Mofaz ahead of Kadima primary: I´ll be next PM (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag Published: 03.25.12, 20:14)
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MK says will introduce ´new social order´ after defeating Livni on
Tuesday and Netanyahu in next general elections
Israel´s citizens, not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will
determine when the next Knesset elections will be held, Knesset
Member Shaul Mofaz said Sunday evening.
Speaking at conference on religion and state organized by The
Pluralism Forum, Mofaz predicted that Israelis will once again take
to the streets this summer to protest against the "exclusion of women
from the public sphere, equality in carrying the burden and price
"They (citizens) will have something to say to Netanyahu ahead of the
next elections," said Mofaz, who is running for the chairmanship of
the Kadima party against its current leader Tzipi Livni. The party
primaries are scheduled to take place Tuesday.
Earlier Sunday, Netanyahu dismissed reports claiming he was planning
to move up the general elections, which are set for October 2013.
"Israel is a powerful country in every sense, but when it comes to
the civil-social sphere, we are a weak country," Mofaz told the
"In Israel there are large (socioeconomic) gaps, which I have
experienced (personally) – and there are civilians in the periphery,
as well as central and southern Israel, who have experienced these
gaps as well. I plan on doing something about it as the head of
Kadima and later as prime minister. I will introduce a new social
order in Israel," he declared.
Mofaz predicted that the next Knesset elections will be held a few
months after the Kadima primary. "I believe one of the main issues in
the next elections will be the relationship between religion and
state, as well as equality," he said, referring to the Tal Law.
Over the weekend MK Avi Dichter announced his withdrawal from the
Kadima chairmanship race and declared his support for Mofaz.
During Sunday´s conference, Mofaz also backed the calls to change
Israel´s political system. "In this system, the candidate who wins
(the elections) democratically does not form the government. The best
example of this is the recent elections. True, Kadima, headed by
Livni, made mistakes, but Netanyahu took advantage of Israel´s flawed
system of government. Most of the country´s citizens voted Kadima,"
he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 03/25/12)
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