Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that Israel faces "myriad, complex challenges," including the Iranian threat. "They are moving ahead and it won't take them many more years," he said, presumably referring to the Iranian ambition to produce nuclear weapons.
Speaking at a Labor Party forum in Beersheva, Barak said Israel must make security preparations to meet the Iranian threat. "It requires that we hold a thorough discussion and that we do many things," he said, "in the fields of prevention, intelligence and sanctions."
Regarding the Iranian president's latest boasts about his country's nuclear program, Barak said: "The folks at Military Intelligence gave us an assessment that things are moving forward… the estimate is three to four years and that goes by very quickly," he added. "No option can be off the table. Operational aspects must be examined and I do not want to elaborate. Not just in the coming months, but for the next two years."