Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz demanded on Sunday that Prime Minister Netanyahu meet with him urgently to present him with all the details regarding his “intention to lead Israel to war.”
In a letter sent to Benjamin Netanyahu, with copies sent to the defense minister, the chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the attorney general, Mofaz demanded that he be presented with detailed attack plans and be briefed on the positions of defense establishment heads, up-to-date risk assessments, home front preparedness and the official US position on an Israeli strike on Iran.
Mofaz asked that the mandatory monthly meeting between the prime minister and the opposition leader be held immediately and that the protocols of the meeting be sent out to the members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Subcommittee for Intelligence, Secret Services, Captives and Missing soldiers.
Among the details that Mofaz asked to hear about were emergency medical preparedness, foreign currency reserves, fuel reserves, civil aviation implications, ports preparedness and strategic installations evacuation plans.
The opposition head also wanted to hear about the intelligence, operational, diplomatic and financial understandings between Israel and the US ahead of an Israeli strike.
Mofaz suggested Netanyahu had a motive for widening the rift with the US and asked him what he planned to do in face of the existing distrust between the two administrations.
Mofaz said both he and Netanyahu were warned by US officials of “dramatic implications” if Israeli actions interfered with internal US politics ahead of the November elections.
“In your actions you are endangering Israel’s sovereignty, its independence and its social and financial survival,” read the letter.
Kadima’s chairman has repeatedly spoken out against Israel attacking Iran without US support in recent weeks. In an interview to Channel 2 News on Friday he said that Israel could not stop Iran’s nuclear drive, and at best could set it back only a few months to a year. He also accused Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak of leading Israel toward a potentially “disastrous” war with a strike on Iran, and said their decision-making was flawed and over-hasty.
He stressed that he had been sitting at the cabinet table just a few weeks ago, and therefore knew what he was talking about.
Coalition chairman MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) said it was regrettable that Mofaz chose to turn a matter of national security into a political wedge and noted that the prime minister regularly briefed opposition members.