Thursday, December 20, 2007

Israel’s Shattered Trust

By P. David Thursday, December 20, 2007

Is Israel standing up for itself at last? The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran—particularly its lead sentence that “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program”—has caused wall-to-wall consternation in Israel, whose intelligence community is convinced that Iran has never, except possibly for a brief intermission, stopped working on its bomb.

On Saturday Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, member of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima Party and previously head of Israel’s domestic security agency, called the NIE an “American misconception concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons, which is liable to lead to a regional Yom Kippur [War] where Israel will be among the countries that are threatened.”

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