JTA Reports: The Islamic Republic “is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb,” Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz in an Independence Day interview. “It hasn’t yet decided whether to go the extra mile.” Gantz said this year is critical in Iran’s nuclear development but “not necessarily ‘go, no-go,’ ” for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.
“We’re in a period when something must happen: Either Iran takes its nuclear program to a civilian footing only or the world, perhaps we too, will have to do something,” he said. “We’re closer to the end of the discussions than the middle.” Gantz said he believes that international diplomatic and economic sanctions are beginning to have an effect. The United States and Israel are “partners” in dealing with the problem, he added.