Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz agreed to create a joint Likud-Kadima committee that will recommend new legislation on increasing minority participation in the IDF, Israel Radio reported Friday.
The recommendations will be based on the findings of the Keshev Committee, which Netanyahu disbanded earlier this week, causing a rift between the governing coalition's two largest parties. It will be expected to present its recommendations within one week.
The announcement of the new committee came a day before a scheduled mass rally will be held in Tel Aviv, hosted by the "Camp Sucker" movement, demanding equality in the shouldering of the national burden. At least a dozen different organizations are taking part in the protest, including the National Union of Israeli Students and several groups devoted to religious freedom and helping reservists and discharged soldiers. They will also be joined by the right-of-center extra-parliamentary group “Im Tirtzu.”
The keynote speaker at the event, announced Friday afternoon, will be (Israel Security Agency) director Yuval Diskin, who has supported the movement since it first set up a faux military base at Tel Aviv’s Arlozorov train station nearly six months ago in a call for universal service for all Israelis.
Speaking Friday to Army Radio, Diskin said expressed optimism that the movement could achieve its goals. "At the end of the day, Netanyahu's voters are people who participate in carrying the public burden," he said in a challenge to the prime minister. "Netanyahu is cursing the day this issue fell at his doorstep. But in any case, this is his happening under his watch, and I believe that he can implement real and meaningful change on this issue."
The protest, which will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum plaza, is being headlined “Order 8 – We will stop being suckers!!” in a reference to the “Tzav 8” letters that arrive at homes to inform of upcoming reserve service.
Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid are expected to attend the rally, but no politicians will be allowed to address the crowd. Saturday night’s protest will be the first major protest on the issue in Tel Aviv in recent memory.