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Kadima leadership candidate Shaul Mofaz called for establishing a new
socioeconomic agenda for Israel at a campaign rally in Yehud on Sunday
Mofaz said a new pact needed to be written between the government
and Israeli society that would include bridging gaps between rich and poor and
ensuring that all sectors share the burden of military service.
not born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” Mofaz told the crowd. “I worked hard
and every goal I set for myself I achieved.”
Mofaz’s strategist Lior
Chorev said socioeconomic issues would be the focus of his campaign because
everyone was aware of the security credentials of the former IDF chief of
Emphasizing Mofaz’s poor background as a Persian immigrant
raised in Eilat also enables him to differentiate himself from Livni, who is the
daughter of an MK and had trouble relating to socioeconomic protesters last
In his speech to a room full of mostly Sephardi men, Mofaz
noticeably did not mention Livni at all. Chorev said Mofaz would make a point of
not attacking Livni in his campaign.
“Never attack anyone you are going
to need the day after the election,” Chorev said.
In a reference to
Livni’s threats against MKs who do not support her, Mofaz said that the day
after the March 27 election, Kadima would unite on a new path, and all the
forces in the party needed to unite to return hope to the people of
Ten MKs who support Mofaz spoke prior to him at the event. Even
MKs who are Livni’s fiercest critics in the party toned down their usual
condemnation of Livni and attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
All of the speakers at the event made a point of referring to
Mofaz by his military rank, lieutenant-general.
They frequently compared
him to Kadima’s founder, former prime minister Ariel Sharon, and Mofaz’s
namesake, King Saul.
Mofaz’s most spirited supporter in the Kadima
faction, Ruhama Avraham, called upon Kadima leadership candidate Avi Dichter and
potential candidate Meir Sheetrit to back Mofaz instead of running. Mofaz
rejected Dichter’s announcement earlier Sunday that he would begin negotiations
to enter Netanyahu’s coalition if he won the race.
“Our goal is to
replace Netanyahu’s failing government,” Mofaz said. “Kadima is the largest
party in Israel and it will stay that way. Most of the public is in the
center. We will lead that sane majority.”
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