Omri Sharon file 390 (R).
(photo credit: Gil Cohen Magen / Reuters)
Former MK Omri Sharon announced on Tuesday that he would work on behalf of
Kadima leader Tzipi Livni in her March 27 party primary race against Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz.
son of the party’s founder, former prime minister Ariel Sharon, did not endorse
any candidate in the last Kadima leadership race in 2008. He was elected to the
Knesset in 2003.
In February 2006, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court
sentenced Omri Sharon to a ninemonth prison term, a ninemonth suspended sentence
and an NIS 300,000 fine after he was convicted of violating political
fundraising laws and providing false testimony during his father’s 1999 race for
leader of Likud.
The judge who sentenced Sharon, Edna Beckenstein, was
appointed last week to head the central elections committee in
Livni reported with pride about Sharon’s addition to her campaign
in a meeting with MKs who back her at her Tel Aviv office.
roll up his sleeves and contribute his skills and abilities in order to
guarantee that Kadima under me will remain the alternative to Netanyahu and his
government,” Livni said. “It is more than symbolic, in my eyes, that Omri, the
son of the party’s founder, is taking a stand on principle.”
associates mocked Livni, noting that she was also supported by Kadima council
chairman Haim Ramon, who was convicted of sexual harassment, and Kadima house
committee chairman Tzahi Hanegbi, who was convicted of perjury.
further proof that Kadima requires a deep change,” a Mofaz spokesman said.
“Kadima needs to be fixed and its leadership refreshed in order to serve as a
fitting alternative for the Israeli voter.”
Moshe Mizrahi, who is running
on the Labor party’s Knesset list in the coming elections, criticized Kadima and
Livni after Sharon threw his support behind her.
Mizrahi said the party
is full of infamous people, criminals and former prisoners, “and now – former
prisoner Omri Sharon.”
“It is time the public opens its eyes and sees who
it really wants to lead them and if those are the values and morals [it wants],”