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IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz: 'I Doubt That U.S. & European Diplomatic Effort Will Persuade Iran To Stop Its Nuclear Weapons Program'

PM Sharon: 'Israel Cannot Agree To Iran Becoming A Nuclear Power'

Shimon Peres: 'Ariel Sharon Is Best Man To Cope With Iranian Nuclear Threat & Palestinian Issue'

IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz

IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz says he does not expect the current international effort will dissuade Iran from halting its nuclear weapons program. And also today, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared: 'Israel could not agree that Iran will become a nuclear power'. The PM was speaking at a joint news conference with former Labor party leader Shimon Peres who endorsed Sharon as the best leader to face the Iranian nuclear threat and the Palestinian issue.

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‘I do not expect the international effort by the U.S. and Europe will persuade Iran to halt its nuclear weapons drive’. That’s the message from IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz with time running out before Tehran reaches the nuclear point of no return.

General Halutz says Iran has repeatedly dodged international pressure to stop its nuclear weapons program and he believes this will happen again. Israel’s top soldier made the statement at a news conference with foreign correspondents in Tel Aviv.

PM Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres

Around the same time in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared: ‘Iran poses a very great threat to Israel and Israel cannot agree that Iran becomes a nuclear power’. It was Sharon’s strongest statement so far. The Prime Minister hoped that the Iranian nuclear issue would be transferred QUICKLY to the U.N. Security Council for a decision to impose sanctions on Tehran. At a joint news conference, former Labor party leader Shimon Peres declared that Sharon was the best Israeli leader to cope with the Iranian nuclear threat. Peres also endorsed Sharon as the man who could advance the peace process with the Palestinians. Sharon replied by saying that Peres would be suitable for filling any post that Peres would like in Sharon’s next cabinet.

After the Iranian threat about wiping Israel off the map, the issue will become a major issue in the current election campaign. Labor party leader Amir Peretz and the Likud candidate will have a tough time facing the formidable Sharon-Peres team on the Iranian nuclear threat

David Essing

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