President Shimon Peres voiced his political views against an Israeli solo attack of Iran's nuclear project, provoking sharp rhetoric from the Prime minister's office staff. The President's position is representational and not a policy making office.
As per Reuters, Shimon Peres is quoted as saying: "Now, it's clear to us that we can't do it alone. We can delay (Iran's nuclear program). It's clear to us we have to proceed together with America. There are questions about coordination and timing, but as serious as the danger is, this time at least we are not alone."
According to the Jewish press also quoting from the interview President Peres granted Yonit Levi from the Israeli Channel 2, Peres also addressed the commitment of President Barack Obama to Israel in connection with an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. “This is an American interest, and he (President Obama) sees this interest,” clarified the president. “Obama is not saying this just to please us.”
The president added that “Israel must rely on herself, but that does not mean she should give up on friends. When I say that I have a right to self-defense, it does not mean that I must be angry with everyone, whatever for?”
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's aides have not remained silent`, objecting publicly to the President's intervention in policy matters( Haaretz news) . A Similar objection was made by cabinet minister of the Environment, Gilaad Erdan.
As support to the President's prerogative to voice his opinion, a number of public figures have expressed their opinion that Peres can speak his mind freely despite his symbolic status, including Minister of Defence Ehud Barak, who is perceived as holding views closer to Netanyahu's. Lastly, ex-politician, Labour minister and Peres aide Mr. Yossi Beilin said on Israel TV this morning that Netanyahu has been using President Peres' standing and status worldwide to "Show off" Netanyahu's comittment for peace. He cannot disapprove of Peres voicing his opinions worldwide, especially if he believes that "going solo" against Iran is wrong.