Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sky News: Israel Considers Pre-Emptive Attack On Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the opening of the winter session of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, watched by President Shimon Peres, on October 31, 2011 in Jerusalem.Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu (L) is understood to be calling for military action against Iran
Sky News, 1:15pm UK, Wednesday November 02, 2011

Emma Hurd, Middle East correspondent

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, according to government sources.

The country’s defence minister Ehud Barak and the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralise Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

But a narrow majority of ministers currently oppose the move, which could trigger a wave of regional retaliation.

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.

Mr Lieberman responded to the reports of a push to gain cabinet approval by saying that “Iran poses the most dangerous threat to world order.”

But he said Israel’s military options should not be a matter for public discussion.

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