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Hotovely: Coalition Deal Gives Kadima Zero Power (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/08/12) Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155588#.T6lGuOiO2So
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MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) waded into the fray over Tuesday´s surprise coalition deal saying it would only serve to strengthen the Likud.
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The deal "brings Kadima into the coalition with zero political power while maximizing the power of the Likud," Hotovely said, noting Kadima was only given the chair of a handful of Knesset committees in the deal.
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"We now have a good opportunity to hone several key positions of the right wing," she added.
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Hotovely also indicated that nationalist ministers and lawmakers intend to pursue a legislative override of a Supreme Court ruling that five homes in Beit El´s Ulpana neighborhood must be destroyed.
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"We have to produce a law not only to legalize the Ulpana neighborhood, but all of those places where there is a problem," she said.
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She also praised the coalition deal as a means to fufill a major tenet of Religious Zionism by replacing the Tal Law.
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"Military service is the cornerstone of religious Zionism," Hotovely said. "We believe that service in the army is a divine commandment, not just a necessary duty of the state."
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Hotovely also dismissed concerns that bringing Shaul Mofaz into the Cabinet posed a threat to the Likud´s belief in Greater Israel, despite his having said he would give 100% of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority.
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"I do not think there is a citizen in Israel who believes Mofaz," she said. "We must remember that this government has never made any formal political concessions in this regard.
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"Yes, there was the construction freeze, but we must remember that this Prime Minister opposes unilateral withdrawal and we do not see a danger to our communities in Judea and Samaria.
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"I have no doubt that Kadima will find its end, one way or another, despite the deal it made today," she added. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/08/12)
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