Likud ministers: PM using Kadima (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.11.12, 17:39)
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While senior Likud members postulate broadened Coalition´s days are
numbered, officials affiliated with Minister Mofaz seek to prevent
faction from crumbling
Likud ministers postulated on Friday that the new broadened Coalition
quite possibly won´t last long, and that Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu will call for general elections once an alternative to the
Tal Law is passed with the help of Kadima MKs.
"Netanyahu has become a political trickster," one senior Likud member
said. "It wouldn´t come as a surprise if we witnessed a ´use and
throw away´ ploy, at the end of which Netanyahu would go to elections
after passing the Tal Law, winning public support and blowing up the
Coalition because of next year´s budget."
The Tal Law, which effectively grants army service exemptions to
haredim, has found itself in the center of the political tumult in
Meanwhile, only days after Kadima joined the Coalition, officials
closely associated with Minister Shaul Mofaz have begun seeking ways
to prevent the faction from breaking up, Ynet has learned. The
officials are in talks with Likud members over the possibility of
repealing a legislation that enables a faction to break apart once
there are at least seven Knesset members wishing to secede.
The legislation – dubbed the "Mofaz Law" – was passed at the
beginning of the current Knesset term and was meant to allow a group
of seven Right-leaning MKs, headed by Mofaz, to quit Kadima and join
Likud. Prior to the ratification of the law, one third of a faction
would have to wish to split off in order for the partition to take
New centrist party?
With tensions running high following Mofaz´ decision to join the
government, a group of Knesset members who support former Kadima
leader Tzipi Livni have begun discussing the possibility of quitting
and laying the groundwork for a new, more Center-leaning party.
Some officials within the party have expressed displeasure with the
impending development, and are therefore seeking to bar it from
happening by annulling the Mofaz Law and reinstating the one-third
Mofaz staunchly opposed the ratification of the legislation in 2009,
slamming Netanyahu and the Likud for passing it. Some Kadima members
are now seeking to kill two birds with one stone – annulling the law
and stopping Livini´s supporters from forming a separate faction.
Senior Kadima officials confirmed that the issue is under discussion,
but noted that it is unclear when and how it is to be acted upon.
Senior Likud members confirmed the talks as well, positing that it is
quite possible that an attempt to block to legislation is not far off
in the future.
"There are few instances when wishes and political interests
coincide, and everything works out well," one Likud member
said. "This step is very likely to happen." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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