Yair Lapid: Unity gov´t ´chance of a lifetime´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.08.12, 20:12)
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Rookie politician tells supporters Bibi-Mofaz unity deal left his
Yesh Atid party as ´only representative of sane middle class´
Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, published a letter to
supporters on Tuesday addressing the decision of Kadima Chairman
Shaul Mofaz to join a unity government.
"This is the chance of a lifetime. Without understanding what they
were doing, Mofaz and (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu have made
us the only alternative for the sane center," the journalist-turned-
politician wrote in the letter, which was published following
Netanyahu and Mofaz´s joint press conference.
"I know you are disappointed with the past day´s developments because
as citizens it pains you to see how cynicism has taken over the
entire political sphere and how no one is even pretending to care.
You are also disappointed because we could already taste it. We
already launched our (election) campaign," Lapid wrote.
"I felt the same way for about two hours, and then I realized this
was the opportunity of a lifetime. Kadima has gone back to being what
it has always been – a part of Likud. Labor and Meretz are on the
Left. In one day we have become the only representatives of the sane
middle class," the rookie politician told his supporters.
"Twenty-eight mandates are now up for grabs in the center of the
political map. They could be ours. You can also add all those who are
infuriated by the old and immoral politics we have witnessed (today)."
During the press conference, Mofaz explained Kadima´s decision to
join the coalition, "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. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/08/12)
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