MKs in Kadima were so divided on Sunday that they could not even agree on
whether the party will stay united or whether a group of the seven MKs necessary
to split the party will come together this week.
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As he has in the past,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is actively trying to bring about a split in
Kadima and has met multiple MKs over the past two days. Such a split could help
Netanyahu widen his coalition again, pass the 2013 state budget, and avoid early
Past attempts to split Kadima were unsuccessful because they
lacked leadership. But this time, Netanyahu is relying on former minister Tzahi
Hanegbi, who is angry at Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz for removing the party from
the coalition and who has been trying to persuade seven Kadima MKs to leave
together with him to Likud.