Israel: Netanyahu, Barak favor attack on Iran's nukes, media

Maariv survey shows 40% in favor of attack on nuke plants

10 August, 16:05

(ANSAMed) - TEL AVIV, AUGUST 10 - Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are determined to attack Iran's nuclear infrastructure before the US presidential elections this fall, Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper wrote in a full-page article on Friday.

But other Israeli military and security leaders, including President Shimon Peres, are against a unilateral attack without an agreement from the US, according to Yedioth Ahronoth. Also on Friday, Haarezt daily quoted an anonymous Israeli official as saying that ''the sword now pointing at our throat is sharper than the one that threatened us on the eve of the Six-Day War.'' This was a reference to Israel's 1967 preventive attack against neighboring countries.

Israeli public opinion appears to support the hard-liners, with 40% of respondents saying they would favor an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, while 37% said they feared ''another Shoah'' if Iran were to acquire the atomic bomb, according to a survey published by Maariv newspaper on Friday. (ANSAMed).


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