IDF Chief not Convinced that Iran will Pursue a Nuclear Bomb
Iran, [Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny] Gantz says, "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn’t yet decided whether to go the extra mile."
As long as its facilities are not bomb-proof, "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."
Given that the head of the Israeli Defense Forces cannot be accused of being a soft-headed liberal or someone unconcerned about the defense of Israel. Perhaps this will give those who are near hysterical about Iran will read the above and take a deep breath? (Ok, a man can hope).
At a minimum: note that the head of IDF is stating that Iranian leadership consists of rational actors.
This is not to say that the issue is not a serious one. However, it matters in terms of policy (and general evaluation of the situation) as to whether we should view Iran as a bunch of crazies or not.