US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should set
personal differences aside and meet to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, opposition
leader Shaul Mofaz said at Kadima headquarters in Petah Tikva Thursday
Mofaz recounted meeting with Obama two months ago and hearing
the US president’s commitment to Israel and to stopping Iran.
Obama,” the opposition leader stated. “We need to face this threat
Mofaz called for Obama and Netanyahu to meet and discuss
Israel and America’s joint interests, because the countries will be more likely
to meet their goals through cooperation.
The opposition leader spoke at a
Kadima pre-Rosh Hashana toast, where he expressed hope that next year would be a
better one for his party. The affair was modest in light of Kadima’s financial
difficulties, which Mofaz pointed out, calling it “a homemade
Nearly 200 people sat on plastic chairs around folding tables in
front of the party’s headquarters, instead of in a rented hall, and ate pita,
humous and sliced vegetables.
“Our mission this year is for Kadima to
lead the country once again,” Mofaz said. “It will not be easy, but if we
believe, we can do it.”
Mofaz called for Kadima to unite and replace
Netanyahu as Israel’s “only true centrist party.”
This year, he stated,
is a crucial one in economics, security and politics, because elections are set
for next fall.
According to the Kadima leader, most Israelis want change,
and will take sentiments expressed in social protests with them to the voting
“We have passed difficult tests,” Kadima faction chairwoman Dalia
Itzik said, “but we had no choice. We are the only alternative to the current
Itzik pointed out the diverse crowd at the event; nearly
half of the attendees were Arab or Druse.
She also referred to Kadima’s
28 MKs, of which 17 were present, saying that no other party had a list as
experienced and responsible.
“We will be more united, more steadfast,”
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman
Ronnie Bar-On shared Itzik’s optimism, saying “this year will certainly be
better than the last.”