Lt. General Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff of the IDF:
But his assessment of the Iranian leadership lacks the urgency you often hear from Netanyahu and Ehud Barak.Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defense Minister, is also optimistic:
"The program is too vulnerable, in Iran's view. If the supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants, he will advance it to the acquisition of a nuclear bomb, but the decision must first be taken. It will happen if Khamenei judges that he is invulnerable to a response. I believe he would be making an enormous mistake, and I don't think he will want to go the extra mile. I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people. But I agree that such a capability, in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists who at particular moments could make different calculations, is dangerous."
Defence Minister Ehud Barak was on Wednesday also taking a somewhat softer line on Iran, saying it had “not yet decided to manufacture atomic weapons” also suggesting the sanctions could work.
“If the Americans, and the Europeans and we ourselves are determined, there is a change of stopping the Iranians before they acquire the atomic bomb.”