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Latest Ehud Barak Items
Israel's defense minister abruptly proposed Wednesday that Israel consider "unilateral action" if long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians don't produce a deal — suggesting Israel may be thinking of withdrawing on its own from parts of the West Bank, as it did from the Gaza Strip seven years ago.
Israel's defense minister voiced skepticism Tuesday over an agreement by Iran to open up its nuclear facilities to U.N. inspectors, saying the Iranians are trying to create a "deception of progress" to stave off international pressure.
A sense of inevitable war with Iran has seized Israel as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have concluded 1) Iran is about to produce a nuclear bomb; 2) Iran plans to use it to wipe out Israel; and 3) the time for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear production sites is now (i.e., at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign, when neither candidate would risk losing by criticizing Israel).
Cross-border fighting between Gaza and Israel, touched off by Israel's killing of a top militant leader, showed no signs of letting up on its third day Sunday. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israeli towns, hitting an empty school, and Israeli airstrikes killed three Gazans, including a boy and a farm guard.
Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions.
Israel does not want to take military action against Iran over its nuclear program, but at some point it may have no other option, the Israeli defense minister said Thursday.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on Tuesday of a possible Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program and rejected suggestions that the Jewish state would be devastated by an Iranian counterattack.
Israel's defense minister warned Tuesday about the threat of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program and rejected suggestions that the Jewish state would be devastated by an Iranian counterattack.
Israeli defense officials on Wednesday announced the successful test-firing of a new ballistic missile and a recent air force exercise that included refueling for long-range flights, amid growing talk about an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.