Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu planned airstrikes targeting Irans nuclear program, but called them off following a request from United States President Barack Obama, General (res.) Giora Eiland has reportedly revealed.
The Mida website quoted statements reportedly made by Eiland, the former head of the National Security Council, in a closed conference on defense.
According to Eiland, The Prime Minister thought that we had reached the point where a decision had to be made on Iran, and he planned an attack.
In principle, Israel does not need American authorization for military action, unless the Americans demand unequivocally that we refrain from an action, he continued.
That is what happened in this case, he said. Netanyahu presented his plan to American leaders, and was told that it was not acceptable to them. This led him to shelve the plan.
According to the article General Eiland was referring to a purported plan scheduled in September 2012. Since then the strategic reality has changed. No one more than the Israelis themselves recognize the dilemma they face. Unless Assad is overthrown and the Iranians are forced out of Syria, an Israeli attack on Iran is not feasible. Also even if Assad is removed, The United States would probably still oppose an Israeli attack since it would be very difficult to defend the Navy ships in the narrow Persian Gulf. Also Israel would remain somewhat vulnerable to ballistic missiles launched from Iran, but “Iron Dome” would be more effective against those long range missiles. They could not defend however from short range modern missiles launched from Syria or Lebanon. Very difficult time in the Mideast with no easy solutions. However while Iran may have won this round, the Israeli are intelligent, innovative and resilient. There will be more to come.