Speaking to Fox News, former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stated that Israeli intelligence regarding the Iranian threat is most likely correct, stating “their intelligence on Iran is excellent.”
“I think any prime minister of Israel who gets up every morning and reads in the newspaper that the leadership of Iran says that the Israeli state should be annihilated, eradicated, incinerated, has to know that it’s that prime minister’s responsibility to see that that doesn’t happen,” he explained, explaining that he has doubts as to the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran.
Rumsfeld confirmed there is a close connection between Syria and Iran regarding the threat facing Israel, adding he does not feel that Israel should have to inform the United States ahead of launching a military attack against Iran’s nuclear program. Rumsfeld, who served as secretary of defense under the Bush and Ford administrations added that Israel cannot wipe out the nuclear program but an air force strike can delay it, causing a significant setback, which is the what required at present.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)