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Could Domestic Flak Shoot Down Netanyahu Over Iran?

Reuters
30th April 2012

He may be ready to brave Iranian air defenses, retaliatory missiles and Western diplomatic blowback in tackling Tehran's nuclear program, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will find it hard to fly past flak from his own senior staff.

Remarks by recently retired security chiefs and the current military commander questioning the views of Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Iran have opened a rare rift in a Jewish state that usually puts up a united front against regional enemies.

Yuval Diskin, who as former Shin Bet domestic intelligence chief was effectively in charge of vetting government officials, on Friday deemed Netanyahu and Barak "messianic" and unfit for war.

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