The Straits Times
Published on Aug 31, 2012

Merkel urges Israel not to strike Iran: Report


JERUSALEM (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to order a military strike against Iranian nuclear sites, the newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday.

The article, citing an Israeli official on condition of anonymity, said Merkel had called Netanyahu 10 days ago amid a wave of reports of an imminent Israeli attack, to give a "clear message as to her opposition" to such action.

Ms Merkel urged Mr Netanyahu to "give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to work", and warned of the consequences of such an attack for security in the Middle East.

A spokesman for Mr Netanyahu refused to comment on the report or to confirm the conversation had taken place.