Israel’s political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defense minister Ehud Barak said, Reuters reports.
In interviews to his biographers aired late on Friday by Israel’s Channel Two, Barak said he and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu had wanted military operations against Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Netanyahu’s spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Like Israel, the United States, had said military action was an option if diplomatic efforts failed to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. The Obama administration says a deal agreed with Tehran in July will prevent Iran getting the bomb. Read more here.