Israeli sources have suggested that the country’s Prime Minister might launch another military action in order to regain public confidence and defuse the “great pressure” he is under at home. Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting criticism over the continued captivity of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier being held in Gaza. This is in addition to the reports that Hezbollah is being rearmed and the strategic threat that the Lebanese group poses, it is alleged, to Israel’s security.
According to a military spokesperson speaking on Israeli army radio, an attack on Iran is no longer a viable option in the light of America’s apparent rejection of such a strike and the increasing influence inside Israel of those like President Shimon Peres who favour diplomatic efforts and sanctions against Tehran. As a result, it is claimed that Netanyahu’s choices for military action revolve around a military operation in Gaza to free Shalit or attacking Hezbollah centres in Lebanon. Israel, added the spokesperson, is already preparing its citizens for a strike against Hezbollah.