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Dagan calls for change in governance system (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Shiri Hadar Published: 05.14.12, 18:46) Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4229126,00.html
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Former Mossad chief slams current government´s decisions at TAU conference; ´If government continues on this path, existing threat to Israel will not remain a theoretical one,´ he predicts
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During a meeting with students from Tel Aviv University on Monday, ex- Mossad chief Meir Dagan spoke of what he called the dire need to change the governance system in Israel.
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"Seventy percent of government decisions are not executed," Dagan said."Furthermore, some decisions are only executed when it is convenient for certain ministers."
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According to Dagan, sectorial parties in Israel´s political system dictate the public agenda. "The government is far from being stable these days," he said.
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Dagan noted that within the political system exist several organizations that are dedicated to changing the core values and "essence" of the State. "If Israel´s government continues on this path, the existing threat to the State will not remain a theoretical one, but rather a reality which we will all have to eventually face," he said.
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During the meeting, Dagan, who is the chairman of Yesh Sikuy – a movement devoted to reforming Israel´s legislative system - outlined the movement´s future goals, which include limiting an elected prime minister´s administration to only two (consecutive) terms.
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According to Dagan´s suggested governance system, the 2% electoral threshold will be raised to 3%. The new government will include both MKs and civilians.
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"We have reached a point where an entire group among the citizens of Israel has created a situation that has exempt entire populations (in Israel) from serving in the military," he told the students.
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Last month the former Mossad chief visited the IDF reservists´ protest tent in Jerusalem and signed a petition calling on the government to pass a law which would require all Israeli citizens to be drafted either into the IDF or a national service framework.
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"We´ve reached an impossible situation whereby the distribution of the burden is unequal," Dagan said, "This is problematic." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/14/12)
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