Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak today played down speculation that Israel intended to strike Iranian nuclear facilities.
“War is not a picnic. We want a picnic. We don't want a war,” Barak told Radio Israel. “Israel had not yet decided to embark on any operation,” he added [Reuters, 8 November].
Barak called Israeli media speculation that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to attack Iran “delusional.” But all options to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions should remain open, Barak added.