“Real change and stability” in the Middle East is 10 to 15 years away, Lt. General (Res.) Shaul Mofaz said at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly on Tuesday.
Mofaz—chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense committees, and formerly the IDF Chief of Staff said that Iran's nuclear program was the ultimate limtus test for US President Barak Obama's foreign policy.
"We are approaching the point where there is a balance of terror in the Middle East..Iran's missile umbrella already covers most European capitals. Anyone who thinks he is safe is making a mistake."
"The Iranian nuclear issue is not just a Jewish problem, and leaders can no longer hide behind that excuse. It's time to for the nations of the world to stop talking and eradicate the problem posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions."
"It's time to deepen economic sanctions on Iran, to its intellectual institutions and its critical economic engines, Israeli military action is the last option - and worst - at the moment, but all options should remain on the table."
"The world must understand we cannot accept the reality of a nuclear Iran."
"Nuclear weapons in Iranian hands cannot be allowed, This is the task before the American government, which must do its duty. A nuclear Iran is not just a Jewish problem, but a a problem for the entire free world."
"The efficacy of the American response will be the ultimate litmus test of President Obama's foreign policy," Mofaz concluded.