Israeli min in US hints autonomy for any attack against Iran

Israel's perspective on Iran's nuclear program differs from that of U.S., and the two may part ways on what action to take, Israeli Defense Minister Barak said.

Israeli min in US hints autonomy for any attack against Iran

Israel's perspective on Iran's nuclear program differs from that of the United States, and the two may part ways on what action to take, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Friday.

Washington's clout over its Middle East ally is under scrutiny after Israel's veiled threats to attack Iran.

The United States this week said it did not want to hurt the Iranian people with "crippling" sanctions against Iran's energy sector, measures Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as the only viable diplomatic solution.

"There is of course a certain difference in perspective and a difference in judgment and a difference in the internal clock, a difference in capabilities," Barak told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think-tank, when asked about Israeli-U.S. discussions about Iran.

"I don't think that there is a need to coordinate in this regard. There should be understanding on the exchange of views, but we do not need to coordinate everything," said Barak, who was in Washington for strategic talks.

Barak, a centrist in Netanyahu's right-leaning coalition government, reiterated Israel's allegation that an Iranian bomb would destabilize the region by sparking an arms race.

Israel bombed Iraq's atomic reactor in 1981 and launched a similar strike against Syria in 2007. But many analysts believe it lacks the means to deliver lasting damage to Iranian nuclear facilities which are numerous, distant and well-defended.

Yet Barak hinted at Israel's willingness to go it alone, saying: "We felt very proud that we never asked the Americans to come and fight for us. We basically ... to paraphrase Churchill, we said, 'Give us the tools and we will do the job.'"

Reuters

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