[Wednesday, March 19, 2014] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, ordered the army to be ready for a potential strike on Iran this year.Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that the attack would target what was described as “Iran’s nuclear facilities”, and that the strike would cost Israel more than 10 Billion Israeli Shekels ($2.8 Billion).

Haaretz said the budget carries the same amount allocated last year for a possible war on Iran.

Israeli military officials stated that senior commanders of the Israeli military received a clear message from Ya’alon regarding readiness for a possible unilateral Israeli strike against Iran, regardless of the outcome of international talks with Iran concerning its nuclear program.

Speaking at the Tel Aviv University, Ya’alon said the military option against Iran is still valid.