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BBC: Israelis Grow Increasingly Concerned about Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions


Consulting a number of Israeli policy-makers and experts, the BBC explained in a report on Monday why Israel fears a nuclear Iran.

A retired officer from Israel’s secret service, Mossad, told us that issues related to Iran take up most of the time and energy of Israel’s intelligence services.

That calculation would include not just Iran’s nuclear programme but its support for Israel’s enemies like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza.

So Israel sees Iran as a determined, energetic and dangerous enemy – but not an unstoppable one.

Former Israeli intelligence minister Dan Meridor told the BBC that the current sanctions have impacted Iran’s behavior and, if left in place, could continue to do so. Meridor said that by not capitulating to pressure to revoke the sanctions, “we can slow processes and hopefully move things in a better direction.”


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