TORONTO — Contrary to the anxiety of many Israeli politicians, Iran doesn’t pose an existential threat to Israel, says the former director of the Mossad, Israel’s external intelligence agency.Good to know, but then the Titanic was once called "unsinkable" and everyone knows how well that turned out.
Speaking at Beth Sholom Synagogue last week, Efraim Halevy adopted an upbeat approach, describing Israel as extremely strong and indestructible.
Halevy, who joined the Mossad in 1961 and headed it from 1998 to 2002, cautioned that Iran, rather than Israel, should be concerned about its future.
In a menacing allusion to the possibility that Israel might well bomb Iran’s budding nuclear weapon sites one day, he said, “There is great fear and uncertainty in Iran as to what Israel might do.
“We are capable of things the Iranians fear,” added Halevy, whose appearance here was under the auspices of Canadian Society for Yad Vashem.
Halevy said he agreed with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s most recent assessment on Iran. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Barak said Iran would not be an existential threat to Israel’s existence even if it acquired a nuclear arsenal.
Anchoring his remarks to Barak’s analysis, Halevy said, “Israel today is indestructible. It’s not possible to destroy Israel. Israel today has an array of offensive and defensive abilities that make its destruction impossible.”...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A former Mossad chief says there's no way Iran can wipe Israel off the map. From the CJN: