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Israeli leadership divided on Iran deal

Israel’s top security and intelligence officials can’t agree on whether Israel is better off with or without an Iran nuclear deal.
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Israel’s top defense and security brass is engaged in a tense dispute over the handling of Iran’s nuclear program.

The drama is reminiscent of the deep disagreement among Israel’s leadership 10 years ago, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak unsuccessfully sought to convince the security cabinet to approve a strike on Iran’s military nuclear infrastructure. A decade on, history is repeating itself. Israel’s military capabilities for such an attack have since degraded as Iran’s program has progressed and expanded, but the Israel Defense Forces is feverishly building up is capabilities with generous funding.

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