Netanyahu: Mofaz Gave Up on Historic Opportunity (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/18/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a letter to Kadima chairman
Shaul Mofaz on Tuesday evening, expressing his regret that Mofaz
chose to quit the unity government.
“I regret your decision to give up on an opportunity to make an
historic change,” Netanyahu wrote Mofaz. “After 64 years, we were
very close to a substantial change in the division of the burden. I
gave you a proposal that would have led to the conscription of
[hareidim] and Arabs from the age of 18. I explained to you that the
only way to implement this on the ground is gradually and without
tearing Israeli society apart, especially at a time when the State of
Israel is facing many significant challenges.”
Netanyahu noted, “I will continue to work toward the responsible
solution that Israeli society expects” even without Kadima in the
Earlier on Tuesday, Mofaz announced that Kadima had voted 24-3 to
pull out of the coalition because of what he said was Netanyahu’s
failure to live up a supposed agreement on changes in the draft law.
Mofaz joined the coalition in early May, making a “universal draft”
the party’s main platform. A committee headed by Kadima MK Yohanan
Plesner discussed proposed legislation to replace the Tal Law, which
expires on August 1, but MKs from several parties who opposed the
committee´s conclusions left the panel.
Netanyahu dissolved the committee, arousing the ire of Mofaz, who the
following day brought out Plesner to announce the proposals. The
suggested legislation concentrated on hareidi religious youth, with
heavy sanction against those refuse, while only vaguely relating to
the Arab sector.
Mofaz threatened to leave the coalition if the party´s hard-line
version of the enlistment law is not legislated and has now followed
through on his threat. Likud minister Moshe Ya´alon said that
Kadima´s bill reflects the fact that Plesner “wants war” with the
Netanyahu’s associates said in private conversations this week that
the Prime Minister regrets having added Kadima to the coalition.
The associates hinted that the Likud party is considering calling an
election next January or February at the latest. (IsraelNationalNews
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