Barak: Government, not the media, calls shots on Iran attack (ISRAEL HAYOM) Gideon Allon 08/17/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak says that internal government
deliberations on Iran have been "open, attentive, and transparent" •
Knesset approves appointment of Avi Dichter as new homefront defense
minister by 41-26 margin.
Israel´s Cabinet, and not the media, will decide whether Israel takes
military action to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset on Thursday.
During a particularly stormy session called to approve the
appointment of Avi Dichter as homefront defense minister, Barak said
Israel is facing a complicated situation regarding Iran.
"There are dangers in the situation today," Barak said. "It´s not
simple. There is no lack of dangers, no lack of unpredictable results
in dealing with Iran today."
Barak emphasized, however, that it would be "incomparably" more
dangerous, complicated, and costly, both in terms of lives and
resources, to deal with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future. "I think
that these matters require cool, orderly thinking, that is not
necessarily in shades of black and white," Barak said.
He added that internal government deliberations on the Iran issue
have been "open, attentive, and transparent."
"There is no issue in the past generation, not on peace and not on
war, that has been dealt with in such depth," he said.
"The decision [on whether to strike Iran], if it is required, will be
made by the government, and not by a group of citizens or editorial
articles," Barak stated.
Dichter´s appointment was approved by 41-26.
Opposition leader MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) attacked Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech to the Knesset on
Thursday. "Dichter is a worthy and experienced person," Mofaz
said. "But, with this appointment, the prime minister is spearheading
a mistaken, corrupt and cynical process."
Addressing Netanyahu directly, Mofaz said "you are playing a
dangerous and irresponsible game with the future of the entire
nation. Not everything is politics, sir. Your survival does not
justify all means."
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