Kadima MK and former tourism minister Ruhama Avraham-Balila announced on Tuesday
that she was leaving politics.
Avraham-Balila, a close ally of Kadima
chairman Shaul Mofaz, told the party leader on Monday night that she would not
run for the 19th Knesset because she felt she was unable to reach her full
potential while serving as an MK.
“This was a challenging and fascinating
time in my life, in which I met many good people, but I need to feel sure of
what I am doing,” Avraham-Balila told Army Radio.
The Kadima MK denied
that she was leaving politics because she was not confident she would get into
the next Knesset, saying she wanted to use her talents
Avraham-Balila, 48, began her career in politics as an
assistant to then-Likud director-general Avigdor Liberman, and served as
secretary and bureau chief for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from
She became a Likud MK in 2003, moved to Kadima in 2005 and was
tourism minister from 2008-2009.