Halutz, Aflalo deflect to Mofaz; Livni camp: 'Chutzpah'
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 23, 2012 19:53
Kadima leadership candidate Shaul Mofaz earned key endorsements Thursday from two former supporters of incumbent Tzipi Livni: Former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and Keren Kaymet Le'Israel Jewish National Fund honorary co-chairman Eli Aflalo.
Both men endorsed her rival even though Livni recently gave Aflalo his plum job with KKL-JNF and she brought Halutz into Kadima as an alternative security figure to Mofaz. An MK close to Livni said the two of them displayed chutzpah by turning their backs on her.
"Their behavior is absolutely shameful,” the MK said. “Halutz used Tzipi to repair his image and enter politics. Aflalo got the best deal in town, a job with a great salary and benefits. It just goes to show that in politics, there are no limits.”
That response angered the Mofaz campaign, which had made a point of not attacking Livni until now. Mofaz strategist Lior Chorev pointed to a long list of former Livni supporters including himself and said it should give her food for thought.