Dagan: I will hold gov’t to electoral reform promises

“Perhaps I am being naive, but I think that politicians want to do good for the state of Israel,” former Mossad chief says.

May 16, 2012 02:00
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Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan

Meir Dagan 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said on Tuesday morning that he would hold the ruling coalition to its promise to change the electoral system and replace the Tal Law.

Speaking to Israel Radio, he stated that “we have the promise of [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] and his deputy [Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz] to change the electoral system, and we also enjoy the support of the majority of Knesset. Let’s give them the credit that they can and will make the change.”

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Dagan, chairman of the Yesh Sikui (There is a Chance) movement, has presented a bill his movement drafted that includes calls to raise the electoral threshold from 2 percent to 3%, and to reduce the number of ministers to 16.

“Perhaps I am being naive, but I think that politicians want to do good for the state of Israel,” he said. “If they are not doing so, it is my job as a citizen to lobby them.”

Turning to the Tal Law, which allowed men studying full-time in yeshiva to postpone their military service indefinitely, and which the High Court of Justice struck down in February, Dagan said he didn’t believe in compromises on the IDF draft.

“We have a law that says every 18-year-old has to join the army,” he said.

Asked if authorities should take haredim (the ultra-Orthodox), who mostly opt for yeshiva over army service, to the drafting office by force, Dagan responded in the affirmative.

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