Warmonger Israel says it will not wait for approval from US to hit Iran

Israel will not outsource Iran decision even to closest allies: Barak

Israel’s minister for military affairs, Ehud Barak (file photo)

Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:42PM GMT

Israel says it will not wait for approval from its “closest and most trusted allies” to attack Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, repeating Tel Aviv’s war threats against the Islamic Republic.

“When it comes to the very future of Israel, and its vital security interests, we cannot… and will not outsource the responsibility for making the decision. Not even to our closest and most trusted allies,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Israel’s Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak as saying on Wednesday.

“All options are on the table to prevent Iran from crossing the point of no return. We expect all those who say it to mean it; we mean it,” he told the British Israel Communications and Research Center in London.

In mid-August, Israeli President Shimon Peres had ruled out a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, saying Tel Aviv will need Washington’s help for a military operation against Tehran.

Barak’s renewal of his anti-Iran stance comes despite strong criticism from the Israeli public and as well as former and current military and intelligence officials who have frequently cautioned against such a move.

Tel Aviv has repeatedly threatened Iran with a military strike, saying that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.

Iranian officials have, however, vowed a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

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