With the International Atomic Energy Agency set to release a report this week on the status of Iran's nuclear program, much of the attention has also focused on Israel, and the question of whether Israel is preparing a military strike against Iran's nuclear program. In an interview with Israeli radio on Tuesday, Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak had a wide ranging discussion on the subject of Iran. Here are some of his comments from the interview.
"there is a need for fatal sanction including on the central bank."
"Israel has not decided yet on any operation".
"the debate over Iran is a demagogic intimidation campaign."
"Israel is the strongest country in the middle east."
"Israel does not want a confontation (war) but if it happens the state of Israel will not be destroyed and there will not be 10,000 dead and not even 500 dead in any possible scenario."
"in the last couple of weeks an intimidation campaign is taking place in Israel which is false and unnecessary in the matter of a confrontation between israel and Iran."
"The findings of the IAEA report have been known to the world for quite awhile"