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Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place

Public criticism of Peres comes after president says Israel can't act alone on Iran, must trust Obama; PM aides: Luckily Begin ignored Peres in 1981 when he bombed the Iraqi reactor.


by Barak Ravid, Haaretz

August 16, 2012 | 1:56 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport on Aug. 14. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport on Aug. 14. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly clashed over the possibility of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities on Thursday, with Netanyahu aides reportedly saying that Peres had “forgotten the role of a president in the State of Israel.”

Earlier Thursday, the president said in an interview to Channel 2 that Israel should not act alone against Iran’s nuclear program, and that he trusted U.S. President Barack Obama intends to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“It’s clear to us that we can’t do it alone. We can only delay [Iran’s progress]. Thus, it’s clear to us that we need to go together with America. There are questions of cooperation and of timetables, but as severe as the danger is, at least this time we’re not alone,” Peres said.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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