Concerning Iran, the Defense Minister said that the Qom nuclear reactor was under construction for several years and is buried in a bunker that is resistant to regular bombing. He did not mention the prospect of a nuclear strike.
Turning to the issue of the Palestinian Authority, the Defense Minister suggested that a recent statement by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas represented a positive development. Abbas said that “'if all the core issues are brought up for discussion, the Palestinian people will see an end to the conflict and to reciprocal demands.”
However, Abbas has said that the ”core issue” of Jerusalem is not negotiable, and that Israel must surrender all parts of the capital that the PA claims, including suburban neighborhoods of Ramot, French Hill and Gilo before he is willing to sit down for talks.
Barak Compares Jews with Irish Resistance
Barak's appearance before the Knesset committee ran into a stormy protest after he refused to accept a demand from Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) that he withdraw his comparison of Jewish residents of Judea and
Party colleague MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari charged the military establishment with ignoring a connection between the removal of checkpoints with attacks on Jews.