Mofaz speaks at Knesset 370.
(photo credit: Knesset Spokesman)
A bill meant to deter rebel Kadima MKs from breaking off from the party was
removed from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s Sunday agenda, partly
due to efforts by the very MKs it was meant to stop.
Bill” was proposed by MK Yuval Zellner (Kadima), a staunch ally of party
chairman and Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, to cancel the so-called “Mofaz Law,”
which made seven the minimum number of MKs that can split from a faction,
regardless of its size. The law is named after Mofaz due to rumors that he was
leaving Kadima, though the legislation was opposed by its
Should Zellner’s bill pass, the previous law, which required
one-third of a faction for a split, would be restored.
Kadima sources say
that several of the party’s MKs, including Robert Tibayev, Shlomo Molla, Orit
Zuaretz and Nino Abesadze among others who backed former party leader Tzipi
Livni, are considering leaving Kadima. On Wednesday, Tibayev, Abesadze and MK
Yoel Hasson (Kadima) voted against the coalition in favor of a bill
criminalizing discrimination against women.
Zellner’s proposal was
supposed to go to a ministerial vote on Sunday, but on Saturday night, it was
pulled from the agenda.
Tibayev said the vote on the Confinement Bill was
deferred due to a letter he sent to faction chairwoman Dalia Itzik on Thursday,
asking her to request that Zellner wait for a faction meeting on the bill before
it is brought to a ministerial vote.
“As you know, in the last faction
meeting on May 14, several MKs, including myself, expressed opposition to the
bill,” Tibayev wrote in the letter.
Zellner said on Saturday night that
he was told that ministers delayed the vote on the legislation, not
He defended his bill on Friday, saying that it “sends a clear
message – Kadima is one and united, and will stay that way.”
why legislation is necessary if Kadima is united, Zellner explained that MKs who
want to break off from the party may still do so, and the bill is only a matter
“I won’t stop whoever wants to leave,” he said. “This will
prevent political blackmail, by not allowing groups of MKs to take money from
the party according to their own agenda.”
According to Zellner, his bill
will increase political and governmental stability, and the “Mofaz Law” was
unnecessary to begin with.