Kadima Founder Ramon Quits Over Unity Government (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/10/12)
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Kadima council chairman Haim Ramon informed party chairman Shaul
Mofaz on Wednesday that he is resigning and leaving the party.
Ramon´s resignation was due to his party’s joining a unity government
with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The last minute surprise move
came on Monday night as the Knesset was preparing to dissolve and
“As far as I’m concerned, Kadima no longer exists ideologically,”
said Ramon. “It was established as a centrist party and the current
vision is not the one I had for this party. Kadima has gone back to
being the Likud.”
Ramon, who served as an MK for the Labor party on and off between
1991 and 2005, was one of the founders of Kadima and the first MK
from Labor to join then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when he split
from the Likud and joined Kadima. He was later appointed Justice
Minister in former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government.
Ramon resigned from the Knesset in 2006 after he was indicted for
indecent assault. He was later convicted and sentenced to community
service, but the court did not find moral turpitude in his actions.
Ramon returned to the government in 2007 and resigned from the
Knesset in 2009, remaining only on the Kadima council.
Ramon’s resignation came several hours after the Knesset approved the
government´s request to appoint Mofaz a government minister and
deputy prime minister.
During the Knesset debate, opposition MKs Uri Ariel (National Union)
and Yitzhak Herzog (Labor) demanded that, as required by law, the
entire agreement that was signed between Netanyahu and Mofaz be
presented to the Knesset, including any secret clauses.
Their demands forced Netanyahu to admit that while there hadn’t been
any secret clauses in the agreement, he and Mofaz had reached some
agreements orally. These may include promises by Netanyahu to Mofaz
that Kadima members may be appointed as ministers in the future.
Ramon’s resignation may be another expression of the anger and
frustration directed by the public at Mofaz for joining the
coalition. On Tuesday evening, several protests were held against the
newly formed unity government, but most of the anger was directed at
Mofaz and not as much at Netanyahu.
A Channel 10 poll released Tuesday showed that the unity government
did not have much of an effect on Netanyahu’s popularity. Most
people – 43 percent – said they believe Netanyahu is best suited to
serve as Prime Minister. Mofaz, Netanyahu’s newest coalition partner,
came in last with only five percent of respondents thinking he would
be suited to serve as Prime Minister. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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