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Tzipi Livni Party goes after undecided voters
By SAM SOKOL
01/21/2013
Livni, Sheetrit issue final appeals to those on the fence as Election Day approaches.
 
The Tzipi Livni Party issued its final campaign appeal on Monday, sending messages to undecided voters from the party’s founder and its No. 5 candidate, Meir Sheetrit.

The party is only expected to garner six mandates, the same as Meretz and United Torah Judaism, according to a Smith Research poll published in The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

However, Livni says that her party may garner additional mandates as, she claims, “80 percent of undecided voters are equivocating between The Tzipi Livni Party and another party.”

Livni addressed those voters still on the fence through a prerecorded message that was sent to hundreds of thousands of phones throughout the country.

Livni also released a YouTube video in which the former foreign minister and former Kadima Party chairman expressed her hope that when members of the public “ go behind the curtain” to cast their ballots, they will “not leave the country in the hands of extremists.”

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Continuing in this vein, Livni said that she is “fighting for the Zionist dream” and admitted that she is “not innocent of political mistakes” but that she has always “preferred the national considerations to personal ones.”

Livni’s statement was likely intended as a jab at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was recently castigated by former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin over allegations that his decisions on the Iranian issue have been tainted by personal concerns.

Livni continued calling for Netanyahu’s ouster in a campaign appearance at Tel Aviv’s upscale Azrieli Mall, saying that Israel requires a premier with “leadership experience.”

Addressing onlookers, Livni said that she and the candidates on her list “know what needs to be done to remove Israel from international isolation, to harness the world to protect our most vital interests and to restore economic growth.”

“We did it once and we can do it again,” she declared, saying that it would take a change in national priorities to do so, including strongly promoting the peace process and a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.

Livni called on the “large number of undecided [voters] to go out and vote tomorrow and put anger and disappointments aside and imagine, when you are alone at the polls, what kind of country you would like to see.”

Sheetrit likewise made one last appeal to undecided voters on Monday, posting a lengthy message on Facebook in which he painted a grim picture of international isolation and economic despair.

“A few days ago we proved that all the talk about a stable economy is wrong and, in fact, Israel has a huge deficit of NIS 39 billion,” Sheetrit wrote. “We are almost completely isolated in a world in which most of our friends voted against us in the United Nations.

Hamas is only getting stronger and the next round is already in sight.”

He appealed to voters to “take a few seconds to make a reckoning and ask yourself whether you want another four years of economic instability, isolation in the world and high taxes, or, alternatively, a change?”
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