Mofaz speaks at bar 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Kadima leadership candidate Shaul Mofaz said Sunday night that if he is elected
to head his party and is called on to form a coalition after the next general
election, he would establish a national-unity government with the
Mofaz made the statement during an event at a Tel Aviv bar
organized by Mitpakdim, a new organization that encourages young people to
become more politically active by joining current political parties and
influencing their future from within. The group hosted current Kadima leader
Tzipi Livni last week to give its members a chance to hear both of the party’s
major candidates ahead of the March 27 primary.
“Israel needs a
national unity government because the challenges Israel is facing require us to
have a wide coalition that doesn’t depend on a few MKs,” Mofaz said. “The public
wanted Kadima, which won 28 seats, to be part of the government.”
said he had favored entering Netanyahu’s coalition on condition that it adopt a
diplomatic plan and change the political system within a year and a half. He
said he still believed the political system could be changed if the leaders of
the largest parties got together and insisted on this.
He declined to
answer questions about what his red line would be for entering the government if
Netanyahu won the next general election. He also refused to rule out bringing
Shas into a coalition if he formed the government, despite making strong
statements about the need for the haredim (ultra-Orthodox) to serve in the
Mofaz defended his track record as a former defense minister and
IDF chief of staff. He defended the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza that took
place when he was defense minister.
“Many say it was a mistake, but I say
the disengagement was one of the most correct things Israel has done,” he
Mofaz expressed hope that a peace agreement could be reached not
only with the Palestinians, but also with the Syrians after the downfall of
their current leader, Bashar Assad.