Israel’s Pathological Warmongering: Lies and Statistics – E.M. Mathews/Huffpo Commentator
1984: West German intelligence sources claim that Iran’s production of a bomb “is entering its final stages.” US Senator Alan Cranston claims Iran is seven years away from making a weapon.
1992: Israeli parliamentarian Benjamin Netanyahu tells his colleagues that Iran is 3 to 5 years from being able to produce a nuclear weapon.
1995: The New York Times reports that US and Israeli officials fear “Iran is much closer to producing nuclear weapons than previously thought” – less than five years away. Netanyahu claims the time frame is three to five years.
1996: Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres claims Iran will have nuclear weapons in four years.
1998: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld claims Iran could build an ICBM capable of reaching the US within five years.
1999: An Israeli military official claims that Iran will have a nuclear weapon within five years.
2001: The Israeli Minister of Defence claims that Iran will be ready to launch a nuclear weapon in less than four years.
2002: The CIA warns that the danger of nuclear weapons from Iran is higher than during the Cold War, because its missile capability has grown more quickly than expected since 2000 – putting it on par with North Korea.
2003: A high-ranking Israeli military officer tells the Knesset that Iran will have the bomb by 2005 — 17 months away.
2006: A State Department official claims that Iran may be capable of building a nuclear weapon in 16 days.
2008: An Israeli general tells the Cabinet that Iran is “half-way” to enriching enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon and will have a working weapon no later than the end of 2010.
2009: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak estimates that Iran is 6-18 months away from building an operative nuclear weapon.
2010: Israeli decision-makers believe that Iran is at most 1-3 years away from being able to assemble a nuclear weapon.
2011: IAEA report indicates that Iran could build a nuclear weapon within months.
2013: Israeli intelligence officials claim that Iran could have the bomb by 2015 or 2016.
Military Conflicts initiated by Israel: 30+
Number of Active Nuclear War Heads: 300+
Number of Nuclear Deterrents: 400+
Potential Nuclear Deterrent Manufacturing Capability: 1000+
Inspection Access to Nuclear Facilities by UN Weapons Inspectors: NO
Signed up to Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: NO
Ratification of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: NO
International Transparency on Nuclear matters: NO
Military Conflicts initiated by Iran: 0
Number of Active Nuclear War Heads: 0
Number of Nuclear Deterrents: 0
Potential Nuclear Deterrent Manufacturing Capability: 0
Inspection Access to Nuclear Facilities by UN Weapons Inspectors: YES
Signed up to Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: YES
Ratification of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: YES
International Transparency on Nuclear matters: YES