Skip to comments.Unity Coalition Crumbles, Mofaz Shuns Netanyahu
Posted on 07/03/2012 1:11:31 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
Kadima party chairman Shaul Mofaz angrily rejected a planned meeting to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday after the Prime Minister dissolved a panel, led by Kadima, for a new draft law.
Prime Minister Netanyahu disbanded the committee, headed by Kadima Knesset Member Yochanan Plesner, without Cabinet approval, a move that could be a political ploy to put Mofaz in a corner and force him to quit the national unity coalition that is only several weeks old.
The committee was working on legislation to replace the Tal Law, which focuses on the enlistment of hareidi religious youth, with an all-encompassing proposal that would require service from all Israelis, including Arabs. The Tal law expires in four weeks.
Prime Minister Netanyahu tried to soothe Mofazs feathers after the announcement that the committee would be dissolved, but Mofaz was not amenable and said there was no reason for him to meet with the Prime Minister. Netanyahu's decision to pull the plug on the committee came after the body effectively collapsed amid political discord.
Kadima may have more to lose and Netanyahu more to gain if Mofaz takes the drastic step and quits the new national unity coalition. Netanyahu gained political points by bringing Mofaz into the government, but the polls showed little gain for Kadima after the move, which left Labor with the lone significant opposition voice in the Knesset.
The new coalition safely put elections off until the scheduled end of the current government next year. If Mofaz quits now, he effectively would place the Tal Law, a punching bag for mainstream media, as the Number One issue worrying Israelis despite the beginning of the social justice protest season and the ever-present Iranian nuclear threat.
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Kadima (Qadimah?) means “Forward”. Sound familiar? They certainly got more radical ever since Sharon fell ill.
Kadima was dead in the water until this issue came along. The government was supposed to fix the chronic problem of mass draft-dodging among the ultra-Orthodox. It looked like there was a plan in place but Netanyahu pulled back. This is a sore point among the majority of the population. If Netanyahu sticks to trying to protect the ultra-Orthodox and Mofaz runs on a just conscription system for all, Kadima will pick up big time.
Bibi, the ultra-Orthodox might appreciate what you did, but many of them won’t vote on principle. Much as I detest you, I despise Kadima even more. Let them draft Chassidim and Arabs, already. I’d say it’s actually only fair, but I realize that’s why you have a problem with it.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.