Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post)
The failed system of government prevented Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from
replacing the “Tal Law” and led him to prefer sectorial interests over the
majority, opposition leader Shaul Mofaz said on Wednesday.
The Tal Law,
which expired on August 1, allowed ultra- Orthodox men to postpone military
Three NGOs working to change the system of
government, Yesh Sikuy, Citizen Empowerment Center – Israel and Save Israeli
Democracy, presented their joint proposal for a new system of government to
Mofaz and MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), who responded
“Changing the system is necessary to guarantee
governance and maintain the State of Israel’s democratic and Zionist character,”
Mofaz said. “We cannot avoid making decisions on this issue.”
opposition leader reiterated that one of the reasons Kadima joined the coalition
in May was to create a new system of government with a wide consensus behind
“Unfortunately, from the beginning of the partnership [with the
Likud], the political reality proved once again that the system of government in
Israel is a failure, preventing the leading party from making courageous
decisions about equality in the burden of military service despite wide public
support,” Mofaz said.
According to Mofaz, Netanyahu is unable to make
decisions because sectorial parties set his agenda, and “blackmail is stronger
than governance, and sectors stronger than the majority.
“Just as he did
not want to change the Tal Law, the prime minister is not interested in changing
the system of government,” Mofaz added. “The fact that the prime minister did
not discuss the topic even after Kadima left the coalition proves this beyond a
Mofaz told Yesh Sikuy founder Prof. Uriel Reichman and Save
Israeli Democracy leader Uri Dori that he would discuss their proposal at the
next Kadima faction meeting, and ways to promote a bill on the issue.
outline includes raising the election threshold from 2 to 4 percent, and having
60 of the 120 MKs elected regionally.
The Interior Ministry would
determine the regions and voters would only put one slip in the ballot box –
which would count for both the regional and the national vote.
also called to authorize the prime minister to veto any bill, a power that could
only be overridden by a vote of 61 MKs. The number of ministers would be no
fewer than eight and no more than 16, and they could not serve simultaneously as