Israel will attack Iran if it doesn’t abandon its nuclear program, a Cabinet minister hoping to replace embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was quoted Friday as saying.
Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz also said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “will disappear before Israel does,” the Yediot Ahronot daily reported. Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for Israel’s destruction.
Mofaz’s spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the remarks, which were much more explicit than anything Olmert himself has said. Olmert has gone no further than hinting that Israel was prepared to use force against Iranian nuclear facilities, saying only Tuesday that “the Iranian threat must be stopped by all means. ”
According to the newspaper report, Mofaz a former chief of staff and defense minister has concluded that international sanctions haven’t curbed Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
“If Iran continues its nuclear arms program — we will attack it,” the newspaper quoted Mofaz as saying. “The sanctions aren’t effective. There will be no choice but to attack Iran to halt the Iranian nuclear program.”