Israel’s military chief says he does not believe Iran will decide to produce a nuclear bomb.
Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz comments appear to contradict those of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s regularly warned about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Gantz described the Iranian leadership as “very rational” and said that in his opinion, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would be making a huge mistake if he decided to “go the extra mile.”
His comments were published on the same day Israeli leaders attended a memorial day ceremony for fallen soldiers and civilians killed in violence with their Arab neighbours.
Iran has regularly stated that its nuclear programme is being developed for peaceful purposes.
Israel has pushed the US to threaten military action against Tehran should economic sanctions fail.
Days ago, US President Barack Obama called for an extension of sanctions on Tehran.