Friday, May 11, 2012
The Likud-Kadima unity government might neutralize opposition to Israeli strike
"Top officials in the Obama administration are worried that Israel’s recent deal to form a national unity government between the Likud and Kadima parties raises the prospect of an Israeli strike on Iran prior to U.S. presidential elections in November.
According to some reports, anonymous U.S. officials have expressed concern that Kadima was offered a place in the coalition to shore up support for a preemptive attack on Iran and that Kadima head Shaul Mofaz would support such an attack.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had been pushing to hold elections a year early in order to possibly attack Iran at a point when Obama would be paralyzed in his own reelection campaign. Netanyahu dropped that effort and instead formed the unity government. Now, U.S. officials are concerned, he has got the political backing to do it instead......."