Benny Gantz

Israeli military chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz says he believes Iran is not building a nuclear bomb, and Iran’s “very rational” leadership is not likely to move in that direction.

Reuters cites Haaretz as the source of the military chief’s statement, which is the exact opposite of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said regarding Iran. Netanyahu said last week that Iran "is feverishly working to develop atomic weapons…"

Gantz reportedly told Haaretz that Iran is reaching a point where it must decide whether to build a bomb, adding that: “It still hasn’t decided yet whether to go the extra mile.”

He said Iran’s Supreme Leader would be making a big mistake if he decided to turn Iran’s nuclear program toward building weapons.

The statement comes after the Iranian Supreme Leader has announced on several occasions that the storage and use of nuclear weapons is forbidden.