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Mofaz defends bringing Kadima into coalition (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN, LAHAV HARKOV 05/14/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=269877
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Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz on Monday defended the decision to bring his Kadima party into the governing coalition, saying he believes most of the public supports the decision.
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Speaking at a Kadima faction meeting, Mofaz supported Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for sending a positive letter to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, saying Netanyahu wants to restart negotiations without preconditions.
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Mofaz also said that the coalition will pursue legislative reform, particularly in finding a replacement for the Tal Law.
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The former opposition leader noted, however, that there are a number of bills on the coalition´s agenda that do not fit with Kadima´s ideology, and that he would fight them with all his strength.
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Addressing recent controversies and attempts to weaken the courts, Mofaz said, "We respect the rule of law and defer to the decisions of the Supreme Court."
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Also Monday, Mofaz appointed MK Ronnie Bar-On, a supporter of former party leader Tzipi Livni, as the new Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman. Mofaz previously chaired the committee.
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Speaking at the start of a Likud faction meeting Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Netanyahu said his party will focus on three main issues: replacing the Tal Law, passing a budget, and changing the political system.
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Netanyahu added that a fourth issue, promoting the peace process with the Palestinians, is important but does not depend exclusively on Likud. "I sent [Abbas] a letter, and I hope [the Palestinians] answer it," he said.
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"I hope there can be a dialogue that can turn into negotiations." (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/14/12)
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