Not only the United States is concerned over a possible IDF attack against Iran. In Israel, many high-ranking officers join in this concern, current officers and formers members of the General Staff alike.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shachak is among those opposing a military strike. Speaking with the British Independent, the former commander expressed concerns over such a scenario, stating he feels the security establishment is not adequately prepared for the day after such an attack. He feels Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hopes to benefit from the public wrath that will likely follow a foreign attack against the country.
The former commander is viewed as one who maintains close ties with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and he is actually a close colleague of former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Meir Dagan, a former director of the Mossad Intelligence Agency. Both Dagan and Ashkenazi have spoken out against a military assault against Iran under current conditions.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)