Israel's Peres Against Any Solo Iran Attack, Trusts Obama
By Jeffrey Heller/Reuters
“This doesn’t mean there aren’t differences. The issue is complicated, but the issue is being deliberated,” he added.
Israeli officials have told Reuters that the prime minister’s cabinet was split on the issue, while the top military leadership was believed to be opposed to any mission that did not have full U.S. support.
“Over the past several months, a wide-ranging and unbridled public relations campaign has been conducted in Israel. Its only aim has been to prepare the ground for premature operational adventures,” said opposition leader Shaul Mofaz, who pulled his Kadima party out of the ruling coalition in July.
Iran rejects Israeli and Western allegations that its nuclear program is aimed at producing atomic weapons, and has threatened wide-ranging reprisals if attacked - retaliation that could draw the United States into the conflict.
(Additional reporting by Maayen Lubell; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Alison Williams)