Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth is reporting that Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn’t have a majority in his eight-member “security cabinet” to launch an attack on Iran. The body, also referred to as the “inner cabinet,” needs to approve the attack, but is reportedly tied 4-4 on the issue. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz are in favor of war. Interior Minister Eli Yishai and ministers Moshe “Bugi” Ya’alon, Dan Meridor and Benny Begin are against.
Last week, opposition leader and former deputy PM Shaul Mofaz left the governing coalition reportedly for opposing Netanyahu’s plan to launch the attack. Yedioth report indicates that the prime minister does not have the high-level support of the remaining cabinet members either, at least for the time being. Some of the opponents mentioned above might not be opposed to an attack on Iran in principle, but might prefer to wait longer for the sanctions to take effect.