Change of Heart

Israel Shelves Plans to Attack Iran

Israel may be ruling out the idea of a unilateral strike on Iran. At least that’s what The New York Times is reading into comments made by the country’s departing defense minister, Ehud Barak, in an interview with The Daily Beast. Barak said that the Pentagon has prepared detailed, sophisticated plans for an operation to set back Iran’s nuclear program, should the U.S. decide to attack, and hinted that, because of this, Israel would not go to war with Iran without the assistance of the United States. “I think there is a realization in Israel that it would be extremely difficult for Israel to operate alone,” analyst Herbert Krosney tells the Times, adding that Barak’s comments insinuate that the U.S. and Israel are working closely on a plan to deter Iran.