(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni’s rival for the Kadima leadership, MK Shaul Mofaz,
suggested on Tuesday that his party could join Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s government under the right circumstances.
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were very different than those of Livni and Kadima MKs loyal to her, who said
the best Kadima could offer Netanyahu was a parliamentary safety net.
think it’s clear to everyone today that if the prime minister will embark on a
real, significant diplomatic process that is practical and calls for a
national-unity government, with real cooperation and a proper coalition, we can
go together and advance Israel,” Mofaz told Army Radio.
Mofaz said he
believed a national-unity government with Likud and Kadima could advance
diplomatic process with both the Palestinians and the Syrians.
He said he
still thought Kadima should have joined the coalition when it was formed
that now Netanyahu needed to adopt a diplomatic plan for the party to
ideally Mofaz’s own plan.
“The consensus in Kadima is that if he takes
real and practical steps toward peace and there is the right kind of
then there is what to talk about and Kadima can be a new partner in this
government,” he said.
Mofaz later told Channel 2 that “if the Netanyahu
government adopts a plan, I think Kadima could join the
Following Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s controversial
speech at the United Nations General Assembly, he hinted that
Beiteinu party would have to leave for Kadima to join.
“The makeup of the
coalition would have to be acceptable to us,” Mofaz said.
he still believed he would unseat Livni, he said he still believed
be primaries in Kadima sooner than people think.”