Political paranoia hits a new level: Left-wing Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On claims the Likud-Yisrael Beytenu merger is meant for an attack on Iran.
“It’s clear that the Biberman union isn’t just stomping on democracy, but is also an agreement of war in Iran,” she declared. “The union aims to allow an attack.”
“The upcoming elections will determine whether the fate of the country is given over to a dangerous team of warmongers, or to parties that have committed to stop it,” she added.
Israel’s political parties have been in a panic since Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced last week they want to merge their parties.
The new union awaits approval of each party, and a secret Likud voter could torpedo the deal.
Meretz, similar to the disintegrating Kadima party, has attacked the Netanyahu government on virtually every issue.
The party has only three seats in the Knesset, and most polls show it will fare no better in the next election on January 22.
A proposed merger into a “Biberman” party has strengthened Labor and Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party. Their strength only serves to weaken Meretz.
The idea of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran has been dismissed by almost all observers since the “red-line standoff” between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Barack Obama last month, when the president refused to say at what point the United States might attack Iran.