Hotovely: A Netanyahu Split from the Likud ´More than Likely´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/05/12)
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MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said on Monday that the possibility that
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will choose to leave the Likud and
form a joint list with Shaul Mofaz, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and
other ministers such as Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan, “is more than
Speaking with Arutz Sheva, Hotovely said she believes that such a
decision by Netanyahu, similar to what former Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon did when he split the Likud and formed Kadima, will ultimately
lead him to where Kadima is today. While Kadima is the largest party
in the Knesset at the present time, polls have indicated that it is
headed for a downfall in the next elections.
Likud members have recently expressed concerns that Netanyahu is
planning such a move, particularly in light of his opposing the
proposed outpost regulation law, which many of the Likud’s Knesset
members and ministers support.
“Anyone who wants to choose such a path will be judged by history,”
said Hotovely. “Our job is to present leadership which tells the
truth and is true to the Likud’s way. The possibility [that Netanyahu
will split the Likud] is quite possible, but it has a price. The
question is whether Netanyahu is thinking only about the next Knesset
or whether he wants long-term leadership.”
Hotovely said that Netanyahu is directly responsible for the planned
demolition in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, not Barak or any
other officials in the justice system.
“I have enough appreciation for the Prime Minister to hold him
responsible for the decision,” she said, adding, “This decision is
destructive to the settlement enterprise. It´s not a matter of five
houses, but the opening of something very dangerous.”
Hotovely said the regulation law, which is scheduled to be brought to
a vote in the Knesset on Wednesday, is the most moral law possible,
because it compensates a landowner who can prove his ownership. At
the same time, she said, the decision to expel the thirty families
who live in the Ulpana neighborhood is the least moral decision that
can be made.
She noted that social pressure affects the Likud ministers more than
anything else and, as such, if the ministers from the Yisrael Beytenu
and Shas parties announce that they intend to support the regulation
law, it would encourage Likud ministers to the same.
“A minister should know whether he supports the law or not,
regardless of pressure by Feiglin or someone else,” said
Hotovely. “This is a moral issue.”
Earlier on Monday, Netanyahu pleaded with Likud faction members to
back his plan and vote against the regulation law proposed by MK
Yaakov Katz (National Union).
Netanyahu has proposed that the five buildings facing demolition be
destroyed, but that fifty new structures be approved on adjacent
state owned land.
Under the plan, the government would also pay to move the five
buildings slated to be destroyed – which would cost the state an
estimated NIS 14m.
Netanyahu´s statements seem to indicate he intends to renege on a
promise made to Katz, that he would not oppose the regulation law
when it was brought to a vote, if Katz would hold off in submitting
the bill for a fortnight.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Monday approved Netanyahu´s
outline for the Ulpana neighborhood. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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