File - In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, the then director of Israel's Mossad spy agency Tamir Pardo, arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, Pool, File)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the order in 2011 for the military to prepare to attack Iran within 15 days, a former Mossad chief said in remarks released Thursday.Pardo's claim comes as archenemies Israel and Iran are fighting a shadow war in Syria, which briefly threatened to burst into full-blown conflagration this month after Israel bombed Iranian positions in Syria, killing Iranian fighters after an alleged Iranian rocket barrage was directed toward the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.Ex-prime minister Ehud Barak, who served as Netanyahu's defense minister in 2011, has previously claimed Netanyahu sought to bomb Iran in 2010 and 2011, but was opposed by senior Israeli officials.It wasn't clear from the preview what happened after Netanyahu's purported order but Israel never carried out a strike on Iran in 2011 .
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