JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister and defence minister ordered the military to go on alert to prepare to attack Iran’s nuclear program two years ago, but backed off following opposition from top security officials, an Israeli news show claims in a report to be aired Monday night.
A pre-broadcast news release from Channel 2’s Uvda (Fact) show did not say whether a final decision to attack was made.
However, it says the alert order quickly met opposition from then-military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, who warned that Israel’s enemies would notice the measure and that in itself might touch off a war.
“This accordion produces music when you play it,” the statement quotes him as saying. “This is not something you do if you are not sure you want to end up with a military operation.”
The statement also said Meir Dagan, then heading the Mossad spy agency, accused…
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