Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is keeping the threat of a nuclear Iran on the
front pages in order to divert attention from the country’s socioeconomic
problems, new Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz said in interviews
Mofaz said he did not trust Netanyahu to handle the Iranian
issue. He complained that the prime minister was irresponsibly dealing with the
matter too publicly when it should be handled behind the scenes.
more than political spin,” Mofaz told Channel 2. “He wants to present himself as
the defender of Israel. All the evaluators believe there is more time. Iran is
still not a nuclear country. The US is leading the effort against Iran, and it
has to stay that way.”
Mofaz warned that a premature military operation
would be “disastrous” and limited in its effectiveness. He said Israel must have
all its options open and that a military solution should be the last
“If God forbid, when all the arrows are out of the quiver and the
sword is on our necks and the US isn’t doing the deed, the last option is a
military operation,” he said, “I would stand by any prime minister and help him
with that. But this is not the time.”
The Likud responded that Mofaz, who
said the disengagement would help Israel’s security, should not offer advice on
the Iranian threat.
Regarding unsympathetic polls since his election,
Mofaz expressed confidence that they would gradually change.
published in the economic newspaper Globes and on Channel 10, Kadima received 15
seats. Yediot Aharonot
predicted only 12.