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Israeli minister defends Iran hawkishness

Israeli minister defends Iran hawkishness
Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz during a visit in the West Bank town of Ariel on March 14, 2006. Olmert pledged to annex this Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank, a message aimed at appeasing settlers.(UPI Photo/Pavel Wolberg/POOL) | License Photo

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 18 (UPI) -- Israel's transportation minister isn't backing down from hawkish words about attacking Iran that some observers have blamed for a worldwide rise in gas prices.

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz who warned in June that Israel would attack Iran if that country didn't cease nuclear development told The Jerusalem Post that his positions hadn't changed.

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"Israel cannot let Iran get to the point of nuclearization," Mofaz said. "All options are on the table. If there won't be a choice other than a nuclear Iran or a military option, it's clear what our decision has to be."

Mofaz however also indicated he would work for a diplomatic solution within a limited timetable. He will be Israel's lead minister in discussions this month with the United States about Iran.

"The strategy against Iran has not changed and it will continue to be led by the United States," Mofaz said. "We cannot let a dangerous regime threaten the entire would."

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