Israeli Defense Chief: Iran is A Threat To All The World

While stressing that Israel is not under any existential threat, Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday noted that Iran is a central threat not only to  the Jewish state but to the entire world.

Jerusalem Post

 

“We are not under any existential threat, I don’t see anyone who would try to destroy our country,” Barak said in an interview with Channel 2,” But Iran is a central threat to Israel both because of the their pursuit of nuclear weapons and because they support Hamas and Hizbullah.”

“Iran is a threat to the entire world, as it is interested in changing the entire international order and is a source of instability in the Middle East and throughout the world,” said the defense minister.

When asked about overtures made by US President Barack Obama, Barak said that while Israel is “not in a position” to demand that the US not engage in talks with Iran, it is “certainly in a position to tell the international community to limit the diplomatic efforts within a set time-frame and to have sanctions ready.”

The defense minister hinted that Israel was not ruling out a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, saying that “Israel is prepared for all the options.”

When asked about his position regarding possible peace talks with Syria, Barak stated that while it may not yet be possible to reach a peace agreement with Assad, he believes “Syria should be on the list of countries with whom Israel engages in negotiations, not in war.”

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Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak (L) sits across from ... 
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak (L) sits across from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) REUTERS/Dan Balilty/Pool (JERUSALEM POLITICS)
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