Netanyahu: I Have Yet to Make a Decision Regarding an Attack on Iran

The prime minister gives interviews to Israeli TV channels, saying reports of the top military brass opposing an Israeli strike on Iran is 'irresponsible reporting.'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 that he has yet to make a decision on whether or not to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Netanyahu said that "Israel cannot count on anyone else" when it comes to the Iranian threat.

During the interview, the prime minister was asked to comment on reports that Israel's entire military top brass, headed by IDF chief Benny Gantz, oppose a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran. Netanyahu said that it was "irresponsible reporting."

Netanyahu noted that when Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin made the decision to attack the nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, then Mossad chief Yitzhak Hofi and director of Military Intelligence Directoriate Yehoshua Saguy also opposed the attack.

"In Israel, the political ranks make the decisions and the operational ranks carry them out," said Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister's Office initiated the interviews and summoned representatives of the four major TV channels to hold the interview on Tuesday afternoon. Each interviewer received 15 minutes with the prime minister, and Netanyahu's media advisers conditioned the interview on it being broadcast in full and without editing.