Barak: Decision to attack Iran "very far off"
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
January 18th, 2012
06:59 AM ET

Barak: Decision to attack Iran "very far off"

By CNN's Kevin Flower

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that an Israeli decision on whether to strike Iran’s nuclear program was “very far off”.

Speaking to Israeli Army Radio, Barak would not offer a concrete estimate as to when he believes Iran may develop a nuclear weapon.

“I don’t know its a long way off. Some will say a few years some will say six months. It really doesn't matter.”

Pressed on whether the decision to use force might be weeks or months away Barak said “I wouldn't want to make any estimates. It’s not urgent.”

Barak’s comments come a day before the American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey is scheduled to visit Israel for talks on regional security matters and days after the two countries announced the postponement of a large-scale joint missile defense drill dubbed “Austere Challenge 12”

Dempsey's trip, his first to Israel since his becoming America’s top military leader, comes amid growing international tensions over Iran's nuclear program and its threats to close the Strait of Hormuz to international shipping. A Pentagon spokesman said Sunday the U.S.-Israel military exersizes would be pushed back until the second half of 2012 for "a variety of factors."

Pushing back on reports that the exercise was cancelled because of strategic or financial concerns the Israel Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren released a statement Tuesday saying the decision was made jointly with the U.S. and “stemmed solely from technical issues “ calling the postponement “routine”.

In the interview Barak deflected questions on media speculation that Dempsey was visiting to ask the Israeli government not to strike unilaterally against Iran.

“The U.S. Understands that we have to listen to what they say and I think they listen to us..” Barak said “I don’t think there is much difference in how we see things”

Asked whether Israel had pledged to notify the U.S. Ahead of any any unilateral military action against Iran Barak responded “I don’t want to go into this. We haven’t made any decision on this. All of this is very far off”

Speaking to CNN in December Dempsey said there is no guarantee that Israel will give the United States warning if it decides to attack Iran, but that despite that America as sharing intelligence with Israel.

"We are trying to establish some confidence on the part of the Israelis that we recognize their concerns and are collaborating with them on addressing them," he said at the time

Post by:
Filed under: Diplomacy • Foreign Policy • Intelligence • Iran • Israel • Middle East • Military • Nuclear
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Toney Engroff

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2013/02/going-dutch.html?m=0

    June 21, 2021 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  2. Mack Salina

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?paged=91

    June 21, 2021 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  3. Cody Driere

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2018/05/border-crossers.html?showComment=1566393458068&m=0

    June 18, 2021 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  4. Jeffie Vanconant

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?page_i&paged=97

    June 15, 2021 at 4:36 am | Reply
  5. Tammara Marcinko

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/04/man-attempts-to-crash-qantas-flight-with-his-mind/

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/09/lists-ranking-attention-etc.html

    June 14, 2021 at 12:36 am | Reply
  6. Kyle Astor

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/01/boeing-787-dreamliner-za002-takes-to-the-sky-again/

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2005/12/christmas-past.html?m=0

    June 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  7. Basil Popek

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/05/airtran-and-frontier-split-ways/

    http://privatejetstoday.blogspot.com/2010/08/private-jet-flight-attendant-jobs.html

    June 13, 2021 at 8:37 am | Reply
  8. Tomasa Lacava

    I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/04/an-update-on-commercial-flights-at-paine-field/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163870

    June 13, 2021 at 3:43 am | Reply
  9. Daniell Solan

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2006/10/new-report-on-youth-and-media.html

    June 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  10. Louann Mcclee

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 11, 2021 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  11. Johnson Hatcher

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 7, 2021 at 3:16 am | Reply
  12. Wiley Bundy

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 5, 2021 at 8:56 am | Reply
  13. Lanie Szigethy

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/05/imagination-wanted-mobile-devices-in.html?showComment=1571302751407

    June 3, 2021 at 12:32 am | Reply
  14. Kaylee Fearen

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2006/12/moving-image.html

    May 31, 2021 at 6:04 am | Reply
  15. Maye Prak

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2010/10/links-for-video-as-art-ken-burns.html

    May 30, 2021 at 7:19 am | Reply
  16. Lynna Beigert

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://hent.blogspot.com/2007/07/?m=0

