Military option to deal with Iran is nearer: Israel's Peres

JERUSALEM Fri Nov 4, 2011 5:47pm EDT

Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks at the ''Sixty Years of British-Israeli Diplomatic Relations'' conference held at Chatham House in London March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks at the ''Sixty Years of British-Israeli Diplomatic Relations'' conference held at Chatham House in London March 30, 2011.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Shimon Peres added to a debate raging in Israel over whether to attack Iran, when he said on Friday that a military option to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons was nearer.

Asked by Channel Two News if "something was bringing us closer to a military option rather than a diplomatic one," Peres said: "I believe so, I estimate that intelligence services of all these countries are looking at the ticking clock, warning leaders that there is not much time left.

"Iran is nearing atomic weapons and in the time left we must turn to the world's nations and demand (they) fulfill their promise ... which is not merely passing sanctions. What needs to be done must be done and there is a long list of options."

Israeli media has been rife with speculation this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to secure cabinet consensus for an attack on Iranian nuclear installations.

Western powers, including Israel, suspect Tehran of developing nuclear weapons -- something Iran denies -- and have imposed sanctions in an attempt to curb its program.

Iran, which opposes Israel's existence, says it is enriching uranium only to power reactors for electricity generation.

Though no direct threats of military action on Iran have been made by Netanyahu, both Israel and the United States have repeatedly hinted at possible use of force, saying all options were on the table.

(Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (26)
sothatsit wrote:
So if you had a choice between being in Iran or Israel when the shooting starts, where would you prefer to be standing? I personally would rather be in Israel. We always are filled with anxiety whenit becomes obvious that there is no diplomatic way forward, and the military option unfortunately becomes the only option. So lets talk war. Iran fought a war for decades against a country a third of their size to a stalemate. The U.S. and her allies liberated Iraq in short order in around 6 months, effectively making fools of the ancient persian empire. Im certain if this becomes a military solution, the strategy used by the allies will be swift and decisive. Iran will fall quickly.

Nov 04, 2011 6:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mdmonahan wrote:
If Israel were not a threat, it would have nothing to fear. Just who is doing the saber rattling here?

Nov 04, 2011 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Am I the only one who noticed this story about a month ago – The US just sold 50 Bunker Busting bombs to Israel, something not even George Bush would do. What were we expecting to do with them? Happy Hunting, Israel.

Nov 04, 2011 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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