Ha'aretz reported Monday morning that Israel's opposition head, retired General and former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a letter today demanding an urgent meeting on the Iranian issue. "I ask that this meeting be convened without delay, and address your intention to lead Israel to war," Mofaz wrote. According to law, the prime minister must brief the opposition head on a monthly basis.
Mofaz attached a classified document, copies of which were also sent to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and the chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. According to Army Radio, the attached document included a number of questions concerning Israel's preparedness for a war with Iran and relations with the U.S.
Mofaz accused Netanyahu and his top ministers of "crossing red lines and neglecting the public discourse" on the most intimate security-related issues," saying this conduct "has become customary for you and your government." Whatever the motives are for not publicly discussing these issues, Mofaz added, they do not serve Israel's interests.
The Kadima chairman added that an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would only achieve limited results, alongside "loss of life, grave damage to the home front and deep erosion of Israel's political situation—such action is immoral and operationally illogical under the circumstances."
Mofaz also criticized Netanyahu's response to Israeli President Shimon Peres' televised objections to an attack. "The unrestrained attack you led against the President over the weekend points to a general loss of senses and control," he wrote. "It seems that you have lost self-control and control over the group of your anonymous advisers," he concluded, adding that the degree of hysteria projected by the prime minister reflects "a grave picture illustrated by your true intentions at this time."
But what leading Israelis cannot say, even though many know it, is that the source of the problem is Barack Obama. Remove him, and the problem is gone.