At a press conference on Monday morning, Knesset Member Shaul Mofaz,
who had previously announced his intention to run for Kadima party chairman, said that "today the process to replace the government begins. I intend to lead the next government and shape its identity. He also launched the campaign slogan: "Mofaz. Prime minister."
Mofaz was accompanied by a group of MKs who have already vouched their support for his campaign including Ruhama Avraham-Balila, Arie Bibi, Israel Hasson and others.
Mofaz promised that "my government will focus on a number of issues: Statehood – state and sovereignty. One law for all. No man in Israel can ignore the social issue. It touches each of us."
Mofaz presents political platform (Photo: Attila Somfalvi)
As for his political platform he said: "I have a dream to lead a journey with the aim of garnering peace. We must wave the social flag while at the same time make efforts to achieve peace with our neighbors." Mofaz thanked his supporters: "It warms the heart to see you all."
Mofaz said that he believed that "Kadima under my leadership will lead a path that Israel's citizens in the center of the political map will be able to join as an alternative to Netanyahu."
As expected, Mofaz stressed the importance of military service: "We need to provide for those who serve in the military. It is my intention to carry out processes that will lead to equality in sharing the burden of military service. In eight years only 40% will be serving in the military. That trend must change."
When asked if he would remain in the number twp spot in the party if he were to lose the primary race, he responded: "I have already withstood that test. I will continue to contribute to the State and Kadima as long as I can. I have a mission to win in Kadima. The day I'm a Kadima candidate – I'll know how to win." He also promised: "When I run against Netanyahu, the political map will change."
Mofaz expressed his support for a unity government: "This is the right way. I'm all for a unity government. Yet from the minute the Netanyahu government reaches the end of its term, I won't join the government. I'll run and I'll win."