Former minister Avraham-Balila drops out of Knesset race

By
October 24, 2012 02:46

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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 elsewhere.

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 1994-1999.

She became a Likud MK in 2003, moved to Kadima in 2005 and was tourism minister from 2008-2009.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 17, 2018
Turkish lira weakens to 5.86, U.S. warns of more sanctions

By REUTERS