"One of those regional powers is Iran, which is continuing itsefforts to obtain nuclear weapons. A nuclear Iran would constitute a grave threat to the Middle East and the entire world, and of course it is a direct and grave threat on us." One day later, defence minister Ehud Barak, struck a similar tone."A situation could be created in the Middle East in which Israel must defend its vital interests in an independent fashion, without necessarily having to reply on other forces, regional or otherwise," he said.
Ken Blackwell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.