    May 29, 2021 at 6:30 am | Reply
  17. Melia Schneckloth

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2010/03/murdoch-publishing-accuracy-goes-from.html?showComment=1269889268683

    May 23, 2021 at 5:04 am | Reply
  18. Fe Jehlicka

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/12/delta-and-american-pull-flights-from-travel-sites/

    http://mastersprogrambest.blogspot.com/2013/09/national-security-masters-programs_20.html

    May 22, 2021 at 3:13 am | Reply
  19. Dorsey Krejcik

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/09/looking-for-job-in-inclusive-elementary.html?showComment=1502262314339

    May 21, 2021 at 3:13 am | Reply
  20. Laree Gutermuth

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://amusingspace.blogspot.com/2011/09/

    May 20, 2021 at 4:52 am | Reply
  21. Bradley Wakley

    I don't know about you all but I love airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/01/video/

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/airlinereporter/2010/01/21/get-vip-tickets-to-watch-the-boeing-747-8-first-flight/

    May 19, 2021 at 5:47 am | Reply
  22. Talia Schlehuber

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/04/swine-flu-causing-airlines-to-waive-fees/

    http://mastersprogrambest.blogspot.com/2013/09/national-security-masters-programs_20.html

    May 18, 2021 at 3:57 am | Reply
  23. Saran Gidden

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://rescattered.blogspot.com/2010/01/

    May 17, 2021 at 8:48 am | Reply
  24. Charlyn Desadier

    I don't know about you people but I love airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/02/the-airline-blog-goes-through-some-changes/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163870

    May 16, 2021 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  25. Rich Stepchinski

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusuf-hanafy-82493b183

    May 12, 2021 at 5:33 am | Reply
  26. Georgianna Ask

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://amusingspace.blogspot.com/2013/11/ehara-i-te-mea1-no-naianei-te-aroha-no.html

    May 11, 2021 at 7:34 am | Reply
  27. ARC

    Israel knows Iran is making medicine. It's time the rest of the world comes to understand.

    February 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  28. Erik Lipscomb

    They are scared now....wow what are you more afraid of? a war ? or being Nuked?

    January 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  29. Jim Kaye

    The time to stop a country from obtaining Nuke's is before the country can complete them. That time is now, since they are nearly at the point of making one. One they have one, they will be given higher ground on the world order. This cannot be allowed with Iran. A hot-headed supreme ruler like Iran has now, will surely use any weapons he has when war breaks out.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  30. RagMcmuffin

    I just got off the phone with Iran, they asked if we would please have Israel begin. Their tea is getting cold and their camels are tired from carrying 1000 pound bags of monkey shit from their president.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • Jim Kaye

      Hey bud, get your facts straight. The 1000 lb. bag was the leader and a couple advisers, not monkey...

      January 20, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  31. jack

    If you look at the middle east in the past 10 yaers or lets say since the american invaded Iraq you will see that Iran is the biggest ally to west coz the iranian paved the way to the american through its spies or lets say the new iraq governmet and even in afganistan when the Iranian reveloutionary guards attack the taliban with American air coverage simply its only a game they will not attack Iran

    January 19, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
  32. Iranacockuptheirass

    He is lying, I can see it in his eyes

    January 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  33. tony miranda

    i thing us and west needs to open there eyes and see . iran they have a evel mentality and they wont stop until they can be able to hurt wester nation . we need put stop to this evel regime.

    January 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  34. mipolitic

    if israel thinks it can live with iran with nukes , than i suspect coal powered steam engines is the future depenable power for our go-carts.

    January 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  35. Hahahahahahaha

    But the attack will happen. Very far off? Is June "far off"? Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    January 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  36. cacique

    No one would expect the Israel's Secretary of Defense to state a date of attack vs. Iran, nor how much of a wait before any attack happens...but I guess, the topic is always open.

    January 18, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
  37. michaelfury

    "American security services overnight stopped a car bomb on the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey.

    The van, packed with explosives, was stopped on an approach ramp to the bridge.

    Authorities suspect the terrorists intended to blow up the main crossing between New Jersey and New York, Army Radio reported."

    – Jerusalem Post, September 12, 2001

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/as-the-crow-flies/

    January 18, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.