(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni’s rival in Kadima, MK Shaul Mofaz, has attacked her in an interview with a chain of haredi newspapers, saying that it was wrong of her to adopt an anti-haredi line in recent weeks.
Mofaz’s comments came after a series of speeches and interviews in which Livni attacked the haredi leadership for the ultra-Orthodox not joining the work force and the IDF and for not teaching the core curriculum in their schools. While Livni has stressed that her problem is with haredi politicians and not the public, Mofaz’s associates said she was stigmatizing Kadima as an anti-religious party.
“I think that at least half of Kadima is against the anti-haredi
campaign,” Mofaz told the Kav Itonut Datit chain. “I read some of
Livni’s statements and I completely disagree with them.”
Mofaz accused Livni of joining a “political trend” by attacking haredim
following well-publicized statements by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai. His
associates blamed the fad on the fear of unannounced would-be politician
Yair Lapid, a popular Channel 2 and Yediot Aharonot
journalist who is the son of the late Shinui leader Yosef “Tommy” Lapid.
“They think they can get more mandates with a campaign of hatred,” Mofaz
said. “I am against spewing hatred against citizens of this country.
“It is a significant mistake to use an anti-haredi campaign for
Mofaz has good relations with Shas and takes credit for the formation of
the Nahal haredi unit during his time as IDF chief of General Staff.
An expected attack on Livni on the anti-haredi issue did not take place
in Monday’s Kadima faction meeting. Kadima MK Ronit Tirosh, who is close
to Mofaz, read a list of statistics about haredi education that
supported Livni’s recent statements.
Mofaz’s associates said he expected Kadima’s policy on the issue to be
dealt with in a serious manner in an upcoming faction meeting.