Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to launch an attack to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and he wants to do so before the presidential election in November.
He believes President Barack Obama would have no choice but to back the Israeli decision in the weeks before he has to face the nation at the polls, according to a report in the Times of Israel.
“From the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting closer,” the newspaper reported influential reporter Alon Ben-David as saying.
Ben-David said Netanyahu would not wait for a meeting with Obama at next month’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to decide on a strike on Iran.
“In any case, I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack,” he said.
Ben-David is military reporter for Israel’s Channel 10 News and has been given extensive access to the country’s air force in its preparation for a potential attack on Tehran, said the Times.
The paper said President Shimon Peres, top generals, the intelligence community, opposition leader Saul Mofaz, “and of course the Americans” were all opposed to an attack on Iran.
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