Created: Tuesday, 12 June 2012 10:39
Written by Bob Shepherd
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 227 June/July 2012
On 8 May Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made the surprise announcement that his Likud party had formed a coalition with Kadima, a centre-right breakaway from Likud, and that elections planned for September were cancelled. The new coalition has an overwhelming majority of 94 out of the 120 seats in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. Shaul Mofaz the leader of Kadima is now deputy prime minister to Netanyahu and part of the government’s Security Commission that oversees Israel’s military actions.
Mofaz and Kadima are portrayed in the mainstream media as being from the centre ground of Israeli politics and so are expected to have a moderating effect on Netanyahu, specifically in relation to possible military action against Iran. Mofaz has lined up with most of Israel’s military class in opposing any military action at the present time, against Netanyahu’s threats of an imminent military strike. The present head of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), Benny Gantz, also supports diplomacy over military action, declaring that he thinks Iran is ‘rational’ and is not constructing a nuclear weapon. Both the current and former heads of Mossad oppose military action, as does the former head of Shin Bet who argued that an attack on Iran would accelerate rather than prevent its development of nuclear weapons. In the end, the determining factor in any Israeli attack on Iran will be the position of the US, and at present deepening and extending economic sanctions on Iran is President Obama’s preferred political strategy.
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