Israel deplores US report on Iran

Minister says wrong evaluation of Tehran's nuclear plans could lead to regional war.

    Olmert insists Tehran poses a major threat to Israel and the West [AFP]

    The Palestinian action is required as part of a US-backed renewal of peace talks with Israel this month.

    Dichter cautioned that a refusal to recognise Iran's intentions to build weapons of mass destruction could lead to a regional war.

    Yom Kippur

    He compared the possibility of such fighting to a surprise attack on Israel in 1973 by its Arab neighbours, known in Israel as Yom Kippur since the war started on the Jewish holy day.

    "Something went wrong in the American blueprint for analysing the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat"

    Avi Dichter
    Israeli public security minister

    "The American misconception concerning Iran's nuclear weapons is liable to lead to a regional Yom Kippur where Israel will be among the countries that are threatened," Dichter said in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

    "Something went wrong in the American blueprint for analysing the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat."

    Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, had refuted the US intelligence report that came earlier this month, saying that Iran continues its activities to attain components necessary to produce nuclear weapons.


    still poses a major threat to the West and the world must stop it, Olmert said.


    has for years been warning that Iran is working on nuclear weapons and has backed the US in its international efforts to exert pressure on Iran to stop the programme.

    Fighting misconception


    considers Iran a significant threat because of its nuclear ambitions, its long-range missile programme and repeated calls by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, to wipe Israel off the map.


    says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.


    will work to change the American intelligence agencies' view of Iran, said Dichter, a former chief of Israel's Shin Bet secret service agency.

    "A misconception by the world's leading superpower is not just an internal American occurrence," Dichter said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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