Tehran calling

Eli Lake reports on Israel’s timetable for the end of diplomatic efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program:

Speaking to the Israeli press on Wednesday evening after meeting Secretary of State Rice, Israel’s deputy prime minister, Shaul Mofaz, said, “Sanctions must be strong enough to bring about change in the Iranians by the end of 2007.” According to a source familiar with discussions yesterday with the undersecretary of state, Nicholas Burns, Mr. Mofaz said, “Technical developments for the Iranian nuclear program will not follow a linear progression,” a clear warning that America’s official estimate that Iran will not attain an atomic bomb for at least five years could be dangerously optimistic.

Via NRO.


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