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Netayahu Iran Policies Rejected By Increasing Numbers in Israel

Iranian-Israeli Middle East analyst Meir Javedanfar writes that Netanyahu's Iran policy is increasingly unpopular in Israel. As experts state that Iran poses no existential danger and that a pre-emptive Israeli strike this year would be “reckless and irresponsible,” Netanyahu’s rivals claim that he is using Iran to divert attention from domestic issues.
Israelis hold placards as they protest, against a possible attack of Iran's nuclear facilities, in Tel Aviv March 24, 2012. Hundreds of protesters marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening with signs calling against a possible war. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

After winning the Kadima primaries on March 27, Shaul Mofaz gave his first television interview as head of the party. He immediately started attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, especially his policies and statements regarding Iran.

“[Netanyahu] wants to create an image that he is the protector of Israel,” stated the Iranian-born Mofaz. He then went on to describe Netanyahu’s Iran policy as not just "spin," but worse. Mofaz warned against an early attack on Iran, which he said could be “disastrous” and bring “limited results” in terms of curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

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