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Wurmser: Chances of Israeli Attack on Iran Very High Despite New Government
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from right) and members of his new government meet with EU foreign commissioner Catherine Ashton to discuss their concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Pictured on the right is Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. On the left is Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz. To his left is Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom - GPO via Getty Images)
May 11, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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In a new LIGNET interview, David Wurmser dismisses media speculation that a broad new Israeli parliamentary coalition will force Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the center and reduce the chances of an Israeli attack on Iran, which Wurmser believes remain high. Wurmser instead sees major opposition politicians uniting behind Netanyahu and his Iran policies.

Prime Minister Netanyahu surprised the Israeli political establishment on May 6 when he called for dissolving the Knesset and holding elections in September, a month earlier than scheduled. Two days later, he cancelled his call for September elections after the opposition party, Kadima, agreed to join his governing coalition. The new government will hold 94 of 120 seats in the Knesset, one of the largest majorities in Israeli history. 

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