Ramon to Start New Party (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 07/03/12)
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Chaim Ramon, a former Minister of Justice and one of Kadima´s
founders, has announced he will establish a new party to compete with
Kadima. Ramon´s move could hasten a split within Kadima, whose more
leftist MKs have been mulling such a move ever since MK Shaul Mofaz
was chosen to head the party.
There is speculation that Tzipi Livni, who headed Kadima before
Mofaz, will join Ramon´s new party.
In an interview with IDF Radio, Ramon attacked Kadima Chairman Shaul
Mofaz for staying in Netanyahu´s government despite the disbanding of
the Plesner Committee for equality in enlistment.
"The present prime minister is the problem," said Ramon, "He has been
fooling the entire public for three years. Netanyahu´s allies are the
settlers and the Arabs. The alternative [to the Likud] must replace
"Everyone understands who Netanyahu is now, and the masks have all
been removed," Ramon said. "There needs to be an alternative that
will replace Netanyahu. I can count off 20 people who can replace
Netanyahu. Every one of them knows how to take care of things better
Ramon said neither Yair Lapid nor Labor is a true alternative to
Netanyahu. Lapid will not garner more than 10 seats in the next
Knesset, he estimated, whereas Labor head Shelly Yechimovich is in
cahoots with Netanyahu. "Shelly Yechimovich is Netanyahu´s partner.
Why doesnít she attack him? A few days before they decided on early
elections she had already closed a deal for partnership with
Netanyahu," he accused.
Ramon, who was sentenced to community service in 2007 over an
incident involving a female soldier and an undesired kiss, will
probably not head the new party himself. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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