Israeli general: Iran not building a nuclear bomb
April 25th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Israeli general: Iran not building a nuclear bomb

Israel's top general said Iran is led by "very rational people" and doesn't appear poised to build a nuclear bomb that would threaten his nation.

Iran "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Israel's Haaretz newspaper in Wednesday editions. "It hasn't yet decided whether to go the extra mile."

The head of Israeli Defense Forces set a different tone than that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who suggested to CNN on Tuesday that time is running out for Western sanctions on Iran to have a meaningful effect on Tehran's nuclear program.

The sanctions "are certainly taking a bite out of the Iranian economy," Netanyahu said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on CNN's "OutFront." But "they haven't rolled back the Iranian program - or even stopped it - by one iota."

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  1. mahdi shafei from GREAT IRAN

    we will destroy israel. i swear

    February 20, 2014 at 5:23 am | Reply
  2. Everett Wallace

    Listen general or maybe you missed this. The president of iran said, "Isreal should be wiped from the face of the planet
    that is not rational that is psychotic and I recommend respiridone meds for him. Isrealis (Isrealites) are not recognized as people to them, this hatred comes from biblical times, they are not going to change and neither are the people who associate with them. Just to let you know when the jews lived in Jerusalem it was the most beautiful of GOD's house, and once babylon came upon the city iran (the persians) are a part of babylon they slaughtered all the males except those from the royal family and the mated with the females, there is only 1 Jew left from the Jews of the Holy Bible. Why did GOD let this happen it was because of their disobedience. So rock up it is about to get krunk

    April 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  3. The ambassador

    Good news everyone! Israel and Iran just made a peace agreement and decided they would not go to war with each other cuz the presidents of both countries just found out that their brothers from another mother!

    April 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  4. Zeeshan

    ....Because both the Israeli general and the prime minister gave opposite explanations, it seems that Iran having nuclear weapons or not has become more of a personal opinion than a real fact.... Which dumb motherfucker put these idiots in charge of reducing potential world war to a matter of opinions??!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  5. john brown

    Maybe this Gideon dude is not from Israel neither is he a Jew. Go figure, he sounds like someone who actually hates the jewish people and is trying his possible best to insight others. He is an idiot and one is born every second. He is succeeding by getting under your skins. I am not a jew, but I know a lot of Jews and they are better than this idiot.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  6. fayemogh

    thank god we still have decent generals in israel.sound minded.bibi should keep his ears open.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  7. JayBee

    I am an American, i have no religious affiliation nor any desire to be a part of Judaism or Islam. So i guess you could say i'm speaking objectively here (to the extent that it is possible to be objective).

    I am a little sick and tired of hearing about Iran and how it is an emminent threat to world peace and stability. What the fuck proof does anyone have that points to Iran seeking nuclear proliferation? None. Literally nothing. Is it so hard to believe that this state is actually seeking to use nuclear energy for domestic and peaceful purposes?? Anyway, the heavy sanctions imposed unilaterally and bilaterally by every country in the west appear to finally be working. Iran is making attempts to return to the table. Furthermore they're playing a role in international matters (they have sent some # of aid workers to Syria for example).

    Mean-fucking-while, Israel who is not a member of the NPT has WMD's stockpiled. Furthermore they just recently bought a number of nuclear subs from Germany capable of firing ballistic missiles containing nuclear warheads. They have publicly expressed their desires for a pre-emptive strike against Iran and they continue to take no real steps in making peace with the millions of displaced muslims whos land Isreal now owns.

    It is funny to think that if any other crap country in the world were doing what israel is doing, they would be viewed as a pariah state. But nooooooooooooo, Israel can do no wrong. But if you ask me, they are taking more steps towards international instability then anyone else in the region. So i say Fuck Israel. Im sick of this shit, they're gonna drag the U.S. into a war. Its inevidable.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Chris


      April 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • JayBee

        Really? thats it?

        April 27, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  8. shivadass


    April 26, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  9. Hahahahahaha

    Sure they're not. Try him for treason!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

    April 26, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  10. Jo

    gotta agree with Thor. That is definitely another Muslim trying to spread the hate. Pretty f-in funny though.Way too easy to spot this guy.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply

    I find it funny when Israel says that Iran is a threat to world peace. The very Iran which is a signatory of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Convention for the Annihilation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, the convention effectively prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, retention, stockpiling and use of biological and toxic weapons and is a key element in the international community's efforts to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

    The tyrant Israeli regime has never allowed nuclear inspectors to access its nuclear sites and till today has refused to join the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in spite of being the only country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons.

