400 Israelis Petition PIlots To Spurn Iran Attack > Pay attention !!! there is a huge push by Netanyahu to drag the US into this >

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    Aug 16, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    By Haaretz

    Published August 16, 2012

    More than 400 Israelis, including Tel Aviv University law professors Menachem Mautner and Chaim Gans, have recently signed an online petition calling on Israel Defense Forces pilots to refuse to obey if ordered to bomb Iran.

    The petition calls a decision to launch a strike against Iran a “highly mistaken gamble” that would only delay Iran’s nuclear program, without stopping it, and would come “at an exorbitant price.”

    You have the option of saying “No,” the petition addressed to the pilots reads. “Certainly, this is not a simple option. It involves profound professional and moral dilemmas, and carries the risk of losing a career which is important to you and also the possibility of being prosecuted. Nevertheless, it is your duty to consider most carefully and seriously the possibility that by saying the little word ‘No,’ you will be rendering an important and vital service to the State of Israel and all who live here. This service would be infinitely more important than blind obedience to this particular order.”

    The petition cautioned that in the event an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities caused the dispersal of radioactive materials among civilian populations “Israel as a country, as well as those carrying out the bombing might be charged with war crimes.”

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    Aug 17, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    Israel still considering military action: Barak

    Alakhbar English

    Published Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Israel is still weighing a course of action against Iran's nuclear program, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday, confirming a US assessment that no decision on a military attack had been made.

    "There is a forum of nine (ministers), there is a (security) cabinet, and a decision, when it is required, will be taken by the Israeli government," Barak said in parliament in response to accusations by opposition lawmakers that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were rushing towards war with Tehran.

    A flurry of comments by Israeli officials and Israeli media reports over the past week put financial markets on edge by appearing to suggest a strike could be launched before the US presidential election in November.

    At a news conference in Washington on Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said it was important that military action be the "last resort", adding that there was still time for sanctions and diplomatic pressure to work.

    "I don't believe they've made a decision as to whether or not they will go in and attack Iran at this time," Panetta said.

    At a parliamentary session that ratified the appointment of a new civil defense minister, Barak said the Iranian issue was being discussed repeatedly and in depth in Israeli government forums.

    "This doesn't mean there aren't differences. The issue is complicated, but the issue is being deliberated," he said, referring to reports of high level divisions on whether or not to launch an attack on Iran's remote nuclear sites.

    Opposition to a war is mounting in Israel, with over 400 Israeli academics and personalities signing an online petition urging air force pilots to refuse orders to bomb Iran.

    Tehran rejects Israeli and Western allegations that its nuclear program is aimed at producing atomic weapons.

    It has threatened wide-ranging reprisals if attacked, retaliation that could increase the likelihood the United States would be drawn into the conflict.

    Israel is the sole nuclear power in the region, and has avoided international scrutiny due to its privileged status as a US ally.