Haaretz reporters Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff write about the political manuveuring within Israel over a potential attack on Iran. They reveal that Meir Dagan, the former Mossad chief, proclaims that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon till 2014-15 at the earliest, and that in the meantime it hasn’t even definitively decided to make one.
They add that the senior ministerial committee that must approve such an attack is evenly split down the middle with Bibi, Barak, and Lieberman and one other in favor and four others opposed. All the current military-intelligence chiefs oppose an attack, but as they are new to their positions, they may not yet pack enough clout to stand in the way.
Harel and Issacharoff write about Bibi’s view of the matter:
From Netanyahu’s perspective, whether or not his voters are aware of it, saving the Jewish people from a second Holocaust is the mission for which he was elected.
All of this accords with many other accounts written by other Israeli journalists over the past few weeks. These are times that try men’s (and women’s) souls. H/t to Eyal Clyne.