NO, Israel DOESN'T need Obama's permission to attack Iran

The Israeli security establishment is divided over whether it needs Washington’s blessing if Israel decides to attack Iran, Israeli officials say, as the U.S. campaign for sanctions drags on and Tehran steadily develops greater nuclear capability.

Some senior Israeli officials say in interviews with the Wall Street Journal that they see signs Washington may be willing to live with a nuclear-armed Iran, an eventuality that Israel says it won’t accept.
Israel says it supports the U.S.-led push for new economic sanctions against Iran. But Israeli officials have increasingly voiced frustration over the slow pace of diplomatic efforts to get sanctions in place. Former senior members of Israel’s defense establishment have weighed in recently on both sides of the debate.

“We don’t have permission, and we don’t need permission from the U.S.,” says Ephraim Sneh, who served as deputy minister of defense under former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. But Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, says Israel wouldn’t jeopardize its relationship with the U.S. by launching a military strike against Iran without an American nod. (As long as America has a Muslim POTUS who hates Jews, there is no relationship)
Late last month, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak seemed to acknowledge publicly the opposing viewpoints inside the administration. “Only we have the exclusive responsibility when it comes to the fate and security of Israel, and only we can determine the matters pertaining to the fate of Israel and the Jewish people,” Barak said.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated Sunday the U.S. position that a military strike against Iran is a “last option.” (No, under Obama it is NOT an option)

A senior U.S. official said the U.S. has stated to Israel its opposition to unilateral Israeli action, but that there were still fears within the administration that Israel could strike Iran despite Washington’s objections.

Israel’s track record of coordinating such strikes with the U.S. is mixed. The country caught the U.S. by surprise with its attack on Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981. When Israel attacked a suspected Syrian nuclear facility in 2007, Washington was given advanced warning, according to U.S. officials at the time. WALL STREET JOURNAL

Israeli President Shimon Peres used his Remembrance Day address to deliver a message of warning to the Shiite theocracy in Iran, urging it not to underestimate Israel. “The strength of Israel comes from the power of its belief. And its greatness from the valor of its sons.

The 86-year-old Peres said that he remembers the first Independence Day in 1948, when Israel was attacked as soon as it declared statehood. “There are still those who try to annihilate us,” he said. “At their head is a dictatorial Iranian regime that strives to take over the Middle East, to paralyze it with threatening weapons, and to spread hatred of Israel in order to lull Arab world into complacence.

“We must not take the threats lightly. But they must not underestimate our abilities. The threat to the Jewish people is always an opening to the threat to the entire civilized world. To its well-being and its values. We will stand [before the threat] as we know, until the enlightened world wakes up to the danger it is exposed to – no less than we are.”

“We are a small nation. But we have merited sons who drew forth greatness from courage. We alone repulsed seven wars and we emerged stronger and more determined.” ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS