Let’s look into the deeper reality behind the New Israel Unity Government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Mr. Shaul Mofaz. Mofaz has said quite a few times he would not join Mr. Netanyahu’s coalition. “I intend to replace Netanyahu,” he told the New York Times in an interview last month. “I will not join his government.”
There is an old saying that says to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer!
The Iranian born Shaul Mofaz moved to Israel in 1957 and rose through the ranks to become Israel’s top general. Mofaz experienced first-hand, the tragic withdrawal of Israelis who had made their homes in the settlements of the Gaza Strip in 2005 and the pull-back of their troops.
The benefits of Netanyahu’s new unity government may very well be the answer to many political questions. Bringing two opposing sides together may create further problems down the line but for now this strange coalition will provide a united front to any enemy in the face of attack against Israel or a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program.
The agreement with Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima party, (a liberal political party in Israel), requires them to support government policies until the end of its term in October 2013.
In return, Netanyahu will back Kadima’s proposal to do away with Israel’s Tal Law, which until now has allowed Orthodox Jewish men to not serve in the military indefinitely. A growing number of Israelis have been protesting the Tal Law, saying the law allowed large numbers of the ultra-orthodox young people to get out of national service while enjoying government welfare benefits.
Netanyahu benefited greatly because he now is the head of one of the largest governing coalitions in Israel’s history and this deal gives him unprecedented stability for the next 18 month.
Experts say that if Israel is to strike Iran, it will happen this year. So, it is much better for Israel to have a unified government at a time of crisis.
It’s time to focus on the events of today and understand what is coming tomorrow.