Former IDF chief: Israel must prepare for possible attack on Iran

Thursday, January 26, 2012
By Paul Martin

Gabi Ashkenazi says Israel needs to do all it can to operate under the radar against Tehran, but stresses that military option must be on the table.

By Barak Ravid
Haaretz and DPA
January 26, 2012

Former IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi said Thursday that Israel must operate under the radar against Iran, but it should also prepare for a possible strike against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities.

During a lecture at the Institute for National Security Studies, Ashkenazi stressed that Israel’s strategy on Iran must be a combination of several approaches.

“Israel must do all it can under the radar and combine that with paralyzing sanctions, but at the same time keep a reliable military option on the table with the willingness to use it if necessary,” Ashkenazi said.
“When the moment comes I don’t know if we won’t be alone, and for this reason Israel must also rely on itself,” he said.

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