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      Defense Official: Focus on Preventing a Nuclear Iran

      Defense Ministry Diplomatic-Security chief Amos Gilad says Israel's priority should be to prevent a nuclear Iran.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 10/11/2012, 2:16 AM

      Amos Gilad
      Amos Gilad
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      Defense Ministry Diplomatic-Security chief Amos Gilad related on Wednesday to the latest developments in the Middle East. Gilad spoke at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

      “Today, Egypt leads the Arab world. Regarding whether there can be peace with the Muslim Brotherhood, they first have to accept Israel’s existence,” he said.

      Addressing Egypt’s supply of gas to Israel, Gilad said that "they must resume the supply because it is a material issue in the peace agreement with Israel.” In April, Egypt informed Israel that it is unilaterally cancelling the agreement of supply of gas.

      Gilad also spoke of the Israeli relations with Jordan, as that country’s Muslim Brotherhood is organizing protests calling for political reform. Gilad stressed that it is important that Israel work to keep the Jordanian regime stable.

      “Our security border is actually between Jordan and Iraq, namely the Jordan's ability to successfully curb terrorism within its borders,” he said, adding, “This helps us in maintaining national security and therefore, we must strengthen and assist where possible in maintaining the stability of the regime in Jordan."

      As for the civil war currently going on in Syria, Gilad said that "you cannot expect to have a democratic government in Syria and it is likely that after Assad Syria will become a chaotic country without government or leader. Fortunately there is a consensus in the world about the use of chemical weapons and is a line that the Syrians are not crossing and Israel will not permit it."

      In regards to Iran, Gilad said that "One nuclear bomb is enough for Iran. It has no interest in either nuclear weapons, as was the case during the Cold War, or in the arsenal that U.S. and the USSR accumulated.”

      Finally, Gilad said, "We are living in a very difficult time period and the Tahrir protests are not a sign of democracy. The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic, ideological movement and we must pay attention to its attitude toward Israel.”

      He added, “Clouds are visible in the horizon and we can do many things to prevent undesirable developments such as to give hope to the Palestinians for peace, make sure to avoid intervention, maintain the existing peace treaties, prevent a nuclear Iran and more. Right now our focus should be, in collaboration with the global community, to prevent a nuclear Iran and maintain the sanctions. Moreover, we need to preserve the unique cooperation that we have with the United States and Germany - such cooperation is essential to Israel.”