It’s widely reported that there are divisions between Israel’s political leadership and its defence and intelligence establishment over the possibility of having Israel knock out Iran’s nuclear program in a unilateral military move, seeking no approval from anyone, just as Israel knocked out Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981.
Considering the havoc a non-nuclear Saddam caused 10 years later, it’s easy to imagine the nightmare a nuclear Saddam would have been. Israel’s attack certainly achieved what it was designed to achieve.
The buzz on the Rialto has long been that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak are promoting the unilateral-attack option, while many cabinet colleagues, top spooks and military brass are content to just have it on the table. Lately, the split has been depicted in sharper terms. “The extent of Netanyahu’s and Barak’s isolation is little understood,” wrote J. J. Goldberg on The Daily Beast website…
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