Only the government will decide on Iran strike, defense minister declares
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday dismissed statements in opposition to an attack on Iran by figures outside the government, saying the government could and would make the decision on its own.
“The prime minister, defense minister and foreign minister have the authority. There is an octet of ministers, there’s a cabinet, and the decision will be made as necessary by the government of Israel. That’s how it is and how it needs to be — not a group of civilians or even newspaper editorials,” Barak said at the swearing-in ceremony for Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter at the Knesset.
“That’s not to say there isn’t disagreement, but the issue is being debated,” Barak said.