Momentum Heats UP!

BEST CECI Logo with no backgroundLikud Leaders Seek Netanyahu’s Leadership to Lead Electoral Reform

Dear Friends of CECI,

Onward and Upward!  I am happy to report that just one day after the Kadima Party and the Israel Beitainu Party announced they’d be joining forces to push for reform of Israel’s government system, seniors in the Likud Party are now urging Netanyahu to take up the reins and lead the “change”.

This is a very exciting time for all of us.  The tide is turning.  Israeli leaders are primed for electoral reform.  Government stability is on the horizon, and we must not lose momentum.  Stay tuned as CECI will be providing updates and please contact us to find out how you can help.

Below, please find a press article from Maariv Newspaper.  I am sure you will find the good news most inspiring.

Sincerely,

Dora Kadisha

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By Meirav David and Mia Bangal

Seniors in the Likud Party announced that before the opening of the Knesset’s winter session, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to lead the change in the government system that will allow government stability and a wide range of responsibilities within the scope of the Prime Minister and larger parties.

A turning point has emerged as a result of the exposure of Maariv’s news article yesterday (Haim Ramon’s negotiations on behalf of the Chairperson of the Opposition, Tzipi Livni, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Avigdor Liberman).  In order to promote electoral reform, seniors in the Likud party proclaim that the party that leads the government needs to promote its own initiative on the issue.

According to the seniors, Netanyahu needs to lead an initiative at this time while his government is stable and he has a reputation of being a strong Prime Minister by Coalition partners.  The seniors explained that changing the system is important to strengthening government stability, which will allow the Prime Minister to govern and reduce his dependency on Coalition partners in the current government system.  They want Netanyahu to break the agreement with Shas who opposes changing the system and to promote cooperation with the Labor Party, Israel Beitainu, and Kadima.  Netanyahu avoided commiting to this initiative when he was requested to do so prior to the Coalition negotiations for establishing the government.  At that time,Netanyahu did not have a clear stand because of his obligations to Shas as a Coalition partner. However, if the 4 largest parties, Likud, Kadima, Israel Beitainu and the Labor Party should support the change, they will have a majority.

The initiative to support reform of the government system has been discussed many times by different organizations, but now the idea is gaining support among seniors in the political system.

Certain members of The CECI Economic Forum for Government Stability, among them, businessmen Izzy Borovich, Michael Strauss, and former MK Menachem Ben-Sasson, met recently with Ministers in order to convince them to support changing the system.  Members of the Forum met with the Minister of Justice Yaakov Neeman, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya`alon,Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Agriculture Shalom Simhon, Minister of Minorities Avishay Braverman, and Ministers Miki Eitan and Yossi Peled. Yesterday, the Forum’s spokesperson stated they were impressed that there is support to change the government system among the Ministers, although they are divided as to what alternativesystem to choose.

Insiders for the Prime Minister commented, “Netanyahu is dealing with the real management of the country and not in spinning rumors about the Chairman of the Opposition, Tzipi Livni. However, the Prime Minister is working in complete coordination with the Minister Lieberman.”

To review the complete article, please click here: http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART1/950/906.html

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