MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima) 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Kadima rebels were unimpressed with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s adoption
of most of the Keshev Committee’s recommendations on Sunday, saying that they
will continue to call for their party to leave the coalition.
has changed since last night,” MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) said.
must keep his word and bring a replacement for the ‘Tal Law’ and stop only
paying lip service [to making a change]. Enough!” MK Nino Abesadze
(Kadima) said Netanyahu cannot be trusted.
“One day he dissolves the
Plesner committee [to replace the Tal Law], and the next day he accepts its
recommendations,” she pointed out.
As such, Abesadze said her stance on
Kadima leaving the coalition will not change until she sees a bill drafted that
includes all of the committee’s recommendations.
MK Shlomo Molla called
for legislation to require enlistment at age 18, though the Keshev Committee
recommended haredi men serve from age 23.
“My opinion will not change
until Mofaz submits a bill requiring all citizens to enlist at age 18,” he
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“Any arrangement for later enlistment allows people to continue
shirking their duties.”
Molla, Abesadze, Hasson, Robert Tibayev, Orit
Zuaretz and Majallie Whbee – Kadima legislators who supported former party
leader Tzipi Livni in this year’s party primary – are considering breaking off
and forming a new party.
Molla, Abesadze and Tibayev have voted against
their party on several bills since the 94-MK unity government was formed, and
said last week that they no longer consider themselves part of the
However, they have yet to successfully find another MK that
would definitely join their rebellion, giving them the seven necessary to
receive government funding for their new party in the next election
Some of those rumored to be sympathetic to the rebels are
Kadima MKs Meir Sheetrit, Nachman Shai and Rachel Adatto.
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