(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Former science minister Ghaleb Majadleh will return to the Knesset when
MK Yuli Tamir’s resignation takes effect at noon Tuesday, giving Labor
chairman Ehud Barak a new headache to deal with.
announcing her intention to quit the Knesset months ago, Tamir only
submitted her resignation Sunday from abroad, skipping the traditional
parting press conference. Tamir, who is an Oxford-educated philosophy
professor, turned down significant offers from Sapir College near
Sderot and other institutions in the periphery and instead decided to
become head of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan,
close to her Tel Aviv home.
Majadleh, who was the first Arab
minister, was the next name on Labor’s list. He will be sworn in on
April 26 when the Knesset returns from its spring recess.
made clear that he would take Tamir’s place among the Labor rebels who
are pressing for Labor to leave the coalition, joining MKs Amir Peretz,
Eitan Cabel and Daniel Ben-Simon.
“Labor joined the government out of national responsibility, but after
a year has passed, we have to decide whether it is right to remain,”
Majadle said. “I accept our democratic decision to join but if we are
not improving things, we don’t need to be there anymore.”
blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the rest of the government
for ongoing poverty and social gaps, and for the ongoing dispute with
US President Barack Obama. He said Israel was at fault for peace talks
not beginning, and not the US or the Palestinians.
builds in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and continues construction in
the West Bank can’t blame anyone else,” Majadle said.
never been a better time to advance peace and there never will be, due
to the Arab peace plan. Labor must make clear its red lines and
deadlines to Netanyahu. If he doesn’t accept our demands, we can find
the right crowbar to remove our ministers from their cabinet seats.”