Kadima members set to vote for leader / In campaign´s final days, Livni and Mofaz argue against tribalism (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar 03/26/12)
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In the final days before the Kadima leadership primary, Tzipi Livni
and Shaul Mofaz are urging Israelis to refrain from the factionalism
that has plagued society in recent years.
In a speech before tomorrow´s vote, Mofaz spoke about the social
protest movement, drafting ultra-Orthodox youth into the army, and
changing the system of government. Livni spoke about Israel´s long-
term future. She said the social fabric was coming apart.
The two candidates were speaking before a meeting of the Masorti
Movement; they are also trying to convince Conservative Jews that
they are the right choice to lead the centrist party.
"Status quo isn´t a value," Livni said, referring to relations
between the country´s religious and secular communities. "Some things
that were valid when the state was created must be reopened for
"When one says unity, it usually means that everybody must agree on
an issue for a decision to be taken. But what it really means is that
small groups that have hijacked the public agenda have a right to
veto decisions by the Zionist majority. We only have a few more years
to reach such a decision. The word agreement has become a substitute
for impotency and a lack of will to make political decisions."
Livni said the lack of a genuine debate was apparent in the
compromise on the Migron outpost that the High Court of Justice
"I think it´s immoral to take these people, who unfortunately must be
uprooted, and plant them on an adjacent hill where they might again
be uprooted as a result of a political decision," she said.
"Instead of saying to them, as unpleasant as it may be, ´come back
home to Israel,´ such a debate doesn´t exist. We need a leadership
that can have a real debate. Elections in Israel have become about
who gets which portfolio. There are no disagreements and ideology
anymore. This government must be replaced."
Mofaz, for his part, said Israel is a military superpower but weak
socially. "There are huge gaps here, as I´ve felt personally. The
flag we must raise is one of a new social order."
Mofaz, too, said Israel´s main problem was the clash between various
segments of the population. "We must return the country´s unity; we
should have one law for everyone. We´re composed of many tribes, and
every tribe follows the laws as it sees fit. That´s why we´re not a
Mofaz said he plans to have Kadima lead the social protests in the
coming months. "This summer the citizens will again take to the
streets, and they will have a lot to say about the exclusion of
women, equality, a fair carrying of the burden and rising prices," he
said. "I believe that the elections are not much more than a hundred
Mofaz added that the three or four largest parties could change the
system of government; he believes that toppling the government in the
Knesset should require more than the current 61 votes.
Labor on the offensive
The Labor Party, meanwhile, has launched a campaign it hopes will
lure disenchanted Kadima voters. Video clips on website feature
Kadima members who have left the party - the largest in the Knesset -
and joined Labor. The campaign´s slogan is "I, too, left Kadima for
The campaign is aimed at young people using the social media, but
also targets older people. Labor activists plan to take part in
events aimed at pensioners. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 03/26/12)
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