Barak Tries to Get Netanyahu and Mofaz Talking (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/04/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak tried to mediate on Tuesday evening
between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima chairman Shaul
Mofaz, Army Radio reported. Also taking part in the mediation was
Natan Eshel, Netanyahu´s former bureau chief who resigned amid a
Sources involved in the negotiations told Army Radio that the biggest
challenge faced by Barak and Eshel is to restore the trust between
Netanyahu and Mofaz, which was damaged after Netanyahu decided to
disband the Plesner Committee which was charged with formulating a
new draft law. Earlier on Tuesday, Mofaz angrily rejected a planned
meeting with Netanyahu.
Mofaz and MK Yohanan Plesner are expected to announce the committee´s
conclusions on Wednesday, despite its disbanding by the Prime
Plesner’s committee had fallen apart after several key members
resigned from it within a period of several days. On Sunday, Attorney
Yaakov Weinroth announced that he is quitting the committee, where he
represented Shas and United Torah Judaism. Weinroth said the
committee had acted irresponsibly by opting to solve a delicate
problem through "forceful" measures.
Last week, Yisrael Beytenu, a major partner in the governing
coalition, announced it is quitting the Plesner Committee, because
the committee has said it will not demand punishment of Arab citizens
who shirk from service, recommending sanctions only on hareidi
The Jewish Home party, headed by Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, also
announced it would leave the committee.
Earlier on Tuesday, Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich (Labor)
announced she is submitting a bill to dissolve the Knesset and
initiate early elections.
Joined by Labor MK Issac Herzog, the bill is identical to one
Yechimovich submitted prior to Kadima entering the coalition in May.
Meanwhile, several Kadima members called on their chairman to resign
from the coalition. MK Shlomo Molla announced Tuesday he is leaving
the coalition and will begin voting against it in Knesset votes. He
was joined by MK Nino Abesadze. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/04/12)
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