[...] Former senior members of Israel’s defense establishment have weighed in recently on both sides of the debate.
“We don’t have permission, and we don’t need permission from the U.S.,” says Ephraim Sneh, who served as deputy minister of defense under former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. But Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, says Israel wouldn’t jeopardize its relationship with the U.S. by launching a military strike against Iran without an American nod.
Late last month, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak seemed to acknowledge publicly the opposing viewpoints inside the administration.
“Only we have the exclusive responsibility when it comes to the fate and security of Israel, and only we can determine the matters pertaining to the fate of Israel and the Jewish people,” Barak said. “But we must never lose sight of how important these relations are, or the ability to act in harmony and unity with the United States.” [...]
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