Reservists: PM, Mofaz sold us out (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 07.02.12, 17:21)
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Activists campaigning for equal distribution of the burden say
dissolution of Plesner Committee proves coalition ´never wanted real
alternative to Tal Law´
"Unfortunately, the cynics were right. They claimed from the very
beginning that Benjamin Netanyahu is not really looking out for those
who serve in the army and that (Kadima leader) Shaul Mofaz would sell
us out," army reservists campaigning against the Tal Law said in a
statement Monday following the prime minister´s decision to dissolve
a committee tasked with finding an alternative to the law, which
exempted ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from mandatory military
"Despite the sincere efforts of (committee chairman) Knesset Member
Yohanan Plesner, Netanyahu and Mofaz didn´t give the committee a
chance. They chose to side with the haredim and the draft-dodgers at
the expense of those who serve – and the public will not accept it,"
the activists said.
"If we let them get away with it now, they´ll continue to care only
about their (Knesset) seats and in 10 years´ time there will be no
one left to serve in the army."
Idan Miller, one of the leaders of the "suckers" movement, said
Netanyahu "continues to deceive the public. All the political
elements in the PM´s coalition were mobilized this past week to
create the illusion of a coalition crisis, when everyone´s real goal
was to interfere in the committee´s work and block the historic
process that would lead to the equal share of the burden in Israel."
Miller said the activists plan to hold a demonstration in Tel Aviv on
Saturday "to tell the PM that we won’t tolerate his deception any
more and will stop being suckers. If he doesn´t come to his senses
and resolve the burden equality issue, we´ll punish him at the polls."
Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, said the dissolution of the
Plesner Committee before it submitted its recommendations "clearly
shows that Netanyahu never planned to solve the burning issue of the
equal distribution of the burden."
Opposition leader MK Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) said in response to
Netanyahu´s decision to dissolve the Plesner Committee that "the
commotion and disputes surrounding the Plesner Committee are setting
a new record of ridicule and futility.
"The prime minister has lost control over the coalition, however he
can remain calm because even if Kadima is humiliated to the ground it
will not give up its place in the coalition, which allows it to
survive," she said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 07/02/12)
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