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Op-Ed: Israeli Government changes could mean imminent war

By Eliot Elwar     May 12, 2012 in Politics
By making the opposition part of the ruling coalition, Mr. Netanyahu has actually created the broadest-based government in recent Israeli history. This unity government preempts political issues during war.
The cabinet now includes three former Ministers of Defense for the nation, which some observers have seen as the creation of a “war cabinet” to deal with the threat posed to Israel by Iran. What impact this will have on the already tense situation in the Middle East remains to be seen.
According to Israel Today Magazine, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced recently the cancellation of early elections in Israel and he formed a unity government with the opposition Kadima Party. This move took the entire nation and the global community by surprise. The agreement requires the Kadima Party to back government policies until October 2013, while Netanyahu supports Kadima's request to replace Israel's Tal Law, which permitted Orthodox Jewish men to indefinitely defer military service. Many Israelis have been protesting against the Tal Law because it allows a large segment of their population to avoid national military service, while a Mideast war appears imminent. This agreement benefits Netanyahu significantly by giving him extraordinary stability for the next year and six months. The unity deal was more about Iran rather than anything else. When Israel strikes Iran's nuclear facilities, it will be led by a unified government during crisis time.
According to Israel National News, several protests were held against the newly formed unity government, which brought the Kadima party headed by Shaul Mofaz into PM Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition government. Demonstrations were throughout Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. In Tel Aviv, the protesters said “all the people are opposition.” The event was attended by social activists and labor groups. The Israeli anti-war anger was directed at Mofaz because of his political inconsistencies.
According to the Telegraph-UK, the Israeli leadership warned that any Hizbullah retaliation for any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities could cause Israel to respond ferociously in Lebanon and it will take decades to rebuild the nation. Israel had taken too cautious an approach in the 2006 conflict with Hizbullah, causing too many Israeli soldiers’ deaths. The Israeli Defense Force will not make the same mistake again during the next conflict. However, Hizbullah has acquired a 50,000 rocket stockpile of greater sophistication and advanced ranges than it had employed during the 2006 conflict and the rockets are capable of striking Tel Aviv, from 113 kilometers away, according to Israeli intelligence analysis.
Analysis
The cancellation of early elections means Israel is getting ready politically for a Mideast war. Rather than having new elections Israel’s leadership has formed a unity government. The Israeli government is now behind Netanyahu. This means they are more unified and prepared for war against Iran and other Mideast adversaries. Rather than a Mideast conflict beginning after the new elections, it could begin before, during, or shortly following the summer season. All the signs are now indicating that the war is very near. When this war commences, the fuse will be ignited for Mideast Armageddon, which will severely impact the Western economy.
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