Iran is Hitler with Nu­clear Bomb, Says For­mer Shin Bet Head

Imag­in­ing Hitler with a nu­clear bomb is the best way to un­der­stand the Ira­nian threat, says for­mer Shin Bet head Avi Dichter.

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: Yona Sch­nitzer (TPS)

ran is a re­gional su­per­power. They see them­selves not as North Korea, but as the [2,500 year old] his­toric Per­sian king­dom. That is their model, that's what they want to be­come in our re­gion,” said for­mer Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency) head and Mem­ber of Knes­set Avi Dichter.

Speak­ing at the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Christian Me­dia Sum­mit in Jerusalem Mon­day evening, Dichter, cur­rent chair­man of Is­rael's For­eign Af­fairs and De­fense Com­mit­tee, ex­plained what he views as Is­rael's big­gest se­cu­rity chal­lenges with a gen­eral brief­ing about the unique chal­lenges fac­ing Is­rael in its war on ter­ror. He de­voted the bulk of his lec­ture to speak­ing about Iran and its nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“Over the last 15-20 years, ev­ery sin­gle de­vel­op­ment in the Ira­nian nu­clear project was re­vealed by the Western in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, and not once did Iran put on the ta­ble that their plan was to have nu­clear bombs”, Dichter said, ad­dress­ing the fact that Iran has never will­ingly shared in­for­ma­tion about its nu­clear plans, and that there is no rea­son to ex­pect them to do so mov­ing for­ward.

Dichter spoke of two cor­ri­dors in the Mid­dle East which com­prise Iran's re­gional strat­egy: the north­ern cor­ri­dor – which con­sists of Iraq, Le­banon and Syria – all three of which suf­fer from heavy Ira­nian in­volve­ment in each coun­try's in-fight­ing with the help of prox­ies such as Hezbol­lah; and the south­ern cor­ri­dor – con­sist­ing of Oman and Ye­men, where Ira­nian prox­ies are con­stantly bat­tling Saudi-backed forces for in­flu­ence.

Dichter also pointed at Ha­mas in Gaza as an Ira­nian proxy, de­spite the for­mer be­ing Sunni and the lat­ter Shi­ite.

‘Not Only an Is­raeli Prob­lem’

“If Iran suc­ceeds [in ob­tain­ing nu­clear war­heads], it will not only be an Is­raeli prob­lem – other coun­tries in the Mid­dle East un­der­stand that Iran is de­vel­op­ing long range mis­siles, that can carry nu­clear war­heads for a dis­tance of up to 2500 km. Ev­ery­one knows that is twice their dis­tance from Is­rael… Egypt un­der­stands they are tar­gets, and Saudi Ara­bia un­der­stands they are tar­gets, and they want to block Iran by all means.”

Dichter hy­poth­e­sized that should Iran ob­tain nu­clear weapons or other “dirty” bombs, they would give them to one of their prox­ies, such as Hezbol­lah or even Ha­mas, and that way avoid re­spon­si­bil­ity and blame for any po­ten­tial out­come.

“In Is­rael, we as­sess threats by two fac­tors – in­tent and ca­pa­bil­ity. Their in­ten­tions are very clear. They say pub­licly that they as­pire to wipe Is­rael out, once they get the ca­pa­bil­i­ties. That's a [se­ri­ous] threat.”

“Is­rael may be a re­gional su­per­power, but it is not a global su­per­power,” he con­tin­ued. “Iran should be taken on as a project by the global su­per­pow­ers, with Amer­ica lead­ing.”

To drive his point home, Dichter told the crowd to imag­ine Hitler with a nu­clear bomb dur­ing World War II. “That's the best way to un­der­stand Iran,” he de­clared.

“Iran is a re­gional su­per­power. They see them­selves not as North Korea, but as the [2,500 year old] his­toric Per­sian king­dom. That is their model, that’s what they want to be­come in our re­gion,” said for­mer Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency) head and Mem­ber of Knes­set Avi Dichter.

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