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Israeli army chief of staff: Iran isn’t building a nuclear bomb and is rational

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz’s comments would appear to undercut the argument that the Israeli prime minister has been making for a preemptive attack on Iran. He also said that 2012 is not necessarily the year when Israel must act. “This is a critical year, but not necessarily ‘go, no-go.’" He also said that, “I think ...

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Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz’s comments would appear to undercut the argument that the Israeli prime minister has been making for a preemptive attack on Iran. He also said that 2012 is not necessarily the year when Israel must act. “This is a critical year, but not necessarily 'go, no-go.'"

He also said that, “I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people.”

I think this is good news.

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz’s comments would appear to undercut the argument that the Israeli prime minister has been making for a preemptive attack on Iran. He also said that 2012 is not necessarily the year when Israel must act. “This is a critical year, but not necessarily ‘go, no-go.’"

He also said that, “I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people.”

I think this is good news.

The guy on the right in the photo looks pretty tough. I wonder what he thinks?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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