Barak hints the US would join Israel in strike on Iran
“We share the challenge though our timetables are not the same,” the defense minister says at a pre-Rosh Hashana political event, following visit by vice chairman of US Joint Chiefs, which he said dealt especially with Iran. PHOTO: ALON BASON/DEFENSE MINISTRY
Defense Minister Ehud Barak appeared to hint on Thursday night that he believed the United States would join Israel in a strike on Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Speaking at a pre-Rosh Hashana toast for activists of his Independence Party at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, Barak noted the meeting that he had earlier in the day with Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and said they dealt with all the developments in the region, but especially Iran.
“The State of Israel will make its decision about its future and its security alone, but the United States is our most important partner,” Barak said at the toast.
“[America’s] cooperation, intelligence-sharing and military support for Israel is extraordinary in its depth and its comprehensiveness, and I’m convinced that it will continue to be that way in every future test,” he said.