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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
response to MK Michael Eitan's (Likud) calls to include Kadima in a national
unity government, Kadima said that it has "made it clear to [Prime
Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu, time and time again, that it supports
every move which will advance the diplomatic process and will bring
Israel a peace deal," according to a press release sent by the party on
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"Livni herself said that Kadima will join the government
if Netanyahu is serious about his intentions to reach a full peace deal
and will support another coalition if established, which represents
these intentions. There is no change in this position."
Kadima should seriously consider every call for a unified government which will advance the diplomatic process in the form of a national agreement, said MK Otniel Shneller.
Earlier Monday, Eitan called to establish a national unity government with Kadima in his personal website.
Kadima's participation in a unified government should be considered as
part of the necessary sacrifices which need to be made by Israel at the
political level, Eitan said online. The government must be broadened and
that can be achieved by including the large opposition group, he
"Israel will be forced to struggle with security arrangements which are
considered most important among other subjects," said Eitan. "For this, a
broad national unity will be required and we can begin establishing the
foundations at this time."
"A national unity government of this sort should include, in addition to
current partners, the Kadima party. Together, we may be forced to make
painful concessions accompanied by satisfactory security arrangements,
and it may occur that in the absence of a consensus on land or
security, we will find ourselves saying 'no' to the whole world and
struggling as a united nation against decrees, in which the vast
majority will not agree to live with."
"In any case, our achievements in negotiations will be better if we arrive there with a broad consensus at home," Eitan said.
Eitan explained that he is not naive and that he understands that in
order to reach an agreement, a willingness must exist amongst those
involved. But at a critical point in history, he says, the leadership
has a duty to, at least, investigate every possibility and chance for a
national unity government in order to best equipped team against the
inevitable confrontation between Israel and the rest of the world.