Monday, 5 November 2012

Israel aborted 2010 war plan against Iran out of fear: Report

Via Press TV
A new report reveals that a planned Israeli strike against Iran in 2010 was thwarted due to Tel Aviv’s qualms about its own military capabilities as well as top-echelon internal opposition against the measure.

According to a Sunday report by prominent investigative journalist Ilana Dayan on an Israeli news channel, at a 2010 meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak and a small circle of top ministers, the premier asked the Israeli military to prepare for an imminent strike on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, Ynetnews reports.

The report which was a promotional preview for an hour-long documentary on a decade of Israel’s decision-making process with regard to Iran is scheduled to be broadcast on Israeli TV’s Channel 2 on Monday night.

During the meeting Netanyahu called on former Chairman of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Gabi Ashkenazi to “set the systems for P-plus,” meaning an operation will start soon, the report said.

“Eventually, at the moment of truth, the answer that was given was that, in fact, the ability did not exist,” Barak said in the clip shown in the preview report.
Ashkenazi along with Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad, who stepped down after the meeting, slammed Netanyahu’s order as an attempt aimed at “stealing a war,” and argued that such a decision required the confirmation of all the Israeli ministers, not a small group of officials.
Ashkenazi had reportedly declared that adopting a military measure against Iran would be a “strategic mistake.”

Dayan, who made the documentary, said the Israeli censors prevented her from mentioning the exact date of the 2010 meeting.

Tel Aviv has repeatedly threatened Iran with a military strike, saying that Tehran is seeking to produce a nuclear bomb, a claim Iran has vehemently rejected.