Then comes a revealing statement. "The information in question comes from European, U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies ..." These are not exactly disinterested parties, nor are they unbiased on the issue, particularly Israel. Actually, the IAEA's report contained nothing new, only concern. Put a different way, the IAEA doesn't know either.
Noting that the official U.S. position is that Iran is building a nuclear bomb, resulting in U.N. sanctions and urging more stringent sanctions, Gibbs' comment begs a question. If Iran is incapable of enriching uranium to 20% commercial use, how can it possibly enrich uranium to 90%, or weapons grade?
So,the White House press secretary and the ISIS seem to agree. Iran's enrichment capabilities are not nearly as daunting as many are led to believe. Was Gibbs speaking on his own, giving his private opinions? That's not the way it works. White House press secretaries are told what to present to the press and their personal opinions are immaterial and unknown to the press and the public.
Tel Aviv is the main financial center of Israel. Its destruction via an Iranian nuclear device would dismantle Israeli society and economy. Picture a nuclear bomb descending upon New York, making 9/11 peanuts by comparison, and one can visualize the fears that Israelis have. On the other hand, due to the diminutive nature of Israel, she is quite vulnerable. The vast majority of her citizens live in her ten largest cities. In retaliation for Israel's attack on nuclear sites, Iran may unleash her conventional missiles and ground attack aircraft on Israeli cities. Israel would be a target-rich environment, and cities can be devastated by conventional means; ask the elders of Berlin and Tokyo.