Mofaz, Gantz, FADC_311.
(photo credit: IDF )
The Likud sought to take the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
chairmanship from Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz, sources said on Thursday, despite a
deal between the two parties.
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This week, coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin
complained to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, both of Likud, that Mofaz was
holding important discussions during the Knesset recess. However, Likud missed
the last chance to replace Mofaz, which was at the beginning of the
“The Likud is sick of Mofaz,” a source said. “It was a bad deal,
giving Kadima [the] Foreign Affairs and Defense [chairmanship] and taking [the]
Economics [chairmanship] instead.”
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee is traditionally chaired by a coalition member, while the
Economics Committee usually goes to the opposition.
When the deal was
drawn between Kadima and Likud, former Kadima MK Tzachi Hanegbi was appointed as
chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
After Hanegbi was
forced to resign from the Knesset due to a perjury conviction, Mofaz took his
“What worked in Hanegbi’s time isn’t working today,” the Likud
“Mofaz uses the committee for his own political
benefit, to fight against [Kadima leader Tzipi] Livni and the Likud.”
source said MKs secretly requested from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to
cancel the deal.
In the end, the Likud source said the party preferred to
keep the Economics Committee, so that Netanyahu’s economic reforms would pass
“If Mofaz hadn’t used his position so cynically, the Likud
would never have considered giving up Economics,” the source
Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled was mentioned as a
possible replacement for Mofaz. However, Peled’s spokeswoman said he was never
offered the position.
Mofaz was unfazed by the news.
continue to do what I believe is right for the State of Israel, its future, and
the future of its citizens without fear,’ he said. “I have never given in to
threats or bullies, and I will never bend the truth. I will always say what I
believe. Whoever is afraid, has to deal with it.”