear programme in place. He said: “I believe adopting the proposals is a mistake of historic proportions. They must be rejected outright.”

Asked about Netanyahu’s comments, Zarif said: “I don’t think he’s an authority on mistakes because he’s been making mistakes for his entire life. He’s been calling the Iranian programme six months away from a nuclear weapon since 1991, so I don’t consider him a credible authority.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/iran-and-west-drafting-nuclear-agreement?commentpage=1

Who is the real threat: Iran or Israel?

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/10/who-real-threat-iran-israel-2013101791830213883.html

“Iran’s nuclear bomb is a product of Israel’s propaganda. Since 1992, Netanyahu and current Israeli President Shimon Peres have repeatedly claimed that Iran will build a nuclear weapon over the next few years….Netanyahu is now declaring that if Iran possesses 250kg of uranium enriched at 20 percent, Israel will bomb its nuclear sites. This is while Israel possesses up to 200 nuclear warheads and is not a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)…Barak and Netanyahu were determined to attack Iran in 2010, but were thwarted by the military and intelligence establishments within Israel…To justify military aggression against Iran – who unlike Israel, has not attacked another country for almost 300 years – Netanyahu constantly likens Iran to Nazi Germany…”