Israel’s Unity Government

9 May

In the late evening of Monday, May 7th a major political shift occurred resulting in the establishment of the broadest unity government that Israel has seen to date. In addition, the early elections scheduled to take place in September were cancelled.

Netanyahu and Mofaz

The opposition party, Kadima, formed by former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, joined the Netanyahu coalition government.  Although this is not the first “unity” government ever to form in Israel, it is the most broad-based government in history being led by a very popular prime minister, Netanyahu. Kadima’s current chairman, Shaul Mofaz, who just two weeks ago beat Tzippi Livni for Kadima’s top spot, will now be Israel’s senior vice prime minister and will fill in for Prime Minister Netanyahu when he is abroad.

Around 2:30 a.m., Prime Minister Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz made the dramatic announcement that the Knesset would not be dissolved and that Kadima was joining the government. The new agreement, which was approved by the MKs of all the major parties during late-night meetings, stipulates that Kadima will not seek to topple the government until the official end of its term on October 22, 2013. Under the new deal, Mofaz will be a “Minister Without Portfolio” and will also join the Security Cabinet.

What this really means for Israel is that the new coalition minimizes the power of the smaller parties in which no single party can bring down the government or even attempt to.  It will be interesting to see what emerges from this newly formed coalition as they have already begun to expiring the Tal Law, which granted military service exemptions for Israel’s ultra Orthodox.   Furthermore, although too soon to tell, this new coalition might approach negotiations with Iran, the Palestinians and other security threats differently. Netanyahu said that a broad national unity government is good for security, the economy, the society and the Israeli people.

Your Federation wants to know what you think!  Will this merging of parties to create a unity government have a positive or negative effect on Israel and it’s people?

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Please visit the news links below for additional information:

> The Jerusalem Post
> Haaretz
> The New York Times
> Commentary by David Horovitz

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3 Responses to “Israel’s Unity Government”

  1. Defender of freedom May 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Israel moving to the Right , to Conservatism politically & this is good news as its the only thing that will save Israel from her enemies. Now it’s time American jews follow suit abandon the anti Israel anti family, anti God , anti free maerket ideology that is liberalism and stop voting for the Democrat Party

  2. L. Smull May 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Many in Israel do not support PM Netanyahu nor the new coalition. Especially the liberals, many university students (63% are reservists in the army). We all feel the the only peace and solution that Israel and its citizens will have is to allow the west bank to be a country for the Palestinians. The religious right (mostly ultra Orthodox Jews who refuse to serve in the army to defend Israel and live off government stipends) have stolen the government for most of the history of Israel.

    I have stopped donating money to Israel sometime ago. Having some family in Israel and being in contact with them and have spoken with many Israelis. Most feel that Netanyahu is not good for Israel. That he is greedy, an elitist, pompous and wants to stay in power as long as possible. It is well known that Netanyahu is not well liked nor trusted by many members of his own part.

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