Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place
Public criticism of Peres comes after president says Israel can't act alone on Iran, must trust Obama; PM aides: Luckily Begin ignored Peres in 1981 when he bombed the Iraqi reactor.
By Barak Ravid | Aug.16, 2012 | 8:51 PM | 10

President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed publicly yesterday over a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, with Netanyahu aides saying that Peres "forgot the role of a president in the State of Israel."

Earlier yesterday, the president said in an interview with Channel 2 television that Israel should not act alone against Iran's nuclear program, and that he trusted U.S. President Barack Obama to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.

"It's clear to us that we can't do it alone," Peres said. "We can only delay [Iran's progress]. Thus it's clear to us that we need to go together with America. There are questions of cooperation and of timetables, but as severe as the danger is, at least this time we're not alone." Israel should rely on itself, but that doesn't mean we should give up our friends," Peres added.

The president's position contradicts the line taken by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who say Israel must be prepared to act alone if necessary.