Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has failed to persuade leader of Shas Party Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to support a possible military strike on Iran, a report says. Yosef has frequently expressed his opposition to any possible unilateral attack by Tel Aviv against Iranian nuclear facilities, the report by Channel 10 news said on Wednesday.
This comes a week after Netanyahu sent National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror to the rabbi’s home in Jerusalem, in an effort to show that any possible military action against Iran's nuclear facilities has the support of the religious figure.Tel Aviv has repeatedly threatened Iran with a military strike, saying that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Israelis have recently held several anti-war protests in Tel Aviv and a recent poll conducted on Jewish Israelis shows that 61 percent of those questioned oppose an Israeli strike, compared to 27 percent in favor. Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East. Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. YH/SS