After years of lying and postering about its nuclear program being peaceful, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted to an Egyptian newspaper this week that "we are a nuclear state".http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2013/February/Irans-Ahmadinejad-We-Are-a-Nuclear-State/
Ahmadinejad prefaced his claim by saying Iran had no plans to attack Israel, a statement one could hardly give any merit based on the diatribe against Israel spoken by the Iranian president within the last year.
According to an interview by the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN), retired Israeli Maj-Gen. Amos Yadlin from the Institute of National Security Studies said Iran has all it needs to build a nuclear bomb.
Yadlin estimated it wouild take Iran from four to six months to enrich enough military grade uranium to build a nuclear device. This process could be quicker according to information by Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu told Israeli lawmakers earlier this week that "Iran has equipped itself with new centrifuges that shorten the enrichment time". This means Iran's quest to become a nuclear power could be a matter of weeks than months.
Based on the boasting of Ahmadinejad to the Egyptian newspaper, the words may not be far from the truth.
What may be the only resolution to halt Iran from becoming a member to a distinct nuclear club appears only to be a military option, something the United States is reluctant to support. With the icy relations that remains between Israel and the Obama Administration, Israel has already made it clear it is willing to act alone without advising America of a potential military solution.
In a terse meeting between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama before the November elections in 2012, the only thing Israel promised was to take no military action before the election. That ship has long sailed.
Yadlin also conveyed that Iran may be merely waiting for an international crisis to deflect attention away from a nuclear test.
Earlier this week Israel's Netanyahu sternly said that stopping Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon will be the "supreme mission" of the new coalition government.