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      Netanyahu: Khamenei 'Not a Rational Leader'

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explains in closed conversations why he is seriously considering attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 8/6/2012, 3:45 AM

      Binyamin Netanyahu
      Binyamin Netanyahu
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      After a week in which security officials past and present explained why they strongly oppose an Israeli attack on Iran, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has clarified why he is seriously considering taking action against the Iranian nuclear facilities.

      Netanyahu made the remarks in a closed meeting and was quoted on Sunday in a report on Channel 2 News.

      “Khamenei is not a rational leader, just like the leaders of North Korea who are totally unpredictable,” Netanyahu was quoted in the report as having said. He added that when Iranians speak of the destruction of Israel they may really mean it.

      Netanyahu also stressed, “In war, 90% of damages to the home front can be prevented with proper defense. It is impossible to defend oneself against nuclear weapons."

      He also addressed the possibility of American involvement in the attack and said, “I am not messianistic. I too wish that the United States will do the job.” He stressed, however, that under the conditions that the United States is placing and given the pace at which Iran enriches uranium, American involvement is not certain.

      The Prime Minister’s Office refused to verify that Netanyahu had indeed made the remarks, telling Channel 2, “We do not acknowledge quotes made during closed conversations.”

      On Friday, Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash, former head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, predicted that an Israeli attack on Iran could take place in the near future. He also sided with other former senior defense officials, such as former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin, who have expressed their opposition to the move.

      Ze’evi-Farkash warned that an attack on Iran may cause significant damage to Israel, saying he believes Israel should prepare a plan for military action, but at least for now - not apply it in practice.

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week once again called for the annihilation of Israel, which he labeled “the axis of unity of the world hegemonic powers.”

      Speaking in advance of International Qods Day, Ahmadinejad said, “It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling the major world affairs, and behind the scenes of the major power circles, in political, media, monetary and banking organizations in the world, they have been the decision makers...”

      “The Zionist regime is both the symbol of the hegemony of the Zionism over the world and the means in the hand of the oppressor powers for expansion of their hegemony in the region and in the world,” he went on.