Israeli Mega-Coalition Collapses

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As Yaalon put it: “We are seeing a positive process in the haredi world—we are seeing more and more of them in the army, studying [general subjects]and working—these are things that we never saw before….”

Mati Tuchfeld, a columnist for Israel’s popular conservative daily Israel Hayom, had harsher words, writing:

it was obvious that Mofaz never intended to legislate a mandatory ultra-Orthodox military draft or to reform the system of government. His only goal was to extricate his party from the certain doom that awaited it in the imminent election…. It is now clear that the only version of a mandatory ultra-Orthodox enlistment law that Kadima would have supported would have been [one that prompted] the ultra-Orthodox parties to quit the coalition…. When Mofaz realized that this was not going to happen, he got up and left. The negotiations between Kadima and Likud over the last two weeks were nothing more than a charade….

Who’s right? Has it been Netanyahu playing cynical games, or Mofaz and Kadima?

A piece of what could be called smoking-gun evidence suggests it’s the latter. As Israel Hayom revealed earlier this week, just two months earlier Kadima had submitted a bill opposing stiff punishments for draft evaders and—no less—calling for a haredi enlistment age of 26. On the day of that report, July 15, a Likud cabinet minister already said that “Kadima wants to dismantle the partnership; everything is just a game.” Netanyahu replied: “There’s a lot of truth to that.”

One can also ask if a dispute over the age of enlistment, along with some other points of disagreement, was really so grave a rift that Kadima had no choice but to bolt—or was looking to do so all along.

In any case, Israel is now left again with a narrow coalition while the Middle East is literally exploding around it. But if Kadima is incapable of showing national responsibility, perhaps it’s best that it’s out of the picture and likely on the way to electoral oblivion.

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  • SHmuel HaLevi

    I recall it as it was today…
    Years back don Mofaz, retired general of the type usually produced by the "israeli democatiahhh", sent us a letter, us meaning LIKUD Central Committee Members, fervently declaring his alliance with the LIKUD… forever…
    Twenty four hours later he had joined with another 13 LIKUD mandate usurpers, the Sharon gangs that destroyed major core elements of the State of Israel. Many of those later found guilty of a multitude of crimes and some still serving jail terms.
    Nothing has changed since. What was political trash remains trash.
    Anyone placing any trust on those elements is obviously disconnected from reality.
    Mofaz, Halutz, Barak, Ramon, Olmert, Livni , Sharon and family, Peres and groups of others "belong" in the same sack.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    It might be counterproductive for Israel to have Arabs fight in the military.

    • Stern

      The Druze? They serve willingly, with honour and distinction.

      As for the others, the whole idea was to give them other options, such as doing some sort of non-military national service. This would give them more of a stake in the country, make them feel less of an "us vs. them" syndrome. All of these options would have been explored and probably will be eventually.

  • Nehama, UK

    Let's put another angle in the mix shall we. During his short stint as Israel's VPM, Mofaz had a unscheduled meeting with Obama while in Washington; Obama just happened to "drop in" on Mofaz's meeting 21st June meeting with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. We all know about Obama's coolness for Netanyahu, yet he "drops in" and gets all chummy with Mofaz; then, less than a month later Mofaz pulls out of the coalition on less than convincing grounds. But no one twigs that Mofaz is dancing to his new master's drumbeat? Obama has offered his goodies, and Mofaz is swooning.

  • bubbaland1

    Frankly who cares. Israel is led by a total blowhard, Netanyahu. A man who made a career as an opposition member advocating a strident no negotiations with terrorists. Look where that went once he became Prime Minister, Wye River accords, etc. The man is constantly barking about Iran and as recently as yesterday Netanyahu said that Israel would carry out a “strong response” against Iran. Who believes this guy? I mean really. Netanyahu is always talking and doing absolutely nothing. Moreover, Obama says sit, and Netanyahu sits. As long as Netanyahu and Obama are both in office there is not going to be a strike on Iran. Iran will have, or has the bomb, and the West will whine how did this happen, ooo they hide the facilities from the UN.
    Put the fork out of the West/Israel they are toast.

    • mlcblog

      That's your opinion. Go back to bubbaland and stay there.

      • bubbaland1

        What is wrong with expressing one's opinion? Frankly, could you tell me what is wrong my post? You don't like it fine, but don't whine about it. Offer something substantive. Such as I disagree with your perspective, and propose the following perspective …Alternatively, perhaps you are unable to do so, or perhaps you like social environments where dissenting views are silenced. As for my handle it is a tongue in cheek comment on the dullards who live in the southeastern United States. That's my opinion.

    • HoR_Emperor

      I'm guessing you're one of those crackpots who thinks that it doesn't matter who gets elected because we're all doomed, right?

      Go away, this is a site for grown-ups.

      • Mensch Keymelon

        "…grown-ups." it says.

      • bubbaland1

        If you are attempting to express some sort of smug superior tone by the use of the phrase "grown-ups" get real. I am guessing that you are probably one of those "crackpots" that sits at home with a can of bud in both hands watching the 1980 US-USSR hockey game chanting USA, USA, USA.. Or perhaps you are one of those individuals who thinks that the Israel of today is the same Israel that conducted the raid on Entebbe. News flash, Israel of today is not the Israel of yesterday.

        Israel is in peril, and it is lead by an individual who may be a good orator, however, his threats to Iran, Hamas, Hizbullah and others is a long as a torah scroll and yet he has not made good on them. In the mean the West gives Islamofascists a past. Look at Boko Haram in Nigeria, they kill christians with impunity. Where is the outrage?

  • Mensch Keymelon

    "I presented you with a proposal that would have led to the conscription of the ultra-Orthodox and the Arabs from the age of 18."

    I'll take strategic ways to destroy an occupied people for $500.

    Answer: What is an insidious plot to destroy social unity by further alienating occupied Palestinians ( "Isralis" ) and Ultra-Orthodox Jews?

    • HoR_Emperor

      Shut up, anti-Semitic troll.

  • Ghostwriter

    Mensch Keymelon,you wallow in anti-semitism like a pig wallows in mud. You both like it.

    • Mensch Keymelon

      "Anti-semetism" is meaningless…just another "race card" for weak people to attack those they disagree with.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The one thing about politics that sickens me is the proclivity of leftists to imperil the citizens
    by playing nice with the devil. Stupid, stupid, stupid, Mofaz, at this time of peril the mouse
    chases pieces of fetid cheese, what a shmuck………………..William