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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ashkenazi gave US 'new intelligence' on Arak reactor

IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi may not have been given an audience with any American decision makers in Washington, but he apparently took advantage of his time there to pass on some new intelligence regarding Iran's Arak nuclear reactor according to a report in the Saudi newspaper al-Wattan quoted by Israel Radio this morning.
Arak is considered one of Iran's key nuclear sites that is believed to contain a heavy water reactor [If you look at the post just below this one, you will see that Arak is one of the three sites it discusses attacking with ballistic missiles. Haaretz says 42 missiles are required; JPost says 40. Either way, Israel apparently has enough missiles. CiJ].


During a visit to Washington, D.C., Ashkenazi met with Dennis Ross, the designated U.S. envoy to the Persian Gulf, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the Iranian issue.

The IDF chief told Ross that Israel would not tolerate a nuclear Iran. He said that a diplomatic approach to Iran's contentious nuclear program must be taken first, but said Israel must also prepare for other possibilities.
While no specifics of the 'new intelligence' are given, it is impossible to escape the sense that Israel is carefully laying the groundwork for an IDF attack on the Iranian nuclear facilities. That's good to hear, because no one else is going to do it.


At 9:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The rest of the world thinks its the Jews' problem. No wonder Gabi Ashkenazi couldn't get a hearing in official Washington.

Hopenchange, any one?

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