The head of the Israeli military has said he does not think Iran will develop nuclear weapons.

Chief of Staff Lt Gen Benny Gantz made the statement in an interview with the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.

He said Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had not yet made the final decision whether to build a nuclear bomb.

...Gen Gantz says this pressure is beginning to bear fruit.

He added that Iran "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn't yet decided to go the extra mile".

And speaking of the supreme leader he continued: "I don't think he will want to go the extra mile. I think the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people."

But these views appear to put him at odds with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This certainly looks like a major setback for Netanyahu's fanatical militarism. It looks like only he and a few other politicians badly want this war. The US is out of it because it's war-weary; Iran is not making a great enemy because it's in the middle of a huge, internal struggle for power; and now the Israeli military is expressing a lack of interest in this enemy that leading Israeli politicians paint as the greatest threat that ever was and will be.

The chain of questions raised by the report: Will this relax the tension between the powers? If so, will gas prices go down? If so, will this help the US economy? If so, will this mean Obama is reelected?