Virtual debate: Silvan Shalom
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 8, 2005 23:23
2 minute read.
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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
1) Will the Likud under your leadership seek a coalition with Kadima?
The Likud under me will form the next government. Kadima will be considered for the coalition like any other Zionist party. It can join a Likud-led coalition if it accepts the government's guidelines that will be based on the Likud's principles.
2) If you win, will you try to build a bloc to run together with other parties on a joint list?
The Likud is the largest independent party in Israel and it has strong roots. It will maintain its independence in the election. This way, the bloc of Right, Center and religious parties will get more votes and of course, such a coalition would be a natural coalition. However any other Zionist party that wants to join can do so if it accepts the guidelines.
3) What separates the Likud under your leadership from Kadima on one side and the National Union on the other?
I am the exact center between the National Union on the Right and Kadima on the Left. They are too Right and they are too Left. I represent the positions of Center-Right - the positions of the real Likud, which has had wide support in the public for 30 years.
4) Would you be willing to make territorial concessions in Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley or the Golan Heights in return for an agreement with the Palestinians for real peace?
Anyone who talks about concessions before negotiations will wreck any chance of ever achieving peace. Any request from any side will have to come to negotiations.
5) Would you commit yourself to bringing future territorial concessions to a national referendum?
I legislated the Referendum Bill for the Golan. I advocated in favor of a referendum before disengagement, so my support for a referendum is clear and undeniable.