TV: Israel security heads halted Iran attack alert

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JERUSALEM — Israel’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, an Israeli news show claims in a report to be aired tonight.

A pre-broadcast news release from Channel 2’s Uvda (Fact) show did not say whether a final decision to attack was made.

However, it says the alert order quickly met opposition from then-military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, who warned that Israel’s enemies would notice the measure and that in itself might touch off a war.

The statement also said 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 approval from the Cabinet of ministers.

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