    Despite their own history written with the blood of innocent people all over the world, these so called Super Powers shamelessly point fingers at others. I wish I had a voice loud enough to remind them what Jesus Christ said 2000 years ago, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

    April 26, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Jo

      Well your name say's it all. I know that in Iran they don't let you watch tv or listen to the radio, (other than Iranian channels) They just don't let you know much. Where did you get your information that Israel is the only Nuclear capable nation? Pakistan has nukes, India, has nukes, China has Nukes, get your head out of the sand. Under your tyrannical rule in Iran you get to know nothing.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
      • JayBee

        He said the only nation in the MIDDLE EAST with nukes (which is true). Last time i checked, China, Pakistan, and India are NOT in the middle east. Get YOUR head out of the sand.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  12. whattheFUCK

    SHIT on a DOG with a piece of GLASS. This man needs to go buttFUCK a NIGGER and shit on a muslim. Have nice day.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
    • Da Don

      That's the problem with the world today, to many rasicts bastards like you in this country. All republican too.

      April 26, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
      • alex

        well said

        April 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • White For Life

      Pussies don't like dicks because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes. Assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck a asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate. And it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves. Because pussies are a inch and half away from assholes. I don't know much about this crazy crazy world, but I do know this. If you don't let us fuck this asshole we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit.

      April 27, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  13. ZionPride

    This man is a traitor. God chose us as his people and has given us the green light to destroy any people which we dont like. Israel will never have any one to compete with in the Middle East, we are the master race of the world and we will not allow these persians the ability to be strong like us. We need to have the edge to make sure we get what we want. One day we will fight for water and other resources. I feel no pain for dead children of any country other than ISRAEL!!

    April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,

      FUCK ZION!!!!!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • galileo225

      Your no more Jewish than my dog.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • Gideon

      YHWH watch over you brother.

      The house of David will fall on the goy with blood and fire. The children killed by injection.

      The Muslim hordes must be slowed, kill this traitor before Israel is put in danger.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Yeah, the only people who put "Zion" into their name are Arab terroristic Dipshits. Cheers mate, your cover's been blown, go fuck a goat

      April 26, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
      • joe

        I doubt the dudes an Arab, your just paranoid. I've heard bunches of Jews talk like that.

        Fuckin goy every other word...

        April 26, 2012 at 1:14 am |
      • michaelfury

        April 26, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Jo

      Spoken like the true MUSLIM that you are. What? You don't think people can tell you are a Muslim trying to spread hate against the Israeli's? lmao. That was the worst fake Israeli post I have ever seen. Your just another Radical Muslim trying to spread hate against the Israeli's. TFF.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
      • JayBee


        April 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • joe

        I have heard many Jews speak in such a manner.

        Take your islamiphobia somewhere else.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  14. Pudendal Cleft

    Thank you!

    As for the rest of you war-mongering, war-loving chickenhawk cocksuckers, bend over and take it up the ass.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • JayBee

      dude shut up, why is it that fucking idiots like you cant just come on here and make your arguement without hate spilling out of you. Act like a civil human being. all you can say is 'bend over and take it in the ass'? i am so happy that i dont know you.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Pudendal Cleft

        I take it that you're a war-mongering, chickenhawk cocksucker, then?

        April 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  15. Gideon

    Iran is still a danger to my people.

    They have threatened Israel with genocide.

    I say kill every last one, women and children.

    We need the support of USA to do this.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Fergdsake

      Well, you cant have our support for that, and thank God that most people dont think like you.
      We dont need another genocide on this earth, and those who propose it should be shunned.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Billy

      I see Hitler missed one.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Same Arab troll, different name, different thread, same Bullshit. Go back to your Al Qaeda cave you bitch

      April 26, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • Emperor Palapatine

      The eagle has your back Israel.Execute order 66 on Iran.
      For the Republic!!

      April 26, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • alex

      u fucking stupid moron peace of shit, world is fucked up because of people like u

      April 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  16. kilo is not pound

    good news !

    April 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  17. bill



    wat up

    April 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply

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