Netanyahu Says Israel Ready to Strike Iran 'if Necessary'
[An Nahar] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his country is ready to strike Iran's nuclear sites "if necessary."
An Israeli TV network said Sunday that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in 2010 ordered the army to prepare an attack against Iranian nuclear installations, though the order was later rescinded.
According to private television Channel 2, the order was not implemented due to opposition from the army chief at the time, General Gabi Ashkenazi, and from then Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
At a meeting of top ministers, Netanyahu decided to order the elevation of the army's preparedness level to "P plus", a code meaning the armed forces must be ready to take action.
But Dagan opposed the move, Channel 2 reported, noting that a decision to launch a war against Iran could be taken only by the security cabinet comprising around 15 ministers.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-06