Israeli Judge Winograd Warns Against Iran Attack

Strike "Risks Israel's Future"

High profile Israeli judge Eliyahu Winograd, who was responsible for the probe into Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon, expressed his opposition to plans in Israel’s ruling coalition to attack Iran.

Winograd termed comments from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak “completely irresponsible,” warning that the attack was a threat to Israel’s future.

The judge particularly faulted statements from officials trying to downplay the future Israeli death toll from a war (Barak put it at 500 killed, max), saying that there was no way to estimate that.

“Netanyahu is doing too much talking. What is that good for? You’re planning an operation? Sit down, shut up and plan it quietly. If you’re planning a strike – strike, but why talk about it? So that the Iranians can be better prepared? I don’t understand,” he added.

Author: Jason Ditz

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