August 1, 2012
Addressing the disagreements between senior political and security officials regarding the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I’ve yet to reach a decision. The political echelon (makes the decisions), while the military echelon carries them out.”
Speaking to Channel 10 Tuesday evening, Netanyahu denied claims that the heads of Israel’s security establishment are opposed to a military strike in Iran.
“In the Israeli democracy, and in any other democracy, it is the political echelon that determines policy. The military echelon implements this policy. I’ve yet to reach a decision,” he said, while mentioning that the security establishment was against late prime minister Menachem Begin’s decision to attack the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981.
Netanyahu said the regime in Tehran was seeking nuclear capabilities in order to “annihilate us, and is not concealing its intention to use nuclear weapons. I believe they must be prevented from doing so – I won’t let it happen.”