On the heels of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting with President Obama concerning what to do about Iran’s supposedly dangerous race for nuclear weapons, the former chief of Israel’s intelligence service told CBS News that he believes it would not make sense for Israel to launch an air strike against its enemy’s uranium enrichment facilities before all other options are exhausted.
Former Mossad spymaster Meir Dagan (photo) told Lesley Stahl of CBS’ 60 Minutes that while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may appear to be obsessed with Israel’s annihilation, in reality he and his regime are operating out of their own peculiar rationality. “The regime in Iran is a very rational one,” he told Stahl, and that includes Ahmadinejad — “not exactly our rational, but I think he is rational.”
While the country may not be possessed of the geo-political mindset that informs nations such as Israel and the United States, Iran’s officials are nonetheless keenly focused on their country’s safety and survival, particularly concerning the implications of moving forward with their nuclear project. Even though Ahmadinejad has made it clear that he wants to destroy Israel, Dagan said Iranian officials are nonetheless “considering all the implications of their actions…. They will have to pay dearly…. And I think the Iranians, in this point in time, are going very careful in the project. They are not running in it.”
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