President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday that Iran has 3,000 working centrifuges for uranium enrichment—enough, experts say, to make a nuclear bomb within a year. But what worries Washington more, the Times of London reports, is whether Israel will launch a preemptive airstrike. US military sources say Tehran's announcement might constitute a tipping point for Israel, the region's only nuclear power.
Last month's Israeli airstrike on an alleged nuclear site in Syria raised concerns Israel might execute a similar operation on Iranian facilities. In response to Ahmadinejad's new claim, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak said, "Talks never did, and never will, stop rockets." Israel is widely acknowledged to possess nuclear weapons, although it does not officially confirm its nuclear status.