New Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz started putting together his team to run the party
on Sunday, naming a new director-general and deputy
Mofaz kept his promise not to fire any Kadima workers
until after Passover. He had asked Moshe Shehori to stay on as director-general
until after the holiday even though he was a loyalist of former Kadima head
Tzipi Livni and had offered to resign the day after she lost the March 27
For the director-general post, Mofaz named Ezra Nahum, who has
served for the past 15 years as deputy director-general of the city of Ramat
Gan. A spokesman for Mofaz said Nahum had vast administrative experience and was
the right man to put the party back on the right track and prepare it for the
next general election.
Mofaz named his political adviser Tal Ashkenazi as
deputy director-general. Ashkenazi is a city councilman in Or Yehuda and
a former aide to MK Dalia Itzik (Kadima).
While Mofaz was appointing new
staff to run Kadima, Livni made a surprise appearance at an event marking
Mimouna, a festive holiday celebrated by Moroccan Jews the day after Passover.
Livni went to a party at the home of a Kadima activist in Kfar Hanagid, a moshav
20 km. south of Tel Aviv.
“They told me that I have been freed
from the obligation of politicians to go to Mimouna parties, but I came out of
love and respect,” Livni tweeted. “I feel love for my friends who accompanied me
and respect for this beautiful and special tradition.”
have in the past advised “not to read too much” into Livni’s tweets since the
election. But her supporters in the Kadima faction expressed hope that the
tweets indicated that she cannot remove herself from public life and that she
would choose to remain in the Knesset and in Kadima.
Sources close to
Livni hinted that she would announce her political future by April 30 when the
Knesset’s spring recess ends. Meanwhile, she is not expected to attend a
seven-hour work meeting for the faction that Mofaz called for this coming
At the last faction meeting Mofaz convened, MKs complained that
they were forced to leave their cellphones outside the meeting. But Mofaz’s
loyalists said the MKs would have to take their jobs more seriously now and that
the party had to make up for lost time and get ready for the next election.