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Former Military Intelligence Chief: ‘Iran Has Crossed the Red Line’

But the head of the research division at Military Intelligence does not believe an all out war is imminent.
Major-General Amos Yadlin

Major-General Amos Yadlin
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“Israel can attack Iran alone and can also deal with the aftermath,” Major-General (Ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former IDF head of military intelligence told the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies. According to Yadlin, Iran has already “crossed the new red line drawn by Israel.”

Yadlin estimated that “the Iranians can very quickly produce a nuclear bomb even now, and the closer they get to the breakthrough moment, the faster they’ll be able to do it – under a presidential order. He warned that as early as this summer Iran will be at a stage where the time lag between an order and a finished bomb will come down to a month or two.

At that point, he warned, it would be extremely difficult to stop Iran.

Gen. Itai Baron, head of the research division at Military Intelligence, said that back in 2012 Israeli experts recognized a difference between the real capabilities of Iran and what it was actually prepared to execute. He estimated that the sanctions imposed on Iran, including international pressure, damage and deter Iran. Yet, despite those influences, Iran’s nuclear program continues to advance in an obvious direction.

“We are in a period of a lot of risks, uncertainties and instability, in an explosive atmosphere and an increased likelihood of escalation scenarios,” Baron concluded. But he nevertheless stressed that the IDF is not expecting an all out war of annihilation directed at Israel, similar to the Yom Kippur War 40 years ago.

Gen. Baron also warned against the Syrian government’s repeated use of chemical weapons and of repeated attempts to send Syrian military equipment to the Hizbollah in Lebanon.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Former Military Intelligence Chief: ‘Iran Has Crossed the Red Line’”

  1. Samuel Ramos says:

    Sooner or later it will have to be done. However, I think the U.S. should probably do this!

  2. Samuel Ramos says:

    Sooner or later it will have to be done. However, I think the U.S. should probably do this!

  3. Felix H. AlOmar says:

    There's something wrong about this headline, when you go to the original news it says" Iran has Crossed the Red Line", not Israel….I am also subscribed to the papel edition of the Jewishpress.

  4. Felix H. AlOmar says:

    I mean, the headline preview at Facebook…

  5. Rafi Schutzer says:

    The Iranian elections might obviate the need for Israel to overtly attack. I might not talking about a new leader that will steer the country away from their obsession with obtaining a bomb. There will be another opportunity for a "Green Reaction" to a fraudulent result. Israel can aid the opposition by providing small arms (why do you think the UN wants the "Small Arms Treaty") which will enable the populace to resist the mullahs.

  6. Michael says:

    So, will N.Korea wait for Iran or Iran supply its stuff to N.K. For a coordinated attacks on Seoul and Negev?

  7. A nuclear Iran would pose an immediate, existential threat to states both in the Middle East and Europe, but will trigger a huge arms race in the Middle East and Europe, which will fuel $?$ into a hard pressed American economy.

    US Official: "We believe that there are many cases in which the Iranian threat commits us to strengthen the ability of states in the region to defend themselves" (World Tribune, Monday, July 5, 2010).

    Hagel: Arms Deal a Sign of 'Ironclad' U.S. Support for Israel: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, on Monday hailed a major arms deal as a sign of "ironclad" U.S. support for the Jewish state after talks on Iran's nuclear drive and Syria's war.

    Speaking at a joint news conference with Yaalon in Tel Aviv, Hagel confirmed the two had agreed on a multi-billion dollar weapons deal that will see Israel receiving an impressive array of advanced U.S. missiles and aircraft.

    On Tuesday morning, Hagel will meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu before leaving for a brief stopover in Jordan, then on to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, where he will wrap up details of the $10 billion arms deal that will also provide missiles to Saudi and U.S. F-16 fighter jets to the UAE (INN, 4/23/2013).

    Iran: US-Israel Arms Deal Only Serves to Destabilize Region: Iran has denounced a deal for the US to sell advanced missiles and aircraft to Israel, saying the move will only serve to destabilize the region.

    "This kind of aid will only lead to instability and insecurity in the region," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters at his weekly press conference, according to the AFP news agency.

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who touted the deal during his trip to Israel, has said it sends Iran a "very clear signal" that the military action against Iran and Syria are both viable options (INN, 4/23/2013).

  8. Samuel Ramos says:

    Either way, we are going to "duke it out" with Iran sooner or later….Or attack their Nuclear installations in the Atlas Mountains or where ever they are. A nuclear armed Iran is a non starter!

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