Israel ready to strike Iran, Lebanon, Gaza if ordered, says military chief

24/04/2012 03:46

Source: Al Arabiya/AFP

Israeli forces are carrying out more special operations beyond the country’s borders and will be ready to attack Iran’s nuclear sites, Gaza and Lebanon if ordered, the chief-of-staff said in an interview on Sunday.

In an extract from an interview with the top-selling Yediot Aharanot daily, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said that 2012 would be a critical year in efforts to halt what Israel and much of the international community believe is an Iranian nuclear arms program.

“We think that a nuclear Iran is a very bad thing, which the world needs to stop and which Israel needs to stop ─ and we are planning accordingly,” Gantz said.

“In principle, we are ready to act.

“That does not mean that I will now order (air force chief) Ido (Nehushtan) to strike Iran,” he added in the interview which will be published in full on Wednesday, on the eve of Israel’s 64th anniversary as a state.

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