Iran confident Israel won’t launch ‘stupid’ attack


AFP

Iran on Tuesday said it is dismissing Israeli threats of an imminent attack against it, explaining that even some Israeli officials realised such a “stupid” act would provoke “very severe consequences.”

“In our calculations, we aren’t taking these claims very seriously because we see them as hollow and baseless,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in a weekly briefing.

“Even if some officials in the illegitimate regime (Israel) want to carry out such a stupid action, there are those inside (the Israeli government) who won’t allow it because they know they would suffer very severe consequences from such an act,” he said.

Iran’s defence minister, General Ahmad Vahidi, was quoted by the ISNA news agency saying that Israel “definitely doesn’t have what it takes to endure Iran’s might and will.”

He called the Israeli threats “a sign of weakness” by “brainless leaders.”

The comments were a response to bellicose rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak in recent days suggesting they were thinking more seriously of military action against Iranian nuclear facilities.

“We are determined to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear (armed), and all the options are on the table. When we say it, we mean it,” Barak told Israeli radio last Thursday.

Israeli media have underlined the threat, reporting that a decision could be made within weeks. They have also highlighted opposition to the idea by current and former Israeli military officials.

The United States has recently multiplied visits by top officials to Israel in what appears to be an attempt to dissuade the Jewish state from targeting the Islamic republic.

“We continue to believe there is time and space for diplomacy,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

Israel insists that Iran is on the point of developing nuclear weapons, and says it reserves the right to act to prevent that.

The Jewish state has in the past launched air strikes to destroy nuclear facilities in Iraq and, reportedly, in Syria to protect its own regional nuclear weapons monopoly, whose existence it refuses to officially confirm.

Iran says its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful, civilian uses.

In the past couple of years it has ramped up uranium enrichment to a level just a few steps short of military-grade fissile material, saying those stocks are needed to create medical isotopes. It has also refused UN nuclear inspectors access to suspect military installations.

Renewed negotiations between Iran and the five top UN Security Council powers, plus Germany, have taken place this year. They have been downgraded after it became clear they were in an impasse, but not ended.

In the meantime, Iran is suffering from increasingly tough US and EU economic sanctions that have crippled its all-important oil exports.

  1. #1 by pretty eyes on August 14, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    “stupid” acts are seen for what they are…….unoriginal, childish and boring.

    the stupid “actors”, thru their obvious and ongoing antics; will see their chicanery halted.

    truly, God cannot tolerate such mean people………His Will be done.

  2. #2 by pretty eyes on August 14, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    p.s. turn the page, I did.

  3. #3 by MJ on August 14, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    Netanyaho’s psychologist killed himself cause he couldn’t live with the upside down world yahoo lives in. With that guy at the helm do not expect rational thought.

  4. #4 by equalizer on August 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

  5. #5 by equalizer on August 14, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    not sure why the link failed…..put “Italian Company Makes Hiltler Wine” in your search engine!!!

  6. #6 by equalizer on August 14, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    the above “marketing genius” (Hiltler wine) could prove profitable in a fertile growing region……grapes grow well here!!!

    wonder what the neighboring “farmers” would think………who cares!!!

    a vineyard is biblical…is it not?

  7. #7 by Ponders70 on August 14, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    Let the scum go it alone. I hope that if
    they do, the Iranians crush them to the
    very last criminal.

  8. #8 by bostonblah on August 14, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    #4 wow equlaizer they already took it down ,i had go to google cache to see it

    but do you know what a good jewish wine is? I WAANAAA GO TAAAAAHH FLOOOORIIIDA

    works better not written out wine /whine

  9. #9 by Woofie on August 14, 2012 - 10:37 pm

    Why doesn’t somebody just say F-You, Israel?

  10. #10 by Ingrid B on August 15, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    @Woofie, F-You, Israel!!!

  11. #11 by Lee on August 15, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    Just a thought. I came to the conclusion that a halo of protection seems to follow those who commit evil. Whether it is done on a personal level to each other, or by corporations and countries, is not known.

    I have seen it done by a family member to another family member. These persons commit lies, theft, manipulate, and just get away with it. This phenomenon that I noticed has to be the work of the devil or some dark agent which ever you choose to call it.

    Those of you that follow the blog by Les Visible, may have read about his conclusions too. There has to be something to it. I mean, how can people who commit blatant evil, get away with it? Is there any justice in this world?

    http://www.smoking-mirrors.com/

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