Halutz not in uniform 311.
(photo credit: Globes)
Former IDF chief of staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Dan Halutz said Saturday he is
leaving Kadima because the party is staying in the government coalition despite
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s refusal to pass a law equalizing the
Halutz made the comments in an interview with Channel 2
he conducted from “Camp Sucker” at Tel Aviv’s Arlozorov train station. Camp
Sucker, the protest movement calling for greater haredi and Arab participation
in military service, held a mass protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday
The former IDF chief said that he was “leaving Kadima” and called
on everyone that joined the party in his footsteps to reconsider their path as
Halutz called the government’s attempts to find an alternative to
the Tal Law, “games,” and accused the coalition of “cynicism.”
about the fact that Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz also planned to take part in
Saturday’s protest march, Halutz said that it was “strange” that people in the
coalition were coming to demonstrate against the coalition.
Army Radio last week, Halutz said “whoever is worried about the country’s future
must understand that if we don’t take the opportunity to create one law for all
the citizens, we won’t have the opportunity again,” adding that the process
“won’t get easier as the years pass.” Whoever receives benefits from the state,
he added, must also contribute to the state.
Calling proposals by haredi
parties aiming to craft exemptions for the majority of their constituents
“insulting to the intelligence,” Halutz said that the law’s principles must be
agreed upon first, and methods of effectively implementing them could be decided
Halutz joined Kadima in December 2010. He threw his support behind
Mofaz in his race against Tzipi Livni for leadership of the party.