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In joint press conference with Kadima´s Mofaz, Netanyahu says broad
gov´t will focus on replacing Tal Law, changing government system and
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Israel needs
political stability and that a new agreement with Kadima will pave
the way for the broadest national unity government in Israel´s
Speaking at a joint press conference with Kadima chairman Shaul
Mofaz, Netanyahu said: "I was ready to go to elections. But when I
learned that a very broad government can be established, the broadest
in Israel´s history I realized that stability can be restored. That
is why I have decided to form a broad national unity government."
His statements were briefly disrupted by MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz)
who yelled "This is pure corruption" and "You have no shame. You have
broken the shame barrier." He was escorted out of the room by
Outlining the unity government´s goals, Netanyahu pointed to four
objectives: "To bring a just and egalitarian alternative to the Tal
Law; a responsible budget that will address the State of Israel´s
needs; to change the government system; and to try to promote a
responsible peace process where security is maintained. "
He said that a broad national unity government is good for security,
the economy, the society and the Israeli people. Netanyahu ended his
statements with the words: "Shaul, welcome aboard."
Addressing the press conference, Mofaz explained his decision to join
Netanyahu´s government. "There are moments in a nation´s life that it
is called to make serious decisions. I believe that the time has come
to change world orders. This is a historic move of national unity
which is important for the State´s future. A coalition of 94 MKs will
better handle the challenges."
He said that Kadima´s political power can assist the government to
achieve its goals. "It would have been irresponsible to say no," he
Mofaz also criticized former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni for not
joining Netanyahu´s government after the last elections. "Kadima was
not part of a unity government, that was a historic mistake which we
are correcting." He further added, "This is the right thing to do and
the right time."
He stressed the need to change the government system. "If we bring
about a new government system by the end of the year, we have done
enough for the State of Israel. The change will affect the State´s
entire way of life and decision making process. "
Asked to explain his relationship with Netanyahu, whom he had in the
past called a liar, Mofaz said: "We have put that behind us."
Mofaz and Netanyahu said that the elections will be held at the
original date of early November 2013.
Unity gov´t to replace Tal Law
One of the main clauses in the unity agreement signed overnight
Tuesday refers to IDF enlistment. The Likud and Kadima have agreed to
work towards legislating a law "that will regulate an equal and fair
division of the burden among the various sectors in Israeli
They have pledged to do this by July 31 in accordance with a High
Court of Justice ruling. The agreement stated that a team led by
Kadima will draft the bill.
Kadima also received assurances regarding a change in the government
system. "The parties pledge to work towards fundamentally changing
Israel´s government system and establishing a new system that will
enhance government stability, allow the prime minister to complete
his term, create ruling continuity, allow long-term planning and
protection of the public welfare," the agreement states. Moran Azulay
contributed to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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