Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is backing Iran into a corner and making it feel like it has no choice but to launch a preemptive strike against Israel, Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid wrote Monday in a blog post.

"[Prime Minster] Binyamin Netanyahu is wrong," he wrote. "He is wrong and he has failed. He is wrong in that a responsible prime minister can not stand on the stage of the UN and announce that there will be a war come springtime."

Lapid also chastised the prime minister for believe that the US would side with Israel in case of a war with Iran. "Does he really believe that an American president - Republican or Democrat - who has just won the elections and is no longer fighting for the Jewish vote - will join a war that is force upon him [by Israel]?"

He added that Netanyahu's rhetoric is discouraging economic growth. "Is there a single Israeli company - as patriotic as any - that will open up a new factory these days in areas within the rocket ranges of Katyushas in the north or Kassams in the south?"

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