Report: Israeli military prepared for strike on Iran in 2010

Dagan went a step further, accusing Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak of acting illegally because Netanyahu was not seeking the formal approval from the full security Cabinet, according to the report.

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Netanyahu and Barak “simply tried to steal a decision to go to war,” Dagan is quoted as saying.

In the excerpt, Barak also said that Ashkenazi told them the military wouldn’t be able to carry out the attack. Ashkenazi denied that, saying he had said it would be a strategic mistake, according to the AP.

Netanyahu’s spokesman said the government would not comment until the full report airs. He threatened a similar strike on Iran in 2012, which the Obama administration opposes.

Netanyahu had suggested an attack might occur on Iran’s nuclear program sometime this year, but he said at the United Nations that the “moment of truth” would not come until the spring or summer in 2013.

The Obama administration has tried to persuade the Israelis to wait on any military action, and President Obama has said there is still time for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear dispute.

Obama has said he prefers a diplomatic solution but his administration is not taking any options off the table, including military ones.

Israel, the United States and their allies suspect Iran is workingt develop nuclear weapons, while Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

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