Last Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2012 14:53 pm (KSA) 11:53 am (GMT)

Israel’s information on Iran ‘troubling’ but not ‘scary’: official

Israel is constantly monitoring chemical weapons caches in Iran’s ally Syria.  (Reuters)
Israel is constantly monitoring chemical weapons caches in Iran’s ally Syria. (Reuters)

A senior Israeli security cabinet member said that the information his country has on Iran’s nuclear progress is troubling but “not scary,” following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which ended abruptly, a local newspaper said on Thursday.

The Israeli official who spoke under the condition of anonymity told Ynet News that “It’s not scary. The Iranians are relentlessly pursuing nuclear activities and they’re not slowing down.

“They are holding their own vis-à-vis the international pressure, but on the other hand, they’re not running wild,” he added.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu abruptly ended a meeting of Israel’s security cabinet, saying someone in the forum betrayed the national trust by leaking details of its top-secret discussions on Iran.

“The security of the state and of its citizens depends on the ability to have confidential and in-depth discussions in the security cabinet ... someone severely damaged the trust that Israel’s citizens put in this forum,” Netanyahu told the group, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

He mentioned no names or whether he had ordered an investigation into the leak.

“I have a responsibility toward the citizens of Israel and the security of the state, and therefore I am breaking up this meeting,” Netanyahu said.

During the meeting the ministers were also briefed on the occurrences in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and the rest of the Middle East, Ynet News added.

As defense establishment officials claim that President Bashar Assad’s regime in Damascus is on the verge of collapse, the intelligence officials say that Israel is constantly monitoring chemical weapons caches in Iran’s ally Syria, adding that any attempt to smuggle chemical weapons to another ally that of the Islamic republic such as Hezbollah may lead to an Israeli operation.

Israeli intelligence information indicates that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is enhancing the Shiite group’s psychological warfare efforts against the Jewish state’s public.

In his speeches, Nasrallah spoke of more than one target his group would attack in the event of a conflict with Israel.

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