Shaul Mofaz, the leader of Israel’s centrist Kadima party, posed three questions this month to Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking in the Knesset, he said: “Prime minister, tell me, who is our biggest enemy, the U.S. or Iran? Who do you want replaced, Ahmadinejad or Obama? How low are you prepared to drag relations with our closest [...]
"It's up to Netanyahu to defeat Ahmedinejad, not Obama." --Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz on the deepening rift between Israel and the US.
Paul R. Pillar An admirable characteristic of Israeli democracy has been the vigor and frankness with which those who are permitted to participate in it conduct political debate. There is a refreshing directness and openness that, on some of the very same topics, is usually missing from political discourse in the United States. Show More Summary
Timing is not everything in politics, but it is not nothing. Shaul Mofaz left the coalition last night for the right reasons, which will continue to resonate in Israeli electoral politics, but he is two weeks too late to establish himself, against all odds, as an alternative leader to Benjamin Netanyahu. Show More Summary
Shaul Mofaz wants the Orthodox and Palestinian Israelis to serve in the military. But his party, Kadima, has little power to bring this about
Shaul Mofaz comes, and Shaul Mofaz goes. That was fun while it lasted. I'm moving around a bit --…
Shaul Mofaz’s decision to lead his centrist Kadima party out of Israel’s broad coalition government shows that there is at least one politician left in the Western world who has a bottom line, which he called a “red line.” Standing...Show More Summary
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's grand political masterstroke has officially failed. Kadima chairman and Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz announced during a closed-door faction meeting Tuesday night that his party is quitting...Show More Summary
As a third round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers ended conclusively Tuesday, Israeli vice prime minister and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz called on the so-called P5+1 to focus on stopping Iran's uranium enrichment...Show More Summary
Shaul Mofaz, leader of the centrist Kadima party in Israel that recently formed a coalition with the right-wing Likud party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu, said in an interview with the Washington Post that on his frist trip to the United States as Israel’s vice prime minister he will appeal for American support for [...]
Kadima council chairman Haim Ramon marred the celebrations in the party over Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz’s joining the cabinet Wednesday when he sent Mofaz a fiercely-worded letter announcing that he was quitting his post and leaving the party altogether, Israeli daily Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday The daily added that Ramon was one of the [...]
The advent of a new unity government in Israel provides a fresh opportunity to revive the peace process. Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz is on record favoring immediate recognition of a Palestinian state with provisional borders that would give them sixty percent of the West Bank, (to be followed by final status negotiations). Show More Summary
Israel's biggest news story of recent months happened in the early hours of May 8: the head of the opposition, Shaul Mofaz, agreed to join Benjamin Netanyahu's government, thus postponing the early elections Netanyahu had announced just days before.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu moved from the far right to just the Right on Tuesday by bringing into his government the center-right Kadima Party, led by Shaul Mofaz. Mofaz has been sharply critical of reported plans by Netanyahu and his defense minister Ehud Barak, to launch a go-it-alone military attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment [...]
In an unexpected development, Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled early elections in Israel, instead forming a unity government with Kadima, the center-right rival recently taken over by Shaul Mofaz. The elections, which would have taken place in September, will now get delayed a year, which ironically may be a good thing for what some call Israel's worst government ever.
Shaul Mofaz's move to join Netanyahu has led some to hope for a renewed peace process. But Mofaz's record is anything but peaceful.
Michael Koplow summarizes everyone's reaction to the bombshell news that Israel's opposition leader, Kadima head Shaul Mofaz, has joined Bibi's government: First of all, wow. The deal to form a Likud-Kadima government is a master stroke by Bibi Netanyahu, who...
Bibi Netanyahu is bringing Shaul Mofaz into a unity government? Wait—??what?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled a fast one, just as the Knesset was moving toward its dissolution in preparation for the Sept. 4 elections. Netanyahu struck a deal with Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz, who recently toppled party leader Tzipi Livni, to form a unity government. Show More Summary
In a surprise move, Benjamin Netanyahu has cut a deal with Shaul Mofaz's Kadima Party to join his coalition government, effectively canceling the Israeli elections he had just announced. Paul Mutter breaks down the deal and what it means for Israeli politics and a possible attack on Iran.