Lapid: New coalition as big as Ceausescu´s in Romania (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Latest Update: 05.09.12, 00:45)
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Rookie politician tells Rabbinical Assembly in Atlanta Bibi-Mofaz
unity deal offers his party chance to become sole representative
of ´moderate voting class´
"Kadima came back to be what it has actually always has been, which
is part of the Likud," Yair Lapid said Tuesday during an address to
the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement in Atlanta
following the unity agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz.
"They came back home and I want to use this opportunity to
congratulate them on this reunification," he said.
"The last person who had such a coalition was Nicolae Ceausescu in
Romania," the journalist-turned politician said to laughter.
"Not everything that happened in the last 24 hours is bad," Lapid
told the Rabbinical Assembly. “Kadima is returning to Likud and the
political map in Israel has now changed in a way that now allows my
party (Yesh Atid) to become the sole representation of Israel’s
moderate voting class.”
Lapid also referred to the issues of conversion and freedom of
prayer, strongly supporting Jewish women to pray at the Western
Wall. “Israel cannot be the only country in the Western World that
has no freedom of religion to choose. This is just blatantly wrong
and it must disappear,” he said. “I will do everything in my power to
ensure the equality of all religious movements in Israel.”
Earlier Tuesday, Lapid published a letter to supporters addressing
Mofaz´s decision to join a unity government.
"This is the chance of a lifetime. Without understanding what they
were doing, Mofaz and Netanyahu have made us the only alternative for
the sane center," he 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 05/09/12)
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