'World Wants Israel to Attack'

Prof. Efraim Inbar says economic pressure will not stop Iran -- the only way is military action and if Israel acts, the world will sigh in relief.

Gil Ronen,

Israeli F-16 refueling
Israeli F-16 refueling
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The head of Iran's nuclear agency, Ali Akbar Selahi, said Wednesday that Israel lacks the military capability to attack his country's nuclear installations. On Tuesday he announced that his country had developed a new generation of centrifuges.

Professor Efraim Inbar, Head of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, said in response that it is clear that the Iranians are signaling to the entire world that they are continuing with their nuclear program. “We must not under any circumstances underestimate their technical ability,” he warned in an interview with Arutz Sheva in Hebrew.

“The fact that they are talking about producing new centrifuges is something that I would not take lightly,” he said. “This thing will enable them to speed up the process of nuclear production.”

Dangerous smugness
The West continues to exhibit smugness, he observed. “The Iranians succeed in playing for time and meanwhile the western world does not give thought to the passing time, and it appears that some of the western states believe that it is possible to live in peace with a nuclear Iran. The economic sanctions that are being placed on Iran do not work: economic pressure will not stop them. The only way is military action and if Israel carries out the military operation the entire world will breathe a sigh of relief.”

Prof. Inbar said that Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's arrival at the U.N. General Assembly is an outrage. “How can it be that the enlightened world allows him to go there without all of the nations walking out? It is simply amazing,” he said.