"Unless the sword is literally on your throat, you don't use it," Former IDF chief of staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told CNN regarding the military option in the face of the Iranian threat, in a rare interview published Tuesday night.
The interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour was conducted during The Jerusalem Post conference and marked the former IDF chief's first ever on-camera interview outside Israel.
Questioned over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak's request for a "P-plus” plan, reserved for an imminent state of war, Ashkenazi said that the security cabinet eventually decided not to go ahead with this measure.
"The question then was what was the correct time to consider the military option, and we made our recommendations to the cabinet, and my opinion was that we still had time," he told Amanpour. "I think the military option is the last resort," he said, stressing that all other options must be exhausted.