Opposition Growing in Kadima to Coalition Deal

Faction chair MK Dalia Itzik admitted in a television interview that 'the move toward a government of national unity looks very bad, and this move toward unity was forced.'

Kadima MKs from former party leader Tzipi Livni's camp slammed the agreement to join the government, making a split within the party appear increasingly likely.

"If Kadima does not make the peace process a condition for continuing our partnership in the government, there is nothing there for us," MK Shlomo Molla said during a Conference of the Left, held on Friday in Tel Aviv.

"If [Kadima party leader Shaul] Mofaz does not draw a red line and say that there is no point in holding discussions on legalizing illegal outposts, then we are essentially the Likud party and we are here to whitewash them. We have nothing [to look for] there [in the coalition]," Molla added.

"The fact that there is a discussion on evaluating the possibility of creating legislation to bypass the Supreme Court, reflects badly on this government," Molla said in reference to efforts by the coalition to legitimize illegal outposts.

Another Kadima MK, Nino Abesadze, called the Kadima-Likud coalition a "Bolshevik coalition," and said that "this crazy camp must be stopped. "To date I respected the rules of the game of the party. From now on I do not feel obligated," she warned.

Abesadze stress that "I am in total war against ...everything that could perpetuate that which the right calls the phenomenon of the Greater Land of Israel."

'Trafficking in MKs'

MK Orit Zuaretz, also from the Livni camp, compared Mofaz's move to join the Netanyahu coalition to trafficking in humans.

"I returned from an international conference in Boston and I spoke there about efforts made by Israel against the trafficking of women. It turns out that meanwhile, before the eyes of the public, human trafficking was taking place - a public auction of 28 MKs and 90,000 party members of Kadima to Netanyahu," Zuaretz wrote this on her Facebook page.

Faction chair MK Dalia Itzik admitted in a television interview that "the move toward a government of national unity looks very bad, and this move toward unity was forced."

Itzik expressed her hope that the results of the political move would be positive.

Breaking away from the coalition appears to be inevitable for Livni camp MKs., However they are concerned that the coalition will try to block their departure by toughening the terms of the law, which currently allows a third of the party or at least seven MKs to leave the party and retain their funding.

Meanwhile, MK Moshe Ya'alon (Likud ) said that the Prime Minister had acted correctly in broadening the coalition, but warned "we should also examine the negative implications of the move. The shifting back and forth and the lack of confidence in promises undermines public trust," he said.

Opposition demands

Meanwhile, opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich (Labor ) is demanding the chairmanship of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, which was promised to Kadima after it joined the coalition. Until now, the position had been held by the opposition. Because of the small size of the opposition, Yacimovich is also asking to be able to call for a instead of the current 40 required.