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Ex-PM says Israel does not have capacity to strike Iran nuclear sites

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on July 10, 2012 [GALI TIBBON/AFP/GettyImages]
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on July 10, 2012 [GALI TIBBON/AFP/GettyImages]

Israel does not have conventional military capabilities that enable it to strike and permanently eliminate the Iranian nuclear project, as it did in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an opinion piece published in Haaretz's Hebrew site.

Olmert said the policy adopted by former Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu over the past few years and the repeated warnings that Iran is on the verge of becoming a "nuclear power" are incorrect, because "intensive and accelerated uranium enrichment does not necessarily turn Iran to being on the verge of becoming a nuclear state".

Olmert, who criticised what he called the approach of creating unnecessary fear and panic, added that Iran was at every point, within a few months of producing the needed quantities of enriched uranium to be on the verge of becoming a nuclear state, however, the question that should be asked is what brings Iran closer to being a nuclear state.

He explained that while the quantities of enriched uranium are necessary, additional conditions should also be met that are not available to Iran today.

The former politician added that it will take Iran a long time to become a nuclear-capable country.

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