Friday, March 15, 2013

Israel's Army Intel Chief: Iran Doesn’t Think World Will Use Force To Stop Its Nukes

Aviv Kochavi speaks at the Herzliya conference (photo credit: Mitch Ginsburg/Times of Israel)

Iran Doesn’t Think World Will Use Force To Stop Its Nukes, Army Intel Head Says -- Times of Israel

Sanctions leading some in Tehran hierarchy to reconsider nuclear drive, Aviv Kochavi tells Herzliya conference.

The IDF’s top intelligence officer on Thursday described “cracks in the coherence” of Iran’s resolve to push toward a nuclear weapon in the face of international sanctions and internal turmoil. Still, he added, Iran doesn’t see a military strike against it as likely.

In the upper echelons of the Iranian government, just below the level of supreme leader, “we continue to hear voices saying that perhaps in the face of the sanctions and the toll on Iranian society the thinking should be altered,” Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said at the Herzliya security conference, Kochavi, the head of the IDF’s military intelligence directorate, said that Iranian production of oil was slashed by nearly 50 percent during the past year, to 1.2 billion barrels a day, and that inflation was up over 60 percent.

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Update #1: Iran believes chance of attack on it is low -- Jerusalem Post
Update #2: Iran Nuke Progress Slow But Steady, Assumes Strike ‘Not Likely’ -- Arutz Sheva

My Comment:
He is probably right.

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