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Mofaz: Strike on Iran could be catastrophic

July 28, 2012 20:10

Opposition leader tells Channel 2 that strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would not be effective, likely begin war.

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz [file photo]

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz 370 (R). (photo credit:Reuters / Pool)

Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz warned Saturday that a preemptive unilateral Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities could have "catastrophic" consequences for Israel.

Speaking in a interview with Channel 2, Mofaz said that such an attack would not greatly hinder Iran's ability to create a nuclear weapon and it was very likely that such an attack would lead to war.

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Mofaz stated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's posing a nuclear Iran as an "existential threat" to Israel alone was "manipulative." The Kadima leader stated that the world had to be enlisted to continue to place sanctions on Iran.

The former defense minister said that a decision to strike Iran must only be made after both the professional echelon and the cabinet were consulted. He suggest that if Netanyahu's plan to split Kadima had succeeded and former Kadima minister Tazhi Hanegbi would have been awarded a high position in the government, Netanyahu and Barak would have had more backing to strike Iran unilaterally.

Mofaz slammed Netanyahu, blaming him for attempting to break up Kadima through "political bribery."

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