Israeli opposition leader Shaul Mofaz says he will not support any military “adventures” that will risk the ‘future of the Israeli regime.’
"Kadima will not embark on any operational adventures that will risk the future of our sons and daughters, and the future of Israel's citizens," Mofaz said in a news conference on Monday.
The remark comes as the Israeli regime has stepped up its war rhetoric against Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that Tel Aviv will “have to act” to prevent what he called a possible transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon.
Analysts believe Mofaz's opposition also increases the political risks for Netanyahu in his decision-making for a potential military aggression against Iran.
Netanyahu reportedly planned to gain Mofaz’s support for an attack on Iran by forming a coalition with Kadima.
Mofaz, however, had made it clear that he would not promise to support a decision to attack Iran and led his Kadima party out of the coalition last week.
This comes as recent opinion polls have also shown that most Israelis would oppose any unilateral strike against Iran.
In March, Mofaz accused Netanyahu of using the threat of a nuclear Iran “in order to divert attention from the country’s socioeconomic problems.”
“It is more than political spin. He wants to present himself as the defender of Israel,” he said.
Meanwhile, Former US Ambassador to Tel Aviv Thomas R. Pickering said in March that “the heads of the three Israeli intelligence services do not seem to be recommending any military attack.”
“It involves too many risks and complications and it is unlikely to achieve, in any serious and continuing way, the objective of stopping the Iranian (nuclear energy) program,” he added.
The US, Israel and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Based on the allegation, they have also repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike.
Tehran has time and again rejected the allegations and asserted its full entitlement to the nuclear rights of a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.