Three Kadima MKs rebel, vote against coalition (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/16/12)
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MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) bill to make discrimination against women a
crime punishable by jail time or a NIS 300,000 fine was voted down by
26 MKs in a preliminary reading Wednesday.
Of the 15 MKs who did support Herzog’s proposal, three – Abesadze,
Yoel Hasson and Robert Tivayev – were from Kadima. Later Wednesday,
Abesadze also voted against the coalition in favor of a bill allowing
civil marriage, by MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz).
Coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) slammed the Kadima MKs, saying
they are suffering from “multiple personalities,” and have yet to
absorb the fact that they are no longer in the opposition.
“They need psychological help, as soon as possible,” Elkin quipped.
If the coalition falls and there are early elections, none of them
will return to the Knesset, he added, and the vote shows that Kadima
is lacking in leadership and facing an internal crisis.
Elkin said the coalition will find ways to punish the rebel MKs
within the coalition’s rules, and whoever ignores coalition
discipline will quickly find him or herself outside the coalition.
“Kadima has no values and no ideology, and apparently no loyalty,” MK
Danny Danon (Likud) said. “Kadima MKs need to know their place in the
coalition, and if they do not like it, they can leave immediately.”
All three rebel MKs said they are voted according to their
conscience, but also according to Kadima’s agenda, on an issue the
party made a priority in the Knesset’s winter session.
“The coalition has to understand that this is Kadima’s position, and
we were the leaders on this topic,” Hasson said. “There should not
have been coalition discipline.”
According to Hasson, he was put in an “impossible” situation, but he
thinks Herzog’s bill was worthy of passing and will continue to vote
in favor of similar legislation.
“I’m part of the coalition, but I never agreed to vote against what I
and my voters believe,” Abesadze explained.
The Kadima MK said she represents the “democratic, liberal branch” in
Kadima, and anyone who shares those values should have voted in favor
of civil marriages and criminalizing discrimination against women.
Tibayev said he “cannot change my opinions all at once, just because
we suddenly joined the coalition. This was a good bill that fit
Many Kadima MKs who were outspoken against discrimination against
women were absent from the vote, Tibayev pointed out.
“I hoped our people would vote in favor of the bill,” he added. “I
did what I thought was right.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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