Rivlin, who says he remains loyal to the teachings of the Likud's spiritual father Ze'ev Jabotinsky, explained that he does support the call for a referendum. "I don't agree with this approach," he said. "Instead, we must have new elections."
The Knesset Speaker explained to the ambassadors that in the national election campaign of two years ago, one of the main issues was a proposal by Labor Party candidate Amram Mitzna to withdraw unilaterally from all of Gaza. Sharon took the opposite position, telling his Cabinet only three weeks before the January 2003 election, "Amram Mitzna's plan, which is essentially a continuation of [former Prime Minister Ehud] Barak's plan, is an irresponsible plan; it's a drastic mistake."