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Ex-Mossad Chief Hints: Listen to US on Iran

Efraim Halevy says some of the weapons to be used in Iran strike are not Israeli-made.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/30/2012, 6:19 PM

Ephraim Halevy
Ephraim Halevy
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Former Mossad head Efraim Halevy hinted broadly Thursday that Israel needs to listen to United States when considering military action against Iran.

"We must be very cool headed and very determined" when thinking about Iran's nuclear weapons program, he told Voice of Israel government sponsored radio, "but also very attentive to the words of our friends and those who wish us well."

While it is true that Israel can only rely upon itself, he explained, there are also other components in the equation that are beyond Israel's control. "For instance, not all of the armaments and missiles that will be used [in an Iran attack], if they are used, will be Israeli-manufactured."

Halevy estimated in an early August New York Times interview that an Israeli attack on Iran was weeks away. “If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks,” he warned.

Asked whether he still holds the opinion now, Halevy said: 'if I were an Iranian now, I would be very ashamed of my leaders."