Benjamin Netanyahu ‘ordered Israel’s armed forces to prepare Iran strike in 2010’
Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his armed forces to prepare a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010, only to pull back from the brink of war, it was disclosed on Monday.
The Israeli prime minister and Ehud Barak, the defence minister, issued an order raising the military alert level to “P-Plus” – a rare command signalling imminent war, a documentary shown on Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
The alert order was opposed by Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi, the then chief of staff. “This is not something you do unless you’re certain you want to see it through,” Lt Gen Ashkenazi is said to have warned.
Meir Dagan, then head of the Mossad, Israel’s external intelligence agency, said the order was “illegal” and insisted that it be put to a vote in cabinet.
He said Mr Netanyahu and Mr Barak “simply tried to steal a decision to go to war”, according to Channel 2. The documentary describes Mr Barak’s furious response to the reactions of military chiefs.
He is reported to have said that “with such general staff we would not have won the Six Day War”, referring to Israel’s decisive victory in 1967.
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