|Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barack|
What was interesting about the Slate piece is that it was a wide ranging interview, in which Barack discussed a number of other topics, including the Egyptian elections, the situation in Syria and the relationship with the Palestinians. Below is a quick summary of what Barack said:
- Iran is clearly heading towards becoming a nuclear power, and they are dragging out the negotiations with the world powers;
- In the meantime, Iran is trying to reach a "zone of immunity" against an Israeli or American attack by burying their facilities as deep underground as possible;
- The IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] reported that they found certain materials enriched to 27 percent at Iran's underground facility at Fordow.
- Barack is still hoping that the Iranian nuclear program can be stopped by negotiations or sanctions;
- On Egypt, Israel is concerned about terror attacks from the Sinai against Israeli territory, and the Israelis are building a border fence to separate Israel from the Sinai;
- On Syria, Barack believes the fall of the Assad regime would be a major a major blow to their main allies Hezbollah and Iran, but that there must be plans to secure Syria's chemical weapons so that these weapons do not fall into the wrong hands.