TV: Israel security heads halted Iran attack alert
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli TV news program says the country's prime minister and defense minister ordered the military to go on alert to prepare to attack Iran's nuclear program two years ago, but backed off following opposition from top security officials.
Uvda didn't say whether a final decision to attack was made.
The show said in a statement that then-military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned that Israel's enemies would notice the alert and that in itself might touch off a war.
Uvda says Meir Dagan, then heading the Mossad spy agency, accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak of acting illegally by not seeking formal Cabinet approval.
Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev said the government wouldn't comment until the full show airs Monday. An excerpt was broadcast Sunday night.
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