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									JERUSALEM -- Israel's departing intelligence chief said he believes Iran
will not be able to build a nuclear weapon before 2015 at the earliest,
Israeli news media reported Friday, in a revised and surprisingly upbeat
assessment of Tehran's nuclear capabilities. The new assessment could
reduce international fears of a confrontation over Iran's nuclear
program, at least temporarily. Israel has warned that it might launch
airstrikes on Iran's nuclear enrichment sites, and many fear that
Tehran's retaliation could set off a regional war. The assessment, which
pushed back other Israeli estimates by a year or more, was based on the
obstacles Iran has faced, including technical difficulties and covert
action against its nuclear program by intelligence agencies, the Israeli
news reports said. Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is
for peaceful purposes, but Israeli, American and European officials
believe it is intended to produce nuclear weapons. Last year, the United
Nations, the United States and the European Union approved a tough new
round of economic sanctions on Iran after diplomatic efforts to contain
Iran's nuclear program failed. Two of Israel's major newspapers, Yediot
Aharonot and Maariv, gave prominent coverage to the retirement of the
intelligence chief, Meir Dagan, in their Friday editions, highlighting
his achievements on the Iranian front after eight years as director of
Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. Iran's nuclear program is believed
to have suffered numerous setbacks recently, but any Israeli role in
those problems is not publicly known. One of Iran's top nuclear
scientists was killed and another wounded in late November when
assailants on motorcycles attached bombs to the sides of their cars in
Tehran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Western governments and
Israel of being behind the attacks. Part of the Iranian nuclear program
was said to have been corrupted by the Stuxnet computer worm, a damaging
computer program believed to have been created by a foreign government.
The United States also has a covert program to undermine Iran's nuclear
program. Israeli predictions for Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb,
which Israel considers an existential threat, have gradually lengthened
in recent years. In the early 2000s, Israeli intelligence branches spoke
of Iran's making a bomb before the end of the decade. As recently as
2009, Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, said he thought Iran could
do it by 2011. Last month, Moshe Yaalon, Israel's minister of strategic
affairs, said he believed Iran was at least three years away from a
nuclear bomb. About a year ago, Mr. Dagan told a parliamentary committee
that Iran would not have the ability to fire a nuclear missile until
2014, Yediot Aharonot reported. He is said to have based his latest
estimate on an assumption that no further preventive actions are taken.
Top American military officials said last April that Iran could produce
bomb-grade fuel for at least one nuclear weapon within a year, but would
most likely need two to five years to manufacture a workable atomic bomb

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