Netanyahu, Peres don’t see eye to eye on Iran strike
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Netanyahu, Peres don’t see eye to eye on Iran strike

Jerusalem : Israel | Aug 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM PDT
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To attack or not to attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities has become a crucial question for Israeli prime minister and president. Now, it is clear that both have different points of view over the issue. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister have been lobbying for a full-scale military strike against nuclear facilities of Iran, as the country is left with no other option. On the other hand, President Shimon Peres stated that Israel cannot do it alone. The president is of the view that Israel should exercise restraint against Iran and rely on diplomatic means to get the issue resolved.

Shimon Peres said in an interview with Channel2 television that Israel should not act alone against Iran’s nuclear facilities as it could be dangerous for the peace and security of the region. He, however, suggested officials to trust United States President Barack Obama because he has promised Israel that his country will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It may be pertinent to mention here that the Obama administration is also not in favor of a military strike against nuclear facilities of Iran. The administration wants to use the military option as a last resort, as it believes the matter could be resolved through diplomatic means.

In an interview, the Israeli president also admitted limitations of the country, saying that Israel cannot eliminate nuclear installations of Iran on its own. He, however, confessed that Israel has a difference over timetable and level of cooperation with the United States, but it did not mean that Israel should give up its longtime friends. The president said he strongly believes in words of the US president that he would never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

The president’s statements are in stark contrast with the position of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak which they have adopted in the public in the last couple of weeks. The prime minister has asked the officials to get ready even for an alone attack against Iran, as he believes that time is rapidly running out. The prime minister and his officials believe that the US is not taking their concerns about Iran seriously, while Iran has a field day to go ahead with its controversial nuclear program. Shortly after the interview of Shimon Peres, close aides of Netanyahu sharply criticized the president for his interview and even said that he forgot role of the president in Israel under the constitution.

Netanyahu and his aides are under immense pressure as they do plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, but are not getting even an iota of support for the action. The public opinion on military action against Iran also stands divided and Israeli media also does not appear ready to buy the idea of Netanyahu and his cabinet's members.

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Israel's President Shimon Peres (Image: Reuters/Christinne Muschi)
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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