Gates: Strike On Iran To Have Catastrophic Results


robert-gatesFormer US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned today that an Israeli or American strike on Iran would only bolster the Islamic Republic’s drive for a nuclear weapon, according to Ynet.

Neither Israel nor the US has the capabilities to obliterate Iran’s atom program, he said, and a military operation against the country’s nuclear facilities “would make a nuclear-armed Iran inevitable. They would just bury the program deeper and make it more covert.”

Gates, who staunchly opposed an attack on the Islamic Republic during his term in the Pentagon, made the remarks in a speech in Norfolk, Virginia, according to the Ynet report.

“The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations in that part of the world,” he said, and called for harsher sanctions to be imposed on Tehran.

“That’s our best chance going forward, to ratchet up the economic pressure and diplomatic isolation to the point where the Iranian leadership concludes that it actually hurts Iranian security and, above all, the security of the regime itself, to continue to pursue nuclear weapons.”
Gates, reported Ynet, said that while Israel’s anxiety over a nuclear Iran is understandable, Washington must make it clear to leaders in Jerusalem that “they do not have a blank check to take action that could do grave harm to American vital interests.”

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. nobody needs to be a genuis to know that. but if they hit iran now at least it can hold iran back a few years & maybe even give klal yisroel more time to do teshuva before iran hits israel C”V

    may we all start doing teshuva right away. before anything tragic happens

  2. It is always a “former” this & “former” that, making all these predictions. There is a reason why thy are no longer employed. Don’t pay attention to these losers.

  3. TO #2
    cause then mashiach would’ve been here already.
    i.e. Hashem is waiting for achdus to return to klal yisroel & for all of us as ONE to return to hashem with serious teshuva (not the yom kippur teshuva but actually the teshuva of bein adam lachaveiro, where noone will be afraid to confront his friend even years later to ask forgiveness or return money he charged extra to a rich person etc…)

    sadly i read daily in the news all the tragic events & blogs from different people. And it really shocks me that no matter how sad & tragic things get, we still won’t come together as a nation to do teshuva & achdus to return to Hashem so Hashem can then bring mashiach

    may we all wake up very soon & mashiach come