Security Officials: Elections Won´t Affect Iran Policy (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/02/12)
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Senior security officials said Wednesday that early elections will
have no impact on Israel’s decision on whether to strike Iranian
Former IDF chiefs of staff, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Minister
of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon (Likud), issued statements on
Wednesday that the Jewish state’s policy toward Iran will be based
solely on strategic interests.
Israel – like the United States, its European allies, and Gulf Arab
states – believe Iran is conducting nuclear work with military
The international media made a good deal of fuss following reports
earlier in the week that Israel was headed for elections, going so
far as to allege the dissolution of the current government “cast
additional uncertainty” on Israel’s military plans.
However, Israeli poll numbers – relatively steady for several weeks –
show Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party surging far ahead of its closest
competitors to 31 seats.
As such, Netanyahu is the odds on favorite to form the next coalition
after elections are held. Netanyahu’s key coalition partners – most
notably Yisrael Bateinu – have remained relatively stable in the
While the government is being dissolved over a dispute pertaining to
the Tal Law – which exempts Hareidi men from military service –
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Bateinu) has openly
stated he hopes to join the next government.
Barak’s Independence party – currently polling at three seats – would
also be a likely candidate for Netanyahu’s next government. As such,
all of the key officials driving Israel’s policy on Iran are likely
to return to government.
Barak´s comments were published on his Facebook page, while Yaalon
spoke to the Hebrew-language Maariv daily. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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