(LAHAV HARKOV reporting from the Knesset on Jpost). In a special plenum meeting during the last week of the Knesset’s summer recess, MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) faced off against Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni in the Knesset on Monday by praising Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for negotiating Gilad Schalit’s release from captivity, one day after Livni publicly slammed the deal.
“The Schalit deal sets a dangerous precedent for the number of murderers freed, Despite this, I supported an exchange in the last government and the current government. It is our responsibility to bring our soldiers home.”
“I think the right thing was done, considering the circumstances."
In an unusual move, Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On defended Netanyahu, congratulating him “on the brave steps he took in freeing Gilad Schalit.”
“Kadima MKs, you stand here on the stage and you can’t give [Netanyahu] even a little bit of credit? That is very unfortunate."
“Don’t get excited. I’m not a fan of the prime minister, But we must know how to give credit for courage and leadership.”