Ehud Barak Restates Case for Military Strike on Iran
May 2, 2012 • 8:02AM

Continuing his flight forward, Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak once again reiterates his determination to launch a military strike against Iran, before it reaches the so-called "immunity zone" in which its nuclear installations are bomb-proof.

"I believe it is well understood in Washington, as well as in Jerusalem, that as long as there is an existential threat to our people, all options to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons should remain on the table," Barak told a meeting of the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem.

In a swipe against former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin, who earlier this week blasted what he called the "messianic" worldview of Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Barak retorted, "Parts of the world, including some politically motivated Israeli figures, prefer to bury their heads in the sand." Barak said a military option "would be complicated with certain associated risks. But a radical Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear weapons would be far more dangerous both for the region and, indeed, the world."

Meanwhile, Yaakov Amidror, Netanyahu's National Security Advisor has been at the European Union headquarters in Brussels for "secret" talks ahead of the next P5+1 talks between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members — the U.S., Great Britain, Russia, China, France — plus Germany. Amidror met yesterday with Helga Schmid, the European Union's deputy secretary general for political affairs, under EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Schmid is coordinating preparatory talks with Iran ahead of the second round of negotiations over its nuclear program, scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad.

Today, Amidror was to continue those talks, and leave for Berlin for talks on May 2 with his German counterpart, Christoph Heusgen, and with Germany's representative in the P5+1 talks with Iran, Hans-Dieter Lucas.

Two weeks ago, Amidror was in Moscow, where he met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who firmly stated that his country opposes any unilateral Israeli military action against nuclear facilities in Iran and believes that such an Israeli action would have destructive consequences throughout the Middle East.