Yesterday, during a speech at Tel Aviv University, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon came out in support of potential unilateral military action against Iran. Reversing his previous opposition to the prospect, he said, “On this matter, we have to behave as though we have nobody to look out for us but ourselves.” The Israeli government is now putting money behind the principle: The IDF has been allocated $2.89 billion for the preparation of a unilateral attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. Haaretz reports:
The IDF representatives said the army had received a clear directive from government officials from the political echelon – meaning Netanyahu and Ya’alon – to continue readying for a possible independent strike by Israel on the Iranian nuclear sites, regardless of the talks now happening between Iran and the West, the three MKs said. […]“My friends, I believe that letting Iran enrich uranium would open up the floodgates,” Netanyahu said at the AIPAC conference earlier this month. “That must not happen. And we will make sure it does not happen.”
Israel’s more aggressive posture is a direct result of Washington’s weak-handedness in the Middle East. Israeli leaders are losing faith in American assurances and preparing to take matters into their own hands. Combined with Ya’alon’s conversion to the pro-strike camp, this news is a definitive signpost that Tel Aviv is more than willing to go it alone.