Netanyahu and Barak keep harping on the threat of bombing Iran, while everybody with a bit of brain can see that this is essentially a terrible idea, "the stupidest thing I have ever heard" it was called by M. Dagan of Mossad fame. A bombing will merely cause some delay in Iran's plans, but will have terrible long term consequences for Israel because of certain retaliation and hatred that will last many years. Too bad that bombing Iran is the only idea Netanyahu has of improving Israel's position, and stopping Iran is what he ran on in the 2009 elections. Barak is too smart for such stupidity, and I suspect this is his way of keeping Netanyahu interested in him as Defense Minister and, more importantly for him, as a Likud member to be. At worst, he uses the bombing threat as a bluff (which obviously does not deter Iran). Unfortunately, and dangerously, Netanyahu is dead serious in his threat, and Dagan knows it or else he would NOT have spoken out. It was disclosed recently by Wikileaks that Netanyahu was willing to join the Olmert government in 2007 (after Olmert destroyed himself in Lebanon) provided that Olmert will bomb Iran. I shudder to think of the consequences.
26-year-old sustains serious injuries in Tel Aviv stabbing (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's defense chiefs failed in deterring Iran