Mofaz gets Kadima soldiers working (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 04/18/12)
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Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz began his new job in earnest on Tuesday
when he convened his faction for a five-hour meeting participants
described as the most serious in the nearly six and a half years the
party has existed.
Mofaz announced that the party would hold an ideological convention
on May 30. He made each Kadima MK in charge of one issue and said
they had to write their contribution to the party platform by a week
before the convention.
For instance, Meir Sheetrit will focus on the state budget, Rachel
Adatto on health, Shai Hermesh on agriculture, Yohanan Plesner on
drafting yeshiva students and Ronnie Bar-On will be in charge of
composing the party’s platform on changing the electoral system.
A new academic committee of professors who will advise the party
offered the assistance. MKs were asked to work out of the party’s
headquarters in Petah Tikva when they are not at the Knesset.
The only MK who was not abroad who did not attend the meeting was
former leader Tzipi Livni, who has not yet announced her political
“Tzipi never distributed assignments like this,” a Kadima MK
said. “There is finally an atmosphere of serious work. Everyone knows
what their job is and we finally feel like we matter. We will be
judged by the results of our work. That is the way it is supposed to
But other MKs complained that Mofaz was treating his MKs like the
soldiers who served under him when he was in the IDF. Unlike the last
Kadima faction meeting, MKs were not asked to leave their cellphones
at the door but the meeting was described by some as more serious and
businesslike than they felt comfortable with.
There were also complaints about a new legislative committee, headed
by Bar-On, which will be in charge of ensuring that all the bills the
party submitted fit the Kadima ideology. The committee was formed in
response to complaints that under Livni there was an atmosphere
of “every man for himself” when it came to submitting legislation.
MKs complained that Bar-On would act as a “legislative censor” and
that he was a poor choice for the job because he is not on good terms
with some MKs.
But the MKs were happy that Mofaz dissolved a party disciplinary
committee Livni formed under the leadership of MK Shlomo Molla.
Mofaz also said he would cut the party’s staff by half. Party
spokesman Shmuelik Dahan is expected to be one of the MKs who will
not keep his job. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/18/12)
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