Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in the Knesset for an attack on Iran, according to sources close to Israel.
Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak and the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralize Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
But a narrow majority of ministers currently oppose the move, which could trigger a wave of regional retaliation.
Both China and Russia have said they will not tolerate a pre-emptive attack on Iran.
The debate over possible Israeli military action has reached fever pitch in recent days with newspaper leader columns discussing the benefits and dangers of hitting Iran.
Israel has long made it clear that it will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons that could threaten the Jewish State.
Israel’s former defence minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer told Haraatez newspaper that he feared a “horror scenario” if Israel attacked Iran.
Washington is also strongly opposed to Israel taking unilateral action against Iran.