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Israeli Labor party leader: 'Israeli voices on Iran worrisome'

Israeli Labor Party leader Shelly Yechimovich.jpg

Aug 11, 2012

Israeli Labor Party leader Shelly Yechimovich says reports coming from offices of prime minister and minister for military affairs about Iran are worrisome.

"Of course, the political realm must make this decision. That said, when the heads of the armed forces, past and present, express strong opposition [to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy,] the lack of attention to their recommendations borders on the irresponsible," she said on Friday.

"The danger from Iran is indeed real, but it is a strategic mistake to turn this issue into one that is exclusively an Israeli problem," she added.

She noted that involving in a conflict with the US government is another big mistake. 

All know that all options are on the table but the time is not right now to choose the most dangerous option, Yechimovich pointed out.

Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike to force it to halt its nuclear energy program, claimed by the duo to have been directed towards the acquisition of military nuclear capability.

Tehran, however, refutes such allegations as “baseless” and maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. 

Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East. 

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Photo: Israeli Labor Party leader Shelly Yechimovich

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