Israeli minister defends Iran hawkishness

July 18, 2008 at 12:22 PM
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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.

"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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