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August 3, 2012 10:00 am

Report: Israel’s “Octet” Hasn’t Convened a Meeting in Nearly 10 Months

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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Photo: Ariel Harmoni/Israeli Defense Ministry.

The group of eight men who share the responsibility of voting for or against an Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities – known as the “Octet” – has not met since last October, according to a report in Israeli Newspaper Yediot Achronot.

“The Octet has not held a discussion on Iran for months – since October, as I recall,” Yediot quotes a source as saying.  “It’s possible the issue has come up in other discussions, but I would not say ‘serious discussions.'”

The eight decision makers are reportedly split on whether an Israeli strike is the correct decision, with the country’s prime minister and defense minister said to be in favor of military action.

Moshe Ya’alon, Benny Begin, Dan Meridor and Eli Yishai are reportedly on the other side.

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