April 22, 2012
Should Israel decide to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, the IDF will be prepared to carry out the mission, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz told Yedioth Ahronoth in remarks published Sunday.
“In principle, we are ready to act,” the army chief told the newspaper in a special interview ahead of Israel’s upcoming Independence Day.
In respect to the Iranian threat, 2012 will be a critical year, Gantz said, adding that “the State of Israel believes that nuclear arms in Iran’s possession are a very bad thing, which the world should stop and Israel should stop.”
“We are preparing our plan accordingly,” he said.
Israel is the only country in the world facing open destruction threats by another state, which is also producing the means to do carry them out, the army chief said. However, he noted, this does not mean that he will be ordering the army’s Air Force chief to strike Iran “now.”