Kadima MKs to vote with opposition; call for party to leave coalition

Fallout from PM’s decision to dissolve universal draft panel continues as coalition teeters

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima) wants his party to abandon the coalition immediately. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/FLASH90)
MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima) wants his party to abandon the coalition immediately. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

Several Kadima MKs called on party leader Shaul Mofaz on Tuesday to quit the coalition in the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dismantling of a key committee on universal enlistment.

“Netanyahu is playing around, making a joke out of us,” complained MK Shlomo Molla. “From tomorrow I will be voting against the government.”

MKs Robert Tiviaev and Nino Abesadze joined Molla in demanding that their party leave the coalition immediately.

Mofaz himself is considering his party’s future alongside Netanyahu’s ruling coalition.

“Kadima will not compromise on the principle of universal service…. If that principle is violated, it will be a fundamental violation of the national unity agreement — with the inherent consequences,” Mofaz said on Monday.

Molla said that Kadima party members should now seek forgiveness from former party chief Tzipi Livni, who drew much criticism in the past for refusing to join the ruling Likud party in a unity government.

While Molla only called on Kadima to abandon the coalition, Tiviaev said he may consider splitting from the party altogether.

“A group may come along and suggest breaking from the party and convince me,” Tiviaev told Nana10. “Or I will initiate the move myself.”

Abesadze, who also intends to continue voting against the government as she’s been doing even after Kadima joined the coalition, accused Netanyahu of consistently avoiding committee findings in favor of political expediency.

“Kadima has no place in a coalition with a serial dodger,” she said.

The three had earlier slammed Mofaz for joining the coalition and had reportedly considered splitting off.

The outburst by the MKs comes on the same day that Kadima party founder and former justice minister Haim Ramon announced that he intends to start a new centrist party to run in the next elections.

 

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