SOURCE: CECI; Omninet Capital

June 13, 2012 16:59 ET

Government Reform Proposals to MK Shaul Mofaz Ignite Excitement for Change

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - Neil Kadisha, CEO of Omninet Capital, congratulates CECI on their significant achievements resulting from the May 31, 2012, exclusive, closed-door meeting at Tel Aviv University between Israeli civic leaders and members of The Citizens' Empowerment Center in Israel's "Forum for Government Stability." During the meeting, Forum members submitted a proposal of four government reform initiatives to the Deputy Prime Minister and Kadima Party leader, MK Shaul Mofaz. Participants at the meeting included: Izak Parviz Nazarian, Dora Kadisha, Michael Strauss, Nochi Dankner, Amos Shapira, Ron Nachman, Professor Shimon Shitrit, Elisha Yanai, Erez Meltzer, Gus Kaplan, Galia Albin, Shraga Brosh and Uri Dori.

The four (4) initiatives submitted to MK Mofaz are:

1. Raise the majority of votes required for a "non-confidence" motion to dissolve government
2. Minimize the number of government in-office Ministers to 18
3. Raise the qualifying electoral threshold to 2.5%
4. Incorporate a regional element in the national election process, so that 60 Knesset members would be elected by a national election and 60 by a regional-based election

During the meeting, Forum members asked Deputy Minister Mofaz to initiate a governmental resolution to form a team of professional experts who will coordinate the government reform efforts. In accordance with the Forum members' request, Mofaz agreed to assemble a team of professional experts under the title "The Examination Team for Government Reform."

The team's duties will include:

1. Advise the Parliamentary staff on how to approach the government system reform
2. Present recommendations to the Israeli government, within 45 days, regarding legislation amendments on the matter of reform
3. Advise and guide the Ministerial committee on legislation
4. Present the committee's conclusions to the general public

MK Mofaz congratulated the businessmen for holding the meeting by stating, "The 2 issues we agreed upon in the 'unity coalition agreement' are both a top national priority. They include: 'Amend the Tal Act' and 'Reform the Governmental System.' I chose to join a unified national government in order to promote the core issues of the State of Israel. The new committee will commence its work as of June 2012 and will put an emphasis on government transparency and representation. I believe that the public must be involved and take part in this important process."

Izak Parviz Nazarian commented, "It is time to translate the reform initiative into practice. The bills and the recommendation to form a team of professional experts under the supervision of Deputy Prime Minister Mofaz enable the immediate promotion of necessary changes in favor of securing political stability in Israel for the benefit of all citizens."

Neil Kadisha, CEO of Omninet Capital, and one of the founders of CECI, has been a strong supporter of the organization since its inception. On the forum, Kadisha stated, "This historic moment was the result of the hard work of many who love Israel and want to secure government stability to ensure its future wellbeing. Prime Minister Netanyahu and MK Mofaz are now responsible to accomplish that change. Their influence will be the catalyst to implement the much needed reforms for the good of both the Israeli people and the worldwide Jewish community."

Neil Kadisha, a businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Omninet, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer. Omninet subsequently joined forces with Qualcomm in 1988. Kadisha served on the board of directors of Qualcomm for 14 years, from 1988 - 2002. Over the last 20 years under Kadisha's leadership, Omninet Capital, LLC has been a diversified investment firm which focuses on the fields of wireless communication, venture capital, and real estate.

He has also served on the board of directors of The Jewish Federation, and as a trustee of The Jewish Community Foundation. Currently, Kadisha is serving on the board of directors for the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world's leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization in more than 70 countries worldwide since 1914 and on the board of Phoenix House, a nonprofit drug & alcohol rehabilitation organization with a focus on at risk youth which has 150 programs in 10 states.

"The Forum for Government Stability" is a group of prominent Israeli civic and business leaders whose purpose is to help promote legislation and activities geared toward securing reform of Israel's government system. The group was established in 2008, spearheaded by "The Citizens' Empowerment Center Israel."


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