Yacimovich: coalition deal ‘political evil’ (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/09/12)
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Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz is a shameless liar, Labor chairwoman
Shelly Yacimovich said on Tuesday, after being blindsided by the
formation of a national unity government.
Meanwhile, the 26 MKs outside the coalition considered challenging
Yacimovich for the position of head of the opposition.
Immediately after Mofaz and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s joint
press conference, Yacimovich, pale and visibly shaken, slammed the
two for perpetrating the “embodiment of political evil.”
“I watched the press conference – they were very decisive, very
manly. But did you believe one word that left their mouths? Was it
all empty of content? Is there no meaning to promises, to someone’s
word?” the Labor leader asked.
Yacimovich expressed disappointment over the “most ridiculous zigzag
in the history of Israel,” saying it will be written in history
books. “These old tricks are so comfortable to politicians with no
responsibility to their citizens.”
Youth around the country are convinced that politics are disgusting,
she recounted, but I always tell them that they are a tool of
democracy, and are only bad when people are opportunistic and people
forget the reason they are in the Knesset.
“What can I tell them now?” she asked.
Yacimovich called Kadima a “farce of a coalition” that “attached its
corpse” to Netanyahu, and expressed certainty that together, their
policies will be capitalist, cruel and increase social gaps.
She called out Mofaz’s hypocrisy for saying he will lead social
protests this summer, saying “there is no limit to the dissonance
between his words and reality.”
At the same time, Yacimovich expressed optimism that the public will
back Labor and support its socialdemocratic ideologies over
Netanyahu’s “extreme capitalist, 1980s Thatcherite” ideas, adding
that “the opposition is not Siberia,” and Labor will continue to
serve the nation.
“We are the only party that is an alternative to Netanyahu’s
government,” she said. “Everyone who is disgusted and thinks this is
not okay should join Labor.”
Later Tuesday, Yacimovich submitted her candidacy for opposition
leader and will be sworn in on Wednesday, unless she is challenged.
“This is a very varied opposition, with all sides of the political
spectrum, but I will do what I can. I know how to get along with
everyone and have passed laws with everyone,” she said.
Yet, other parties considered fighting Yacimovich’s leadership. If
the majority of opposition MKs support a different candidate, the
Labor chairwoman will lose the job.
Late Monday night, after the national unity deal was revealed,
several MKs from Arab parties spoke to MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz),
asking if Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On would consider leading the
Throughout Tuesday, UALTa’al, Balad and Hadash attempted to find a
consensus candidate, floating MK Dov Henin (Hadash) as a possibility,
since he is close with Yacimovich.
At press time, neither Gal- On nor the Arab parties could give a
final answer as to whether they will accept Yacimovich as opposition
Despite uncertainty about their leader, all the opposition parties
attacked the new national unity government.
“Mofaz has a Guinness World Record for the shortest term as
opposition leader in the history of all parliaments in the world,” MK
Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) quipped.
Henin called for the public to join him at a protest titled “we are
all the opposition,” in order to fight “spins and dirty tricks” by
Balad released a statement saying all Palestinians must unite and
fight the coalition’s attempt to weaken their national identity and
and humiliate them into loyalty to Zionism by making them do national
Horowitz called the national unity coalition “the mother of all
stinky political deals,” adding that Netanyahu lacks a conscience and
Mofaz was desperate.
According to MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), the new government
is “a theater of the absurd” and bad for Israel and settlements in
Judea and Samaria.
Yair Lapid, who was expected to get more than 10 seats in the next
Knesset as leader of Yesh Atid, sent an email to supporters saying he
understands their disappointment.
“It hurts to see how cynicism took over the entire political space
and no one pretends that they care,” Lapid wrote. “Without knowing
what they did, Mofaz and Netanyahu have turned us into the only
alternative in the political center.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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