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Israel ex-minister of military affairs says Iran strike ‘catastrophic’
Israel’s former minister for military affairs, Shaul Mofaz (file photo)
Israel’s former minister for military affairs, Shaul Mofaz (file photo)
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Will an early attack by Israel change Iran's strategic situation regarding the nuclear program. My answer is no."

Former Israeli minister of military affairs Shaul Mofaz

Israel’s former minister for military affairs Shaul Mofaz has warned of the “catastrophic” consequences of a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.


“We need to ask ourselves… two questions," Mofaz said in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 on Saturday.

"Will an early attack by Israel change Iran's strategic situation regarding the nuclear program. My answer is no. And the second question is, will an early strike by Israel, in the current circumstances, in the existing situation in the Middle East…will an early attack lead to war?" Mofaz questioned.

"My answer is that the probability for this is very high," he stated.

The Kadima leader further criticized his hawkish rival, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his "manipulative" posing of a nuclear Iran as an "existential threat" to Israel.


Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike to force it to halt its nuclear energy program, claimed by the duo to have been directed towards the acquisition of military nuclear capability.

But Iran has dismissed the allegations and the threats, pledging a crushing response to any attack on its soil.

Unlike Israel, Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its nuclear activities have been frequently inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog, however, has not found a shred of evidence to substantiate US and Israel’s claims.

Israel is widely known to be the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, holding an arsenal of between 200 and 300 atomic warheads.

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