Shaul Mofaz

A Coalition Collapses

07/17/2012
Editorial

So much for Israel’s coalition government, which lasted all of two months.

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz announced Tuesday that he was taking his party and its 28 Knesset seats out of the government over the failure to reach a compromise on the proposed draft law that would have done away with many of the existing exemptions for haredim and Arab Israelis.

‘King’ Bibi Seen Having More Leeway

How he’ll move forward with unity coalition unclear.

05/08/2012
Staff Writer

Israeli columnists are calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the “King of Israel” after the new unity government he forged together early Tuesday gave him the political leverage he craved to remake parts of Israeli society.

“He has brought in [to his coalition government] a large centrist party, which tends to somewhat neutralize the right-wingers in his coalition and gives him more leeway to maneuver,” observed Yossi Alpher, an Israeli political analyst and co-editor of the Israeli-Palestinian online publication BitterLemons.net.

Bibi Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz: New coalition partners. getty images

Israel Scraps Early Elections As Kadima Joins Unity Government

05/08/2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the new government coalition including the Kadima Party as the "broadest unity government in Israeli history."

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce Kadima's agreement to join the coalition government, Netanyahu said the new government would "benefit Israel" and is a way "to restore stability without elections."

Tzipi Livni Resigns From Knesset

05/01/2012

 

Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni resigned from Israel's Knesset.

Livni delivered a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her departure from the legislature prior to a meeting with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at which she submitted her letter of resignation. She did not take any questions from reporters.

"I shall continue to work for a different Israel; our children deserve no less," she told Rivlin upon submitting her resignation.

Religious Exemptions From IDF To Change, Says Netanyahu

04/29/2012

The Tal Law, which enables full-time yeshiva students to be exempted from mandatory army service, will be replaced with "a more egalitarian and just law," Israel's Prime Minister promised activists.

"The division of the burden must be changed. What has been is not what will be," Benjamin Netanyahu told representatives of reservist activists protesting as part of what is called the "suckers' encampment."

Plaudits for Open University

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

There was an excessive amount of praise between the military and civilians at a gala dinner on Dec. 13 at The Plaza for the American Friends of the Open University of Israel.

Upon receiving the organization’s Yigal Alon Award, Gen. (ret.) Shaul Mofaz earned the admiration of the gold-plated audience for his accomplishments in the IDF and current service in the Knesset.

Mofaz turned to Ingeborg Rennert, president of the American Friends, and declared, “As an old soldier I salute you for your support of one of the best educational systems in Israel.”

Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert at Open University of Israel gala at The Plaza. Photo by Tim Boxer
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