Only military action can stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capabilities, former Mossad chief Danny Yatom told Army Radio late Wednesday night. He added that he doubted the United States would approve such a step.
Responding to an interviewer’s query, asking Yatom if he had reached the conclusion that only military action could stop Iran’s drive toward nuclear weapons, the ex-Mossad head said:
«Yes, I have reached that conclusion».
According to the former intelligence chief, the «World needs to understand than an Iranian bomb poses a risk to its safety».
However, he added, he could not see «a U.S.-led world ready to take risks involved in striking Iran’s nuclear facilities».
U.S. envoy to the United Nations Susan Rice said Wednesday that the United States intended to study carefully Iran’s proposals for resolving its nuclear standoff with the West, submitted earlier that day, and said she hoped its offers would be constructive.
«Netanyahu agreed to full Golan pullout in first term»
Yatom also said Thursday that Netanyahu had agreed to a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights in exchange for peace and normalized ties with Syria.
Yatom, who headed the Mossad during Netanyahu’s first stint as prime minister in 1996-1998, told Israel Radio that a document to be published in his upcoming book was proof for his claims.
In that paper, Yatom said, Netanyahu’s envoy to the talks with Syria reported the PM’s consent to the withdrawal to then U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Education Minister Gilad Erdan said in response that Netanyahu had never agreed to a Golan Heights pullout, a fact which the PM had reiterated numerous times, adding that he thought there was no point in rehashing the past.
Source: Israeli Army Radio.