Growing pressure in Israeli cabinet to approve attack on Iran

Published November 2nd, 2011 - 07:20 GMT

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have been trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official was quoted as saying Wednesday by the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz newspaper said. According to the official, there is a "small advantage" in the cabinet for the opponents of such an attack.

Netanyahu and Barak recently persuaded hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.

The newspaper claims Israeli leaders have been arguing over a possible war with Iran. Senior ministers publicly hinted on Tuesday that Israeli warplanes could attack Iran.

Senior ministers and diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency's report, due to be released on November 8, will have a decisive effect on the decisions Israel makes. 

 


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