Kadima: We'll join gov't if PM is serious about intentions

In response to Likud MK Eitan's calls for gov't to be broadened, opposition group says it would only join coalition to advance peace.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 27, 2010 11:53
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In response to MK Michael Eitan's (Likud) calls to include Kadima in a national unity government, Kadima said that it has "made it clear to [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu, time and time again, that it supports every move which will advance the diplomatic process and will bring Israel a peace deal," according to a press release sent by the party on Monday.

"Livni herself said that Kadima will join the government if Netanyahu is serious about his intentions to reach a full peace deal and will support another coalition if established, which represents these intentions. There is no change in this position."


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Kadima should seriously consider every call for a unified government which will advance the diplomatic process in the form of a national agreement, said MK Otniel Shneller.

Earlier Monday, Eitan called to establish a national unity government with Kadima in his personal website.

Kadima's participation in a unified government should be considered as part of the necessary sacrifices which need to be made by Israel at the political level, Eitan said online. The government must be broadened and that can be achieved by including the large opposition group, he explained.

"Israel will be forced to struggle with security arrangements which are considered most important among other subjects," said Eitan. "For this, a broad national unity will be required and we can begin establishing the foundations at this time."

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"A national unity government of this sort should include, in addition to current partners, the Kadima party. Together, we may be forced to make painful concessions accompanied by satisfactory security arrangements, and it may occur that in the absence of a consensus on land or security, we will find ourselves saying 'no' to the whole world and struggling as a united nation against decrees, in which the vast majority will not agree to live with."

"In any case, our achievements in negotiations will be better if we arrive there with a broad consensus at home," Eitan said.

Eitan explained that he is not naive and that he understands that in order to reach an agreement, a willingness must exist amongst those involved. But at a critical point in history, he says, the leadership has a duty to, at least, investigate every possibility and chance for a national unity government in order to best equipped team against the inevitable confrontation between Israel and the rest of the world.

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