Israel disputes American NIE on Iran

by Infidelesto on December 4, 2007 · 1 comment

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They have to suspect it.  Their survival is at stake.

Israeli intelligence believes Iran is still trying to develop a nuclear weapon, Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday, disputing a U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran has halted its program.

“It’s apparently true that in 2003 Iran stopped pursuing its military nuclear program for a time. But in our opinion, since then it has apparently continued that program,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Army Radio.

In a new assessment made public on Monday, the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, a synthesis of information from American spy agencies, concluded that Iran has suspended its attempt to build a nuclear weapon. The unclassified summary marked a surprising reversal of the previous U.S. view that Iran is aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stopped short of disputing the U.S. assessment on Tuesday, playing down the new gap between the Israeli and American views.

“According to this report, and to the American position, it is vital to continue efforts to prevent Iran from attaining (nuclear) capability,” Olmert told reporters before meeting with Italy’s deputy prime minister.

I have to point out that when the process of gathering intelligence (NIE) has been so easily dismissed as legitimate comes forth with evidence that panders to their agenda, liberals salivate over it.

Also, Debbie at Right Truth has a nice roundup of today’s reaction of the latest NIE

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  • harryparker410

    I don’t believe that NIE at all. I think it’s the same old story of the politization of America’s intelligence apparatus with their own political agenda. Iran is after the bomb.