Itzik: Opening Session Seems 17th Knesset's Swan Song
(IsraelNN.com) Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik opened the winter session of the Knesset by saying "The opening session is apparently it's last." She had just been informed by President Shimon Peres, during a meeting also attended by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu, that he could not find a way to assemble a new government.
Itzik said she had prepared three speeches: A festive one to open the session, another one for swearing in a new government, and the statement that she ended up making. She repeated her previous calls for a national unity government, especially because of the world economic crisis. She said, "It's the will of the people, which wants to give the power to govern in place of a fragile administration."
She called on her fellow Members of Knesset not to "let us deteriorate to wild tongue lashing and incitement against each other. Let us not tie the hands of the next Knesse and the next government by starting irresponsible investigations, even if they earn us immediate applause."