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2005-01-12-Ze'evi—Iran A-Bomb 

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Iran may achieve A-bomb production 
capacity in 6 months, Ze'evi warns
,  Jan. 12, 2005

Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze'evi, director of Israeli military intelligence, told an audience at the University of Haifa today (Tuesday, Jan. 12) that in about six months Iran will have the capability of producing atomic bombs, but "they have no capability at present" 

The university's information service reported that Ze'evi warned that if Iran's program to enrich uranium is not stopped that Europe as well as Israel would face the same threat. He predicted that unless restrained, Iran will have the bomb as early as 2007 and no later than 2010.

Ze'evi said the Teheran government also poses other threats, particularly in what he described as stepped-up support for the Islamic Jihad inside the Palestinian Authority and Hizbollah inside Lebanon. Ze'evi said Iran sees itself as filling a vacuum.

Speaking to Haifa University's National Securities Center, Ze'evi said he anticipated that in his second term, U.S. President George W. Bush would be more engaged in Middle East peace making than he was in his first term— buoyed by the successful Jan. 9 election by which Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority.

Ze'evi predicted that Abbas would not depart radically from the policies of his predecessor Yasser Arafat, including insistence on the Palestinian "right of return" to homes their families left inside Israel. 

He said Abbas was not likely to attempt to collect weapons from terrorist groups by force. Instead, said Ze'evi, Abbas will attempt to promote Palestinian unity through persuasion and negotiation                                                                  —Donald H. Harrison