Likud to highlight Mofaz´s Likud past (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 04/03/12)
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The star of the Likud´s anti-Mofaz campaign will be none other
than... Shaul Mofaz, Likud MKs said Monday.
During Mofaz´s maiden speech to the Knesset as opposition leader
Monday, Likud MK Danny Danon distributed copies of a letter Mofaz
sent to Likud members when he was running for leadership of the party
on December 5, 2005. He quit the party and defected to Kadima less
than a week later.
In the letter, Mofaz promised to safeguard Jewish settlements and
criticized then-prime minister Ariel Sharon for leaving Likud to form
Kadima with Labor MKs Shimon Peres, Dalia Itzik and Haim Ramon.
"The Likud under my leadership will present our nationalist outlook:
Maintaining Israel´s national and strategic assets, seeing diplomatic
negotiations as a tool to achieve security for the citizens, and
conditioning advancement in the negotiations on stopping terror," he
wrote. "I am completely obligated to the development and settlement
of Judea and Samaria, Jordan Valley, Golan Heights, and of course,
keeping Jerusalem united and whole as Israel´s eternal capital."
Mofaz wrote that he was offered to maintain the Defense portfolio he
held at the time if he would jump ship to Kadima but he decided to
reject the offer and remain in Likud.
"I won´t leave my home," he wrote. "I intend to remain in Likud under
any circumstance and fight for its path."
Mofaz, who has tried to present himself lately as a socioeconomic
leader, wrote in the letter that the Likud had the best socioeconomic
policies and that he intended to advance the socioeconomic ideology
of the Likud´s former prime minister Menachem Begin.
Danon tried to read the letter aloud to Mofaz as the new Kadima
leader addressed the MKs. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin stopped Danon
and told him that if he wanted to read the letter, he could call a
"Mofaz lacks an identity, values, and a political spine," Danon
said. "This letter reveals Mofaz´s true face." (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/03/12)
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