Friday, March 21, 2014

IDF: Iran's nukes still a target

Remember Iran and those nukes?  You know, the 'domestic' nuclear programme that Iran agreed to talk about talking about an agreement - maybe - with that scary and intimidating John Kerry???

Homeland Security News Wire:

IDF ordered to continue preparations for striking Iran’s nuclear sites this year 

19 March 2014

The negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program continue, with an eye to replacing, by June, the current temporary agreement with a permanent one, but Israel let it be known that it is continuing to its preparations for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have instructed the IDF to continue its preparations for carrying out such a strike, at a cost estimated to be at least ten billion shekels ($2.89 billion) this year.

Some members of the Knesset committee asked the generals whether there was a justification to continue with such expensive preparations in light of the interim agreement reached between the world powers and Iran in November 2013, a 6-month agreement which went into effect 20 January, and while there are on-going discussions between Iran and the P5+1 over a permanent agreement.
Yehezkel and Eizenkot responded that the IDF had received explicit directive to continue refining the plans and readying the forces for a possible independent strike by Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities, regardless of the talks now taking place between Iran and the West.


In the last few weeks, Netanyahu, in his public utterances, has come back to the theme of an Israeli strike against Iran.

“My friends, I believe that letting Iran enrich uranium would open up the floodgates,” Netanyahu said at the AIPAC conference earlier this month. “That must not happen. And we will make sure it does not happen.”  [emphasis mine]

There is more here.

Paying attention???

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