Mofaz: Ease tax burden on gas, water, power (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF, GIL HOFFMAN 04/02/12)
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New opposition leader Shaul Mofaz on Monday called on the government
to cancel the excise tax on water and to lower taxes on gasoline and
Speaking at a special Knesset session where he assumed the title of
opposition leader, Mofaz said that lowering and canceling those
taxes "will have a direct impact on the public´s ability to deal with
the cost of living."
Mofaz also addressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s handling of
the Iranian nuclear issue, accusing the government of "talking a lot
but doing little."
The more senior politicians in the Knesset, he said, remember very
well the strike on Iraq´s nuclear reactor in 1981. "There would have
never been a public discussion" before ordering that operation, Mofaz
Those using Israel´s security cynically to their benefit should stop,
he accused, saying the current government is using public discussions
of national security issues to prevent discussion on social issues.
Speaking earlier at a Kadima faction meeting, Mofaz said he will seek
control of the Knesset Economics Committee.
Kadima needs control of the committee, he said, in order "to deal
with economic issues [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu has been
unable to handle."
Under his leadership, Mofaz declared, Kadima will present an
alternative budget to Netanyahu´s. By doing so, he said the party
will help advance the socioeconomic protest movement.
The new Kadima chairman also dispelled speculation that he would
consider joining the Netanyahu government. "Everything we do is to
replace the Netanyahu government," he emphasized, "We are the
alternative to the disconnected government."
Kadima under his leadership, he explained, "will be a statesmanlike
opposition." The party will support the prime minister when it agrees
with him but will oppose him in "everything he does wrong." (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/02/12)
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