Chairman Shaul Mofaz of the Kadima party said, Tuesday, that there was no connection between Kadima's entering and leaving the Likud-led coalition and tensions over Iran's nuclear development program. At a Monday news conference where he attacked the Likud and Kadima Knesset members who were reportedly headed for his former party, Mofaz was conceded to have hinted about Israeli military action against Iran.
Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, the former chief of staff and defense minister said the coalition moves were tied to legislation for an equal burden of national service. Regarding an exodus, led by former member of Knesset Tzachi Hanegbi, Mofaz said, "What we had, here, was manipulation of the inner sanctum of Israeli security. I won't say any more than that, but we all know Hanegbi's position."
Hanegbi said, in June, "I can only hope that, if all the optimistic scenarios one after another are unsuccessful, the State of Israel will take its fate into its own hands.”