Mofaz: It´s Me or Netanyahu (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/30/12)
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Opposition leader MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) said on Sunday that the
real battle in the next election will be between him and Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Channel 2 News reported.
Speaking at a Kadima conference in Petah Tikva, Mofaz said, “All the
other parties, even Yisrael Beytenu and Labor, do not have candidates
for prime minister.”
Mofaz, who said he believed that the earliest possible date for
elections is October 16, added, “We will rally all the forces in
Kadima. The Israeli public will have to decide between an alternative
government under my leadership and the option that Netanyahu will be
prime minister for another four years without providing an answer to
Israel´s urgent problems.”
Mofaz’s comments come as speculation continues that Netanyahu will
call an election soon. One of the speculations is that the coalition
may fall because of disagreements on the Tal Law that regulated the
exemption from service for hareidi yeshiva students.
On Saturday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he will
present a universal national service law to the Knesset to replace
the Tal Law.
Lieberman threatened that his party would leave the coalition over
the matter of the Tal Law. "We are a responsible party," he said. "We
did everything to preserve the coalition. The best date for elections
is the original date, but we are not hostages."
In what may have been a response to Lieberman’s threat, Netanyahu
later said that he will not hesitate to hold elections if the
coalition partners try to blackmail him.
On Friday it was reported that Labor chairwoman Shelly Yechimovich
plans, in a few weeks, to submit a bill calling to dissolve the
Yechimovich, who recently indicated she intends to run for the
position of prime minister, said that “after three years of
Netanyahu´s government, Israel has reached unprecedented gaps between
poverty and wealth.”
Yechimovich added that the current government has brought
about “galloping erosion in the situation of the middle class”
and “an international record for employment of contract workers.”
Political officials had said that Yechimovich’s proposal was
coordinated in advance with none other than Netanyahu himself, but
she has denied any coordination with Netanyahu on the issue.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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