If ever the term “game-changer” could be applied without fear of exaggeration, it could be applied to Meir Dagan’s statement on his last day as Mossad chief, that Iran will not have nuclear weapons before 2015. And that’s the worst-case scenario, he told reporters and Knesset members — that’s if Israel, the United States and the rest of the world suddenly take the pressure off and let Iran go on its merry way to the bomb. If, on the other hand, the campaign of covert operations — i.e. sabotage and assassination — and sanctions continue, then, Dagan said, Iran will be unable to go nuclear for many years beyond 2015.
Meir Dagan, who retired from his post as Mossad chief on Thursday after eight years, does not believe Iran will have nuclear capability before 2015. In a summary given to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Dagan said Iran was a long way from being able to produce nuclear weapons, following a series of failures that had set its program back by several years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is asking President Obama for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard's release.