Mofaz Demands Clarifications from Netanyahu on Iran

By Haaretz

Published August 20, 2012.

Israel’s opposition head Shaul Mofaz sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a letter on Monday 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 the defense minister, 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 asked Netanyahu for information regarding reserves and equipment in various sectors such as medicine, foreign currency, raw materials (including fuel for the civilian and security-related sectors), civil aviation, sea ports, evacuation of strategic facilities and management of Israel’s strategic inventories. Mofaz also asked for clarifications on the official U.S. position regarding an attack and the degree of understanding between Washington and Israel in terms of intelligence, operations, economy and the political arena.

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.

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