Israeli PM lies about Iran nuke threat

Independent journalist Juan Cole wrote on his Informed Comment site:

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The Israeli Likud Party’s cover story for why it wants to draw the United States into a war with Iran makes no real sense.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been predicting an Iranian nuclear bomb since 1992 (a time when Iran had no nuclear program at all), and he has been wrong for 15 years in a row. Minister of Defense Ehud Barak and other Israeli officials have said publicly that Iran has not decided to go for a nuclear weapon.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given more than one fatwa, or formal religious ruling, that making and stockpiling nuclear weapons are forbidden in Islamic law. Netanyahu is in a position similar to that of someone who wants to argue that Pope Benedict XVI secretly has a condom factory operating in the Vatican.

Iran isn’t, contrary to what Netanyahu alleged, a year away from having a nuclear weapon. Iran can’t construct a nuclear weapon at all as long as it is being actively inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which it is (and yes, including the Fordo facility).

There is no facility with uranium or enrichment facilities that is off limits to the IAEA inspectors. No country under active inspection by the UN has ever developed a nuclear weapon. Israel, which always refused such inspections, has some 400 nuclear warheads.

Read the full post, It's Psychological Warfare Stupid: Why Netanyahu Really Wants to Destroy Iran.

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