Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz on his joining the government coalition during his opening remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

"This is the first meeting of the broad-based unity government and in the name of all the ministers I congratulate Mofaz and all the Kadima MKs on their having joined the government," Netanyahu stated.

The prime minister reiterated the four main goals of the national unity government which he laid out last week - passing an alternative to the Tal Law, changing the electoral system, passing a budget and advancing the peace process.

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