Yadin Calls for New Government Election Reforms

Prof. Yigal Yadin made a new foray into politics over the weekend with a call for the establishment of a new government and a change in the electoral system. The former armed forces Chief of Staff, now a prominent archaeologist, claimed, in an interview published in Maariv that there was a crisis of non-confidence in the government of Premier Yitzhak Rabin.

“There is a feeling that there is no rule of law but of desperation,” he said. “In a state of siege such as ours, and considering the difficult times ahead, there is nothing so dangerous as such feelings among the public.” He suggested that a temporary care-taker government be formed with the immediate task of arranging for new Knesset elections on a direct ballot regional basis in place of the present system of voting for party lists. Yadin announced on a television interview last week that he had giving surface thought to the establishment of a new independent faction which he would head and which he would use, if successful, as a base to seek the Premiership.

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