Well, it appears that the Times of London is capable of perpetrating anti-Iranian fraud and sometimes an honest bit of reporting. The paper’s Israel correspondent reports that the retired IDF general who once ran Israel’s nuclear weapons program disputes the government narrative that Iran is an imminent nuclear threat to Israel and the world:
A general who was once in charge of Israel’s nuclear weapons has claimed that Iran is a “very, very, very long way from building a nuclear capability”.
Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam, 75, a war hero and pillar of the defence establishment, believes it will probably take Iran seven years to make nuclear weapons.
The views expressed by the former director-general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission contradict the assessment of Israel’s defence establishment and put him at odds with political leaders.
…Eilam, who is thought to be updated by former colleagues on developments in Iran, calls his country’s official view hysterical. “The intelligence community are spreading frightening voices about Iran,” he said.
He suggested that the “defence establishment is sending out false alarms in order to grab a bigger budget” while some politicians have used Iran to divert attention away from problems at home.
“Those who say that Iran will obtain a bomb within a year’s time, on what basis did they say so?” he asked. “Where is the evidence?”
The Israeli general also argues against an Israeli attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities:
…Eilam argues “such an attack would be counter-productive”.
“One strike is not practical. In order to delay the Iranian programme for three to four years, one needs an armada of aircraft, which only a super-power can provide. Only America can do it.”
A breath of truth and fresh air. Is anyone listening there in Tel Aviv? H/t Dan Sisken.