Something Electoral This Way Comes? (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/03/12)
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Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich announced Tuesday she is
submitting a bill to dissolve the Knesset and initiate early
Joined by Labor MK Issac Herzog, the bill is identical to one
Yechimovich submitted prior to Kadima entering the coalition in May.
She decided to bring the bill to a vote again amid the renewed
coalition crisis brought on by efforts to find a replacement for the
controverisal Tal Law.
"The elections were supposed to take place in September, but this
natural process was prevented by the cynical, survivalist tactic
carried out by the Likud and Kadima," Yechimovich charged.
This "created a giant, ineffective coalition unable to come to a
reasonable agreement, even in regard to the Tal Law," she added.
Yechimovich concluded, "The public must now choose at the voting
booth between the Likud under the leadership of Netanyahu and Labor
under my Leadership."
The opposition leader´s move comes one day after Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu disbanded an ad hoc Knesset committee tasked with
drafting a replacement for the Tal Law, leading to a renwed coalition
Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner, who chaired the committee, said he would
release the panel´s recommendations on Wednesday irrespective of
Netanyahu´s decision to pull the plug on Plesner´s committee came
after the body effectively collapsed amid political discord.
The lone hareidi representative on the committee, attorney Yaakov
Weinroth, quit the panel Sunday because of his opposition to the
committee´s plans to personally sanction hareidim that do not serve.
The right wing Zionist parties on the committee – Yisrael Beyteinu
and Habayit Hayehudi – also quit the committee last week for its not
obligating mandatory national service for Israeli Arabs.
Both hareidi parties – Shas and United Torah Judaism – refused to
participate in the committee´s deliberations from the outset.
Netanyahu´s decision led several Kadima MKs to demand on Tuesday that
their party leave the government, with several vowing to vote against
the coalition on all matters.
“Starting tomorrow morning, I see myself as a member of the
opposition, voting against the government," Kadima MK Shlomo Molla
said. “The prime minister trampled Kadima’s dignity and made the
committee irrelevant, choosing to collaborate with haredim and
Yechimovich expressed support for the Kadima rebels saying, “This
partnership proved to be worthless at the first test.”
These “MKs that are not willing to make a mockery of themselves and
be part of the farce are praiseworthy," she added.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/03/12)
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