1. Words of Warning

    Netanyahu: Iran Threat Growing

    Image #: 16840691    Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Wednesday February 8, 2012 kicked off a new movement calling for changes in the political system, saying, "We must demand that when the prime minister is making fateful strategic decisions, such as action against Iran, he will not give in to or have his hand forced by political pressure."    Dagan, who cannot run for the next Knesset due to the cooling off period law, spoke about the vision of his new movement called "Yesh Sicui" (there is a chance) at a conference in Tel Aviv.  "The state of Israel faces great challenges, some of them from within: impossible chasms, sectoral tendencies which have minority and pressure groups controlling the state while the majority is not heard and has no way to realize its desires," Dagan stated.   Israel Sun/Peter Potter /Landov

    Peter Potter, Israel Sun / Landov

    As the former head of Israel’s intelligence service spoke out, saying he doesn’t think a military strike on Iran is smart right now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Israeli TV to say the situation was more urgent than ever. Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan said now isn’t the time to attack Iran over its nuclear program and came to the defense of the country that’s often seen as the enemy of Israel. “The regime in Iran is a very rational one,” Dagan told Leslie Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes. He even said its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—who has called for Israel to be annihilated—is somewhat rational when it comes to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “Not exactly our rational, but I think he is rational.” The interview will be broadcast Sunday night. Friday morning Netanyahu countered such words, saying an attack on Iran was “not a matter of days or weeks” and that the nuclear program must be removed. Netanyahu added: “The American clock regarding preventing nuclearization of Iran is not the Israeli one. The Israeli clock works, obviously, according to a different schedule.”

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