MK: Iran to have nuclear capability within 2 years

(Gold9472: That's interesting. I thought it was 10 years. Israel and the U.S. are SO going to bomb the shit out of Iran.)

By Gideon Alon, Haaretz Correspondent

Speaking after an assessment Tuesday by the head of the Mossad, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said that if Iran's nuclear program continues unchecked, it will certainly have operational nuclear capability within one or two years.

Steinitz added that if Iran possesses atomic weaponry, the region will become a "black Middle East" that will pose a danger and a threat to the entire world.

He stressed that a nuclear Iran would mean an existential threat to Israel, calling on the global community, under American leadership, to take steps to thwart the Iranian program.

Steinitz made the statement after the committee met Tuesday with Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who gave the panel an assessment on Iran's nuclear capability.

In a prior appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Dagan said that "Iran will reach the point of no return by the end of 2005 in its technological capability to develop a nuclear bomb. Three or four years later, they will be able to produce the bomb."