Barak: We must make Iran decision now (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 08.16.12, 15:39)
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Defense minister asserts that decision on military strike against
Islamic Republic must be made now; says ´In all of Israel´s history
there is no issue that has been dealt with as deeply as the issue of
Defense Minister Ehud Barak continued to address speculation of a
possible military attack against Iran on Thursday during the Knesset
plenum, and explained why a decision on Iran must be made now.
Barak said that dealing with a nuclear Iran would be incomparably
more dangerous and more expensive.
"Dealing with Iran is not risk-free but in fact there are outcomes
that we can´t predict." However, Barak asserted that the government
would be able to make the decision on the matter. "Any decision made,
will be decided upon by the government and not civilian groups or
editorials," he said.
Speaking at the swearing in of Avi Dichter as Israel´s new Home Front
Defense Minister, Barak said that "In all the wars and peacemaking
(efforts) in Israel´s history, there is no issue that has been dealt
with as deeply as the issue of Iran has."
Barak further said that "there are differences of opinion, but the
subject of Iran is being dealt with. Neither the First Lebanon War,
nor the Second Lebanon War or even the Oslo Accords were dealt with
in this manner."
Regarding the possible strike against Iran, Kadima chairman Shaul
Mofaz further said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is
blatantly interfering in the US election and is "risking our
children´s lives" for the sake of political survival.
Mofaz further criticized Netanyahu, claiming that the Israeli
government headed by the PM has not invested enough in protecting the
home front. "The new home front defense minister might have a fancy
title but he has no true authority or the means to deal with such
threats," he said.
"You can cast the legal responsibility on Dichter but the moral
responsibility is still on you," Mofaz added with regards to
"Netanyahu is trying to create a panic and scare us, and the truth is
that we are scared – scared of his lack of judgment, scared that he
is being led and not leading, but most of all, we´re scared that he
is executing a policy that is both dangerous and irresponsible,"
Mofaz said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 08/16/12)
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