Mofaz: PM tries to deflect criticism by talking about Iran

August 1, 2012 09:51


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Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of trying to get the public to forget about the problem of integrating haredim into the army and opposition to his economic plans by spending lots of time returning to the issue of Iran's nuclear program, Israel Radio reported.

A day after Netanyahu took to the airwaves with a firm message that Israel would control its own decisions about attacking Iran, Mofaz said Netanyahu was trying desperately to change the subject having lost confidence and since he was stressed about the widespread criticism of his inability to replace the Tal Law before it expired on Tuesday, according to Israel Radio.

The Tal Law's expiration means that old security laws from Israel's founding and mandating the drafting of every Israeli into service now apply to the haredi community in principle, but that in practice, no official mechanism has been agreed on or prepared to change the current situation where most haredim manage to avoid army service.

Mofaz also said that the prime minister was worried about opposition to his raising of taxes and cutting spending, including a notable increase to gas prices.


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