Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are standing united on a key issue: Iran must be attacked. Moreover, both have called for attacks on Iran this fall, a call which some officials within the Jewish state allegedly oppose.
Nahum Barnea and Shimon Shiffer, both of whom are senior commentators for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, say that Netanyahu and Barak are alone in these convictions: that “not a single state official or military official or even the president — supports an Israeli attack on Iran.”
Both Barnea and Shiffer said the offices of Netanyahu and Barak “were aware that an Israeli strike on Iran may embarrass U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration and strengthen…Mitt Romney.” To spare Obama such embarrassment, it appears at least two commentators at Yedioth Ahronoth want to turn a blind eye to Iran’s nuclear machinations.
For his part, Defense Minister Barak said that any official who disagrees with him and Netanyahu on this issue is “free to resign.”