DEBKAfile August 31, 2012, 6:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon said Friday in a radio interview that mixed messages from foreign powers, including the US, were responsible for Iran not fearing a real military threat. Iran believes it can carry on developing a nuclear bomb without interference. He was answering US military Chief Gen. Martin Dempsey who spoke out against an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program saying he "doesn’t want to be complicit" if Israel chooses to do it.
“We have an exchange of views, including with our friends in the US, who in our opinion are partly responsible for this feeling in Iran,” said the Israeli minister, adding “There are many cracks in the ring closing tighter on Iran.” He referred to the sanctions waivers the US granted many governments for the purchase large quantities of Iranian oil. “We criticize this,” said Yaalon. He also singled out UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon for traveling to Tehran this